Book Review: The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa

Written by: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: Oct 27th 2015
Pages: 384, Paperback
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #3
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The Iron Prince—my nephew—betrayed us all.

He killed me.

Then, I woke up.

Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away. Although humankind’s glimpse of the world of Faery lasted just a brief moment, the human world has been cast into chaos, and the emotion and glamour produced by fear and wonder has renewed the tremendous power of the Forgotten Queen. Now, she is at the forefront of an uprising against the courts of Summer and Winter—a reckoning that will have cataclysmic effects on the Nevernever.

Leading the Lady’s Forgotten Army is Keirran himself: Ethan’s nephew, and the traitor son of the Iron Queen, Meghan Chase.To stop Keirran, Ethan must disobey his sister once again as he and his girlfriend, Kenzie, search for answers long forgotten. In the face of unprecedented evil and unfathomable power, Ethan’s enemies must become his allies, and the world of the fey will be changed forevermore.

LetsTalk

This series was one of the series I binged a couple years back, and while it is rather a simple series, it’s one that has made its way into my heart. I’ve been keeping up with this one through the new books and I’m so sad to see it go. I know Kagawa has moved onto other series that I really love, but it’s hard to say goodbye to old characters. I just kinda want to keep them with me always, with always new stories….and yet not have them be sad anymore. Trust me it’s a complex life I lead.

That being said The Iron Warrior works as an amazing goodbye to both new and old characters. We get amazing moments with both Ash and Meghan, alongside amazing moments for Ethan and Kenzie! Not to mention all of the side characters we’ve always adored. I just, ugh, guys. I love a lot of series in it’s kinda cliche and wonderful way.

I’m gonna try to wrap this up in the best way I can with it being the end of a series, and the end of a world… But there might be spoilers for at least the original four Iron King books, if not for past books in this series.

Didn'tWork

Okay so here was the thing for me with this book. I don’t know what it was exactly, but more than once I just put the book down and didn’t have any interest in picking it up. The book was perfectly fine, it didn’t feel like it was the books fault. I feel like it was more my fault, but I don’t know exactly what it was, so I can’t exactly nail it here. But like I kept having time to read, and yet I would do something else. I don’t know if I was in a book schlump or if it was the book itself. But it did make the pacing of the book awkward and therefore just left me with an entire ‘meh’ feeling.

DidWork

The endinggggg. Ugh I can’t even with that ending. I loved it. I really loved it all.

Okay but also I liked how the family dynamics of this really messed up group of characters worked together. Ethan let a lot of his problems go, and he was able to move on and become someone a little bit more likable. Not to mention the brother that Meghan really needs in her life. I also really liked Kierran’s entire arc, again I don’t wanna put spoilers in here but holy crap his entire character arc was just so good. I can’t.

I really loved the plot in this book too, we had so many plot lines running around from all of these books and Kagawa does a masterful job picking all of them up and just sewing everything together into something that was really simple and yet really great.

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If you’re waiting for the end of the Iron World whelp, you can jump in now and binge the entire series. I highly recommend all of it, especially on a hot summer day with some ice tea and just a relaxing day.

Sondra 

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