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Iron’s Prophecy by Julie Kagawa- Free Read Friday Review

04 Oct, 2013 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Iron’s Prophecy (The Iron Fey) 
by Julie Kagawa
Kindle Edition, 67 pages
Published September 1st 2012
By Harlequin TEEN
Series: The Iron Fey #4.5
Book Source: bought
YA Fantasy
4 stars

Meghan Chase is finally getting used to being the Iron Queen, ruler of the Iron Fey. Her life may be strange, but with former Winter prince Ash by her side at last, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

But when they travel to the Summer and Winter courts’ gathering for Elysium, the oracle from Meghan’s past returns with a dire prophecy: “What you carry will either unite the courts, or it will destroy them.”

Now Meghan faces a devastating choice that may determine the future of all fey—and her and Ash’s unborn child….

A novella from Julie Kagawa’s bestselling Iron Fey series.
Review: How could I have taken a break from this series for so long? Julie Kagawa will always be one of my very favorite authors, so when I saw three days ago that this was free, I jumped on the download of the ebook. If you haven’t read the rest of the Iron Fey series, this one will have lots of spoilers for you. 

There is a return of all the favorite characters– Ash (sigh), Meg, Puck, Grimalkin, Mab and Oberon as well as the magical setting I grew to love in all the other books. Puck has been off looking for more adventures that fairytale and myths are made of in Hokkaido, Japan and Latin America, and soon may be off to find a Yeti. Meghan and Ash are living their dream as husband and wife, protector and Queen.

The wishing tree is magical yet spooky all at the same time, and this is a novella about trusting your heart and a mother’s instinct. Most of all it is about the enduring powers of love, loyalty and friendship. We each have the power to choose our destiny. There is always choice.

“The future is always changing, and no one can predict what happens next. We have the power to change our destiny, because fate is not set in stone, and we are always free to make a choice. We are only slaves to fate if we let it control us. There is always a choice.” – Ash, location 1057 of 1343

Once again I loved entering the enchanted world of the Winter court and would recommend this if you are done with the rest of the Iron Fey series as nice icing on the cake!
Highlight with cursor to view content: Lots of kissing, reference to sex as a married couple, sensuality.
About the Author: Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.
When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.

To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time.
Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyper-active Papillon puppy.
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Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

13 Nov, 2010 by in Uncategorized 8 comments

Paperback, 384 pages
Coming February 1, 2011
from Harlequin Teen
ISBN 0373210183
series Iron Fey #3
5 stars

In less than twenty-four hours I’ll be seventeen.

Although, technically, I won’t actually be turning seventeen. I’ve been in the Nevernever too long. When you’re in Faery, you don’t age. So while a year has passed in the real world, agewise I’m probably only a few days older than when I went in.

In real life, I’ve changed so much I don’t even recognize myself.

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 stay by my side. Drag me into the core of a conflict so powerful, I’m not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.

WOW. Julie Kagawa pulled up so many emotions with this third installment of her Iron Fey series. Her writing is absolutely incredible. The Iron Queen starts off as Meghan and Ash have been exiled from Never, Never and the paths of faery sealed forever. It is just the two of them in the quest for a stolen memory, back to New Orleans and finally hiding out. Meghan comes to the realization that she will have to fight, so she asks Ash and Puck to help her train. Learning to wield a sword, and balance the glamours that lie within, Meghan will be prepared to overcome whatever new forces are against her. There is plenty of warfare interlaced in beautiful vistas as iron meets magic. All of your favorite characters are back and readers will become enveloped in Julie’s writing which appeals to all of the senses “he smelled so good a mix of frost and something sharp like peppermint.” p.93

Ash is my all-time favorite fictional hero. I have been Team Ash since day one. The Iron Queen reinforces all that I have felt along the way, that he is so much more than an Ice Prince. He has a heart, and he is capable of deep love and loyalty. He has a history. He finally tells that story, opening up his heart and developing his soul. There’s not much for me to say without spoliery, but I cried more than once while reading this book. I loved the way Meghan and Ash can feel each others emotions and as they grow closer; they are better able to sense each other.

Once I got a copy there was no turning back on finishing the book. You will stay engulfed in faery until the very last page. The Iron Queen is fantasy, myth, technology, romance and action all rolled into one.

Reading The Iron Queen reminded me why I fell in love with Young Adult fiction in the first place. I’m thrilled Julie is writing book number four from Ash’s perspective. The more his story unravels the better, and here’s to hoping time ticks by swiftly until The Iron Knight.

Click here to see the new Iron Fey Series book trailer and read Julie’s blog.