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The third book of the Iron Fey series was released this month, and like the first two books, I couldn’t put it down! The Iron Queen, by Julie Kagawa, continues the story of Meghan Chase, picking up where The Iron Daughter left off. At the beginning of the book, an exiled Meghan and Ash are planning to visit Meghan’s family, but when they arrive, some iron fey are waiting for them. They want to capture Meghan and take her to the false king. Meghan knows that she (and her family) will never be safe until the false king is defeated, and that the longer he remains in power, more and more of the Nevernever will be destroyed. Queen Mab and King Oberon have a short-term alliance, fighting the Iron Fey together. They also know that the false king must be stopped, but the only one who can enter his realm is Meghan, and they already exiled her! So, they make Meghan (along with Ash and Puck) an offer of pardon. Their exile will be lifted if Meghan agrees to kill the false king. Knowing that there is really no other option, Meghan accepts. In addition to the usual cast of characters, a few more were introduced. It turns out that since Meghan defeated King Machina, the gremlins now consider her their master. One such gremlin, Razor, was especially cute, and I guess as cuddly as iron can be. Also, the rebel leader (there are still iron fey who are loyal to King Machina and oppose the false king), Glitch, was an honorable character as well. Meghan, Ash, and Puck finally figure out exactly how to get to the false king. While Ash and Puck are busy fighting other fey, Meghan comes to the conclusion that the only way to defeat him is to sacrifice herself. She fully believes that she is going to die and after the false king is gone, asks Ash to take her to the great tree that is now King Machina. Knowing that staying in the Iron Realm too long will kill him, she uses his true name and tells him to leave, wanting to save him before she dies. Of course, she doesn’t die, though. Instead, being the one to wield the power of Machina, she has instead become the Iron Queen, and her duty is to her people and her Realm. And since killing the false king, the Realm has borders and is no longer encroaching on the rest of the Nevernever. The new Iron Realm incorporates both Summer and Iron, and Meghan is half summer fey, which allows Puck to visit. However, the Winter Prince still cannot be around iron without getting terribly sick and even dying, so Meghan does not see Ash again. As a faery queen, she knows she has time, but she still longs to see him. At the end of the book, Meghan goes to visit her family (her mother, stepfather, and little brother). After being gone for over a year, she is finally able to tell them about what has happened to her. After a tearful goodbye, she leaves the house. She believes that she can feel Ash’s presence, but then convinces herself that she is imagining things. She returns to the Iron Realm with Glitch, her first lieutenant. However, Ash and Puck are both there watching her. Ash knows that he must find a way to be with her in the Iron Realm, which sets up the scene for the fourth (and final) installment in the series, The Iron Knight. I do have to say that while I did tremendously enjoy this book, it was not my favorite of the series. I think The Iron Daughter still has the top spot. I was really expecting a different ending, one in which Meghan and Ash would be together. I wanted the fairy tale, but ended up getting the faery tale. Anyway, it seems like Ash is determined to do what it takes to be with Meghan and I’m excited to find out how his story unfolds.
Take a riveting world war II story of rescue, interweave it with the grinding true tale of Bataan Death March survivors, and add in rich prose that brings the story to life and you’ll have a great book. But it wouldn’t be Ghost Stories. Not quite. I mean no disrespect to the real life characters in the story. They did their part very well. Hampton Sides shines at times, but trips up in a in a few surprising moments of repetition and overreaching. But only a few. The story of the rescue at Cabanatuan easily survives these mistakes. Painful, sad, thrilling, hopeful, and bittersweet, this story doesn't want to sit on the shelf and wait. You’ll need to clear your calendar for the day so you can knock it out.