by: Julie Kagawa
My name is Meghan Chase.
I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.
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Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: February 2011
True to style, the third book in the series starts off with a bang. We begin with Meghan and Ash, banished to the mortal world for refusing to renounce their love, trying to figure out how they are going to survive in the human realm. Less than a chapter passes before Meghan is attacked, we learn that there is a new Iron King, and they go searching for Leanansidhe, Queen of the Exiled. Phew! Truly, the fast pace of Kagawa's books is always welcome, because I don't have to sit through a hundred pages of chitchat to get to the good stuff.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the return of some beloved characters in this book, because I don't think the series would be the same without Grimalkin and Puck, and I welcomed the expanded role of earlier minor characters, like Glitch. I particularly enjoyed the way the author used Paul as one of the threads keeping Meghan tied to the mortal world, even as she became increasingly important to the survival of the world of the Fey. Meghan learns how to fight, realizes that she has powers that no other faeries have, and struggles to understand how to control them. While the Iron Fey continue to expand their influence across the land of the Fey, Meghan embarks on a quest to stop them before the Nevernever is destroyed completely. While I don't always agree with her decisions or like every aspect of her personality, I do think that she's a strong main character, capable of holding my interest throughout the series. The fact that she kicks ass along the way doesn't hurt.
I'm probably in the minority here, but the romance was the least interesting part of the book for me. Meghan and Ash's love was all or nothing, in every aspect. I don't always dislike that in a novel, but this time it just seemed like the least important plot point. I know that most people disagree, and that's OK. I didn't HATE the romance storyline, I just liked the "saving the world" one better. Julie Kagawa writes action scenes well, and these were the ones that kept me coming back for more. Also, if I had to choose, I would probably be Team Puck, so there's that.
Rating: A Good Read
Like the other books in this series, this book is a solid read, capable of holding my interest all the way through. Looking forward to finishing the final book in the original series.