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Teen Book Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

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Book Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

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The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

Title & Author: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

Genre: YA- Fantasy (Fairies)

Release Date: January 25, 2011

Series: 3rd in a planned series

Publisher:Harlequin Teen

How I Got the Book:Bought


“My name is Meghan Chase.

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 conflict so powerful, I’m not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.”

A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action

(Hank Williams Jr. anyone? lol)

I don’t think any one thing was particularly “wrong” with The Iron Queen. I think I’m going through a sort of book PMS.

Random things will make me irritable when I’m reading and I find myself unjustly frustrated at the characters or the setting or…anything. Just like with my husband when the real thing occurs, I pity the books who face this fiery wrath. (Tim is a saint.)

Although The Iron Queen isn’t the worst book I’ve read or anything, it didn’t leave me breathless or satisfied or even feeling much of anything. It was just sort of blah.

Nothing particularly stood out to me about this novel. The series has lost a little of it’s luster for me. At this point in the story, I don’t want Meghan to fight another bad guy. I want progression.

To me, the story has become a series of obstacles that Meghan, Puck and Ash must overcome. Their character development seems to have come to a halt and external circumstances have become the main focus of the story.

I have to say the tons of action in the book is pretty entertaining- Meghan and Ash ride these weird but cute hangglider bugs and there are some deadly skirmishes with the iron fey. I just think at this point in the series, something else should be happening to the protagonists.

Wanting More

I had pretty high expectations for The Iron Queen. I mean the The Iron Daughter left me hanging off a pretty steep cliff, and I thought the beginning of this book was going to totally knock me out of the water. Instead it floundered (pun not intended).

With so many other books tugging for my attention, I may take a break before I dig into The Iron Knight. I’m really interested in reading the story from Ash’s point of view, but I’m worried about being disappointed again.


I think fans of the Iron Fey series in general will probably be happy with this third novel in the series, but for me The Iron Queen fell flat. The characters didn’t develop and the same bad guys keep returning in slightly different forms. I needed something more from The Iron Queen!

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  • Ah, well, you make good points. I adored this book, but I can see that it isn’t for everyone. I love my characters in full-throttle action, but not everyone does.

  • Kate

    I didn’t even like the first book. I want to finish the series, but have been skimming since the second one! Hopefully book four will spark my interest?

  • Melissa Hayden

    Sorry you didn’t feel for this one as much. I think I liked it more as it wasn’t as much the Meghan/Ash thing and more of the world and battle to come. Yeah, we got the Meghan and Ash stuff. But I like that more battles where brought in too.

    Thanks for the review!