Thoughts on a Book: The Iron Queen

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.

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.


Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish and the odd eel.

When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.

To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time.

Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all-time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyperactive Papillon.

  1. Supernatural action picked up a lot in the third installment of Iron Fey series after rival courts, Seelie and Unseelie put up a united front in opposition to a common foe. One chapter is called ‘The Faery War Council,’ so that should indicate major pixie dust combat. In the forefront of the battle is our heroine, who seems to be more at ease with her dual power. Finally, we are treated to the full sprite strengths of Mab and Oberon.
  2. But then, this does not stop the hormonal activities of our three leads. The ice prince entered into a lifelong contract of protecting his princess. Readers learned his true name in the process: Ashallyn’ darkmyr Tallyn. This is so anime. Otakus will see its incredible influence throughout the book. I can almost feel the sinuous anime-like hair of the princess as his prince made his promise one tense night.
  3. Team Puck need not fear the apparent decrease in his appearance. He still Puck a lot of punch and does Pucked-up stuff in their dangerous expedition. Plus he is repairing his BFF relationship with the ice prince. He found it strange it took the princess some time before she subjected her lover into an immortal indenture so it seems the celebrated mischief-maker endorses the relationship.
  5. Three books later, the series has turned into an ecological parable of the invasive effects of industrial and technological progress. Underneath the fairies and their fluffs and fantasies is a propaganda for the contentious SD – sustainable development. The debate for and against this economic plan rages on. Unless a leader as true as our heroine comes along, sustainable development – in its truest sense – is hard to sustain. The Iron Queen had to banish the most important person in her life to rule her iron domain. That required, aside from magic, sacrifice and superior feminine balls.


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