- Publisher: Mira Ink
- Format: Paperback | 432 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 194mm x 30mm | 299g
- Publication date: 15 April 2011
- Publication City/Country: Don Mills, ON
- ISBN 10: 0778304469
- ISBN 13: 9780778304463
- Sales rank: 30,939
Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey-ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her. Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.
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Julie Kagawa worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, until she sold her first book and stopped training to write full-time.
By Suzanne Finnegan 30 Jan 2012
Also reviewed at Paranormal Book Fan
The book starts off with Meghan being held at the Winter Court by Queen Mab, having been brought there by Ash as part of their contract. After the scepter is stolen, Meghan and Ash escape. Puck comes back to bring Meghan home and Ash heads off on his own. The winter queen declares war on the summer fey believing them to have stolen the scepter. Meghan doesn't make it home just yet and sets off with Puck, Ironhorse and Grimalkin, to once again battle against the iron fey to save Nevernever.
This was just as good, if not better, than The Iron King. I could not put it down. It was even more action packed, fast paced and emotional than the first book. And the ending was fantastic, made me so happy.
We see a lot more of Puck in this book. I really like him but I'm still loving, loving, loving Ash. He is amazing. He stands up for love and doesn't care what happens.
We see a different side to Ironhorse, seeing him as brave and sensitive rather than just the enemy.
I was glad to see the return of Grimalkin, he had me laughing out loud at times with his sarcasm. I love the way he says "I am a cat" when asked how he does something.
And of course, Meghan. She is a great protagonist. Her character has grown in leaps and bounds since the beginning of the series and I don't think she's done yet. I can't wait to see how much stronger she is going to become as she really gets a hold on her magic. She is definitely one of my favourite female characters.
Julie's descriptions in this book were just as good as in The Iron King and even though there are a lot of characters, they are all so well written that there is no confusion.
This book is very hard to review without spoilers so I will leave it there.
Again, I would have no hesitation in recommending this book and will be putting it back on my shelf as a reread.
Now, onwards and upwards to The Iron Queen!
By Nathiel Gold 29 Dec 2011
My love for this series gets bigger and bigger every day :) I have to say I'm so glad it was chosen as BNC of the month last November otherwise I might of not read it until... well I don't know although maybe it wouldn't of taken my that long... but with all the new books coming out.
Okay so of to the book. What can I say the Winter Court is awsome in it's evilness :) Meghan is captured in the Winter Court with no powers and completly alone, as her Winter Prince Ash, doesn't seem to like her anymore... (bad Ash ^^)
Meghan tries to warn Queen Mab about the Iron Fey but she doesn't listen to her (not surprising really Queen Mab doesn't really listen to anyone) But when the Scepter of the Seasons is stolen it's up to Meghan, Ash, Puck and Grim to rescue it, with the help of other friends on the way. I have to admit I cried alot and the ending? Well the ending was perfect but heartbreaking.
I've also finished The Iron Queen and Summer's Crossing so I'll post a review in a mo'.
By Jill Barrakling 12 Nov 2011
It took me some time, but after I got into this series, I'm really enjoying it. I admit it, Meghan is annoying at times, naive at her best and simply stupid at her worst. And while a heroine can make or break a novel, in this case my dislike for the main character is not to bad.
Why? Because it has ice prince Ash to make up for that! I truly adore him! Since he's so old, such a ravid love seems much more plausible, I think. And oh, what he did for him and Meghan at the end of this book, a little corny, maybe. But still, so romantic!
What I had hoped would happen didn't happen, but that is okay because there is still hope that it will come to that in The Iron Queen, so I don't mind too much.
I found the plot very cohesive, although at times it was a bit slow and there were a couple of chapters where I mostly read the dialogue and skipped the rest.
Still, I could hardly put it down even in the heat that I'm currently forced to live in. I can't say that I loved every single page, but I did like the book as a whole, explaining the rating.
By Alaiel Kreuz 28 Jul 2011
After a whole night reading the book (with my fiancé sleeping in our bed and my doggy and I in the couch) all I can say is: AWESOME! Seriously, I wish I could create a new world for this book like Barney in HIMYM created "possimpible", hahahaha. Don't pay me to much attention, I'm sleepy. But yeah, I'm sure you want me talk about the book so here we go:
At the end of the first book we saw Meghan saying good-bye to her family to go fulfill her promise to Ash: she is now in Winter Court and is Queen Mab's prisoner...
Somehow she expected that by doing this she was going to see Ash more but turns out that they see each other only a few times and Ash is always cold and distant.
Trying to forget Ash' behaviour she speaks with Queen Mab about the Iron Fey but it doesn't work, the Queen does not believe a word she says and when the Scepter of the Seasons is stolen the Queen vibrates with anger.
And so the war between Summer and Winter Courts begin. Now is up to Meghan and her friends to recover the Scepter of the Seasons, if not the war with not only affect their world but the human world as well...
The writing, once again, is wonderful. Julie, I believe, is a master creating and showing us the world she created. The way I could feel Meghan's difficult times trying to understand her feelings for Ash were touching and the way I laughed with Puck and Grimalkin have not price.
Nothing more to say, I'm going to read "The Iron Queen" today. If by any chance you don't have the books yet please, I'm begging you here, buy them now!