Okay, so I have to admit something that you’ll find hilarious or stupid. I’m hoping you’ll find it to be hilarious and smile. But it’s okay if you think it’s stupid because even I thin it is, haha.
You all know I thrive on reading paranormal stories. I’ve read various books with vampires, werewolves, demons, and angels. One creature I’ve stayed away from, however, is faeries. Wanna know why? Okay, here it is. It’s because they have long hair. There. I said it. Now, I have nothing against people with long hair. What I mean is that the male faeries generally have long hair and when I’ve tried reading faerie books in the past, I always, ALWAYS, ended up picturing the male lead as Fabio or Gandalf. I’m pretty sure the authors didn’t want me imagining them, haha. The first faerie book I read was Maggie Stiefvater’s Lament and I really enjoyed it because A) it was beautifully written and B) Luke didn’t make me think of Fabio. Okay, now that that’s out of the way….
Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series has garnered an impressively enthusiastic fan base over the past few years. I bought The Iron King not too long after it was released, but never seemed to get to it and it wasn’t until the week before The Iron Queen was released that I did. I finished The Iron King the day I started it and I went out and bought the next two the following night (I found The Iron Queen in a store a little early, teehee).
I am now a proud and devoted fan of Ms. Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, and I am firmly on Team Ash. 😀
Instead of doing separate reviews for the three books, I’m just going to do a general post.
What I love most about this series is the writing. Ms. Kagawa’s writing is perfect! It’s descriptive, poetic, fluid, and just all around amazing. She has constructed a rich world that comes alive through her words and it’s a world I became fully invested in. I really enjoyed seeing Oberon, Titania, Mab, and Puck as A Midsummer’s Night Dream is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. And although Ash has long hair, Ms. Kagawa succeeded in NOT making me envision Fabio, haha. Though, with Machina and Oberon, I did picture Gandalf…
The other strong aspect of these novels are the characters. Meghan makes for a great narrator. She’s loyal, strong, smart, and relies on the other characters just enough. Her chemistry with Ash and Puck is electric, and their relationships never felt forced. I really liked the way Meghan handled the whole love triangle situation and that she acknowledged her mistakes. And Grim? Well, I love him, too, and it’s not just because I’m a cat person. He made me laugh and I loved all his “I am a cat” lines. In The Iron Queen I was worried he wasn’t going to say it, but he did. 🙂
So, yes. I am ashamed that it took me so long to read these books, but I’m also glad it did because I was able to do so without having to wait for another installment. Even though there’s The Iron Knight to look forward to, The Iron Queen didn’t leave me crying because of the wonderful way Ms. Kagawa left things. If you haven’t read these books yet, please do so immediately. They’re amazingly fantastic and there aren’t any Fabio faeries! 😉