The Iron Queen is the third book in the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. The series should be read in order as each book follows closely on the heels of the book before. From Iron Daughter we know that Meghan and Ash have been banished for refusing to renounce their love for each other.
Back in the real world, Meghan fears for Ash’s sanity and existence. How could he possibly survive, let alone enjoy, an existence permanently away from the Nevernever?
They’re attacked at her family’s home before she has a chance to meet with her family again by these creepy Iron Spider Hags that remind me a lot of the Greek Fates.
Puck finds them and joyfully explains he’s been banished too because he wanted to come see them.
Messengers summon them back to the Nevernever and they find that Oberon and Mab want Meghan to kill the Iron King and save their Courts from sure destruction.
Our favorite sexy fey, Grimalkin the cat, is back and as snarky as ever. With his help Puck and Ash have a bit more protection against the Iron Fey than before. The trio couldn’t do anything without him, can they? I love it!
I also love Ash. He’s his sexy, smoldering, brooding self. He’s got some great lines too. Edward Cullen could take a lesson or two.
Ash: “I plan to keep you, from everyone, for as long as I’m alive. That includes Puck, the false king, and anyone else who would take you away.” ... “I guess I should’ve warned you that I have a slight possessive streak.”
Puck gets a little on my nerves but he remains faithful and loyal to Meghan despite his hurt feelings.
I love Razor the Gremlin. It’s great to find out that these annoying little creatures can be as loveable as the Pack Rats.
Kagawa paints a vivid world that crisscrosses the possible with the impossible and the real with fantasy. It’s as unputdownable as the other books in this series and equally if not more gripping as the trio struggle to stop the false Iron King.
The ending is filled with the kind of angst that I love. There’s a happy for now type ending and the promise of another book this time told from Ash’s POV called Iron Knight. Can I get three cheers? It’s not over yet!