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Friday, January 21, 2011

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron Queen (Iron Fey #3)
Author: Julie Kagawa

ISBN: 9780373210183

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Page #: 362

Source: From Netgalley

Summary (From the author's website):

"In less than twenty-four hours I'll be seventeen.

Although, technically, I won't actually be turning seventeen. I've been in the Nevernever too long. When you're in Faery, you don't age. So while a year has passed in the real world, agewise I'm probably only a few days older than when I went in.

In real life, I've changed so much I don't even recognize myself.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of the conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.

First Lines:

"Eleven years ago, on my sixth birthday, my father disappeared. One year ago, on the very same day, my brother was taken from me, as well. But that time, I went into Faery to take him back."
Page 9

I'm a fan of this series... see other reviews:
The Iron King
The Iron Daughter

So, anything I say is completely colored by my love of this story. I'm a huge fan and if you haven't read the other books in this series, I highly recommend them. Luckily, this book is equally as awesome - so do it now!

I've never read an ebook before. I've decided that I may only do that for books I really want to get my hands on. If I was kinda "meh" about a book, I don't think an ebook would be the way to go. But something like this? I'm just glad I could read it early :). Thanks Netgalley!

Okay, so the actual review... I. Loved. It. Seriously. Typically I don't enjoy books that make me cry, but this one was totally because I was so involved in the story and loved the characters so much. The ending was hard to read, but I'm not going to give anything away. I hope :). But it's so beautifully written that I couldn't help but be emotionally moved. How many books can you say that about?

The characters have continued growing from the first book until now. You start out with a girl who is in a typical high school - nothing doing... and then she gets pulled into this world of Faery. It's amazing to watch her grow into the woman she becomes - well, still a teenager... but she's more of a woman than some adults I know. And to watch the relationships with Ash and Puck grow is wonderful. Everything becomes more defined and specific - which I really appreciated.

The worlds that Kagawa has created are just amazingly vivid and magical. There are things about them that make you feel like you're there with the characters. And she does this so seamlessly, you barely even realize it. I suppose that's one of the reasons these books are so hard to put down - you want to get back into that amazing world and live for a bit longer.

You know, this book felt like an ending to a trilogy. Honestly, you could stop reading after this one and you would be none the wiser. Of course, there is more to be had... and why wouldn't you read on?! But this one ties most everything up nicely. You have everyone moving on to the next step in their lives. I, for one, am so ready to find out what happens next!

This probably goes without saying, but I absolutely recommend this series to any lovers of fantasy. Or books. Or life. These books are just that good! No, seriously. Anyone who is into faery stuff or likes the paranormal romances - or really even action (there are battle scenes, people!), I think you would like this one. This book comes out in a few days - the 25th - so, I really suggest you go out and get it. I'll be attempting to get one for my library, for sure.

Can I just say that the teaser in the back of the book for Kagawa's next book (The Iron Knight) made me wish for it right now! Too bad I'm gonna have to wait, but I will absolutely be excited for it. It's also really cool to watch a debut author from just last year come out with three awesome books back to back to back. I'm impressed, really. I'll probably read anything she does in the future, too.

Speaking of the author, go check out her website and her blog and stuff. I look forward to seeing more updates about future titles :).
Other Blog Reviews:

Candace's Book Blog
Geeky Blogger's Book Blog
A Blog About Nothing
Books With Bite
Just Your Typical Book Blog
There are lots of other reviews out there already! They all look positive... which is super awesome!


Kayla said...

Great review! This series looks really good.

Tasha said...

Great review! I really enjoyed this book as well and my review will be up shortly.

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