Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa Review

(Cover photo provided by GoodReads)

Rating- 5/5 Stars!

The beautiful song of Stand by Me by Ben E. King not only reminds me of my amazing friends who stand by me. It also causes me to fondly remember the entirety of this incredible story where Ash and Puck stand by Meghan the whole time she works to save the fairy world. The way this book reminds me of one of my favorite songs amplifies the power of this story.

This is a truly awesome finale of intense suspense that forces Meghan, Ash and Puck to travel on an amazing adventure to save the Seelie and Unseelie Kingdoms from the False Iron King. From battling iron fey to sword-fighting Rowan to gathering up rebel iron fey every step of Meghan, Ash and Puck's journey is magnificent.

I completely love Kagawa’s choice on who turned out to be the false king turned. When I first thought of the chosen villain I think of a defenseless man who could not be devious. But the false king was devious and he put up one huge fight with Meghan. I was amazed at that prolonged and eventful final battle. The length and excitement of the battle caused me to adore the book even more.

Meghan will now always remain on my top ten courageous character’s list. As will Ash. I loved the scene where Meghan asked Ash if he would teach her to fight. I laugh every time I read it. I love how Meghan babbles before Ash agrees with a smirk. I love how he had no qualms about girls fighting even though he wishes Meghan did not have to fight.

Moreover, I love the entirely this adventure story because of its bonds of friendship. Like the Kings lyrics of dark times having light if you have friends too help, I feel love for Ash and Puck as they help Meghan on her adventure and never give up. Even when Meghan is mad at Puck she still misses him and her capability to forgive him illustrates how strong their friendship is.

This book had one of my favorite epilogues. It set the basis for the Iron Knight but also incldued Meghan comforting her human family and saying goodbye. It is a powerful ending where everything is not perfect but there is hope in the future. This is an unforgettable book that I feel everyone should read because of Kagawa well-though out planning, glorious descriptive writing, the amazing friendships and the real romance between Meghan and Ash.

Thanks for reading,


  1. haha I laughed in that scene too, when she asked him to teach her :P So glad you liked it!! I loved it too <3

  2. I totally love that scene too when Meghan asks him to teach her to fight...great review...I love it

  3. Sounds like a great book. I haven't read any of the Iron Fey, but I will soon.

  4. YAY! This book is equivalent to so many hearts, I can't even fit them all in one comment! x) LOL I loved Meghan too. Her courage and awesomeness has to be one of my favourite things about her -- and any scene with both Ash and Meghan in it was always so fun to read! They're one of my favourite book couples too! ;)

    Amazing review, Rachel! :) I can't wait to read your review for The Iron Knight as well -- it's the perfect ending for the series! <3

  5. Amazing review Rachel! I adore this series and I'm so glad to hear you love these books too. The relationships in this book are great - both the friendship and the romance. I miss it! LOL. I think I will need to have a re-read soon. :D

  6. Lovely review, Rachel! I haven't read this series but I have heard so much about it.

    I just found your blog via Sam's, now following ;)

  7. This is such a great review!! This was definitely my favourite book of the series, I really liked the bits where she learnt to fight as well, I think Meghan grew a lot in this book and I enjoyed that. The False King was a total surprise to me but I thought it was great who he turned out to be!! I loved the epilogue, but at the same time I kinda wish the 4th book didn't exist haha. I liked the tragic end to this

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  8. I loved this series!! I really enjoyed seeing Meghan grow through it. Great review!!

  9. OMg can you believe I STILL haven't read this series!? And worst part - I own all the freaking books! haha. I really have to get to it it sounds like an awesome story with great world building.

  10. This is such a great review! And I'm not just saying that, I honestly am in LOVE LOVE LOVE with this review right now!! :) I laughed at that scene where Meghan babbled, too, and I'm laughing again just thinking about it! This is why it's my favorite series and I'm in the mood to read it again thanks to this review! :)

  11. oh YAY!!!

    I'm in The Iron Daughter and having TOO MUCH FUN!!! The Iron King hooked me by the end, and I'm enjoying everyone much too much to set 'em aside, reviews due or no!!

    What a fun review!!!!

  12. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! I'M SOOOOOOOO GLAD you LOVEED this so much :) This has got to be my favourite book in the series! Fantastic review Rachel!<3 Can't wait for your review on THE IRON KNIGHT!!!!



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