Harlequin Teen, 02.01.11
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 stay by my side. Drag me into the core of a conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.
The Iron Queen is the third book in the Iron Fey series, by Julie Kagawa. The book begins with what seems like that hardest task of Meghan Chase's life: going home, after having disappeared for over a year. What Meghan doesn't know, is that she will soon face much harder tasks; trials of love, strength, determination, and doing what's right, even if it breaks you. This book is all-out war, and surprises come from all sides as Meghan and Ash are forced to take on the false-Iron King.
I just finished this book yesterday, and one thing is for sure: it is intense! My mind is still high off the emotions I experienced when reading this book. There is so much action, fighting, emotion, drama, joking, and suspense, that it kept me reading all through the night. I had to know what happened next...and then what happened after that. I also had to read Ash's lines over and over. *drool*
I was worried when I first stared reading, because I didn't get into it as quickly as I got into the first two books. I missed the cold, hard, Ash that I had grown to love, and wasn't sure about the doting, loving Ash who was there at the beginning of the book. But once the action started picking up, I realized he was still the same Ash, and I had no more worries. He even drops a few funny lines here and there that are ace. I loved the banter between him and Puck, and if you're like me (you love Puck for his humor and all-too-cheery disposition), he will not disappoint. Other favorite characters make appearances in this book as well, along with some new favorites.
Meghan grows a lot in the short time-span of this book, going from constantly being protected, to the one doing the protecting and giving orders. Julie Kagawa was able to make the character growth believable, even at such a fast rate, which I seriously appreciate. With the very fabric of the faerie world at stake, Meghan learns to stand up to those she once feared, learns to take control and make hard decisions, and finally learns some butt-kicking skills of her own!
The thing I love most about this book, though, is that IT BROKE MY HEART! I cried and cried over certain parts, even though I had already guessed what was to come. Nothing prepared me for the way the author could handle the heart wrenching scenes I found in this book. It broke my heart...and then made me feel all hopeful and excited again, only to break it again. I hate it when books do that to me, but truly I can't get enough of it. Those are the best kind of books (total Reading Fever!), and I'm dying to read the next one.
...which, by the way, comes out later this year, if I'm not mistaken. And it's Ash's story...from his POV!
I was able to read this book, courtesy of Harlequin Teen, and Netgalley (eARC).