Meghan Chase is a somewhat human girl who once lived a somewhat normal life. That is until the day came when she learned that there was another realm beyond her imagination to which she also belonged. The infamously mischievous Robin “Puck” Goodfellow turned out to the true identity of her oldest childhood friend and King Oberon of the Summer Court was revealed to be her true father. However certain events have progressed matters in the Faery world to a degree that has made Meghan’s role in this magical place not only pivotal but also critical to its survival and that of all who inhabit it.
By defeating the Iron King Machina Meghan earned some recognition from the Fey but she still is considered a half-breed and feels as though she doesn’t truly belong in either realm. Exiled from the Nevernever, with her lover Prince Ash of the Winter Court the two become forced to roam the mortal world until the promise of another war calls them back into service. A false Iron King has emerged and threatens all of the Fey. Meghan as the only one of her kind holds the key to saving the Fey and their lands from the looming Iron threat and what could be certain annihilation. But every battle thus far has come with a price. What will Meghan have to sacrifice this time to save those that she loves and the fickle land that she now considers her home?
The Iron Queen is the third installment in the highly popular Iron Fey series and the characters of the series are really what have driven this book from fantasy to fantastical. The individual characters have begun to deepen as the story has progressed. In this book readers begin to know Meghan, Ash and Puck on another level, one that makes them real and relatable. They begin to see below the surface of each character where they find well-constructed personalities and beings that can hold their own and will gain the following of loyal fans. Meghan grows from the insecure mortal girl to one worthy of her birthright and the power she holds. The build up of their characterization is perfectly timed and simply beautiful at times. From scene to scene readers will excitedly follow Meghan through trials of love, loss and uncertainty.
Kagawa’s ability to create a fantastical world is quite unique. Her attention to detail, plot formation and gentle whimsy make the novel sparkle with originality. Readers don’t just read about the realms she has created, they visually create them in their mind through her excellently detailed and thorough depictions. From a seemingly never-ending love triangle to battle scenes that exhilarate, readers are taken once again on bewitching journey sure to please.
I personally recommend reading the series in order. I even went back and re-read the first two books in the series before reading The Iron Queen and I have to say it only made it all the more enjoyable. It allowed me to view the saga more as a whole and to better appreciate how finely scripted it truly is. Now all we have to do is await the next in the series The Iron Knight.