Nov 3, 2015

Review--The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa

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.

The end of an era! I remember when I first picked up Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey Chronicles. I had actually won the first two books in a contest, one of my first contest wins, and immediately upon reading them I fell in love. I soon couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next one. Then when the Call of the Forgotten trilogy began, I knew we were likely reaching an end, but it was done incredibly! The Iron Warrior is the final Iron Fey book and while this does cause me to be sad, all good things must come to an end.

The wait for The Iron Warrior has been long and hard. I read The Iron Traitor as an ARC, so I know what I’m talking about! My throat is still sore from those screaming hours, lol! But naturally, a part of me knew that wasn’t the end. Though trying to explain logic like that to a reader is just wasted breath! Even to oneself! We pick up right where we left off, and as you might already guess, Ethan survives being killed by his nephew.

He had died for just minutes really, and in that time, the Veil was gone and humans could see the fey. There was utter chaos for those brief moments, and then when Ethan is revived, everyone forgets those few moments when their reality had been much crashed. It’s the Forgotten Queen’s plan to make that brief moment a reality, by destroying the Veil permanently, humans will see, fear, and believe in faeries again. The Forgotten Ones will be remembered and revived. Though in order to achieve this, Ethan must die. For good this time. Naturally, Ethan isn’t going to let that happen.

In order to save Faery and basically, the human world, Ethan and Kenzie must find Annwyl and the amulet she carries that holds Keirran’s soul. Restoring Keirran’s soul is only the first step in trying to restore order. War is on the brink between the Forgotten and the Courts.

The Iron Warrior was nothing short of epic and amazing!! There was a lot of action, dire circumstances, romance, laughter, and death even. There was hardly ever a dull moment. Best yet, once again, we get to see everyone again, one last time. From Meghan, Ash, and Puck to Grimalkin, Wolf, Thin Man and the other Faery rulers. Though I kind of wished we could’ve seen Puck play a prank on Titania, she is so very annoying! I still can’t believe this is the end of the series. I’m not ready to let go of these characters yet, but this is our final adventure with them.

I loved this series from the very beginning! Each book has been filled with laughs, tears, and heartache, but it takes an incredibly amazing read to do that you every time, let alone an incredible author! And Julie Kagawa is beyond incredible! I will pretty much be reading anything with her name on it, like I have been doing since the getgo!

Julie truly ended the series in the perfect way. It’s the sort of ending where everything is wrapped up, yet you leave the characters knowing they’ll be alright. You know they are set into the right ending…be it happy or not, for I won’t tell! But you pretty much know going in what to expect. While it saddens me to say goodbye, I am quite pleased with where things are. This entire series has been perfect and it’s been a delight to read! Though we won’t mention this too many years wait for this book to come out, yeah, not mentioning the feels on that!!

If you haven’t read the Iron Fey Chronicles, I highly recommend it! These were among the first Paranormal YA books I’ve read and they were fast to become my among my favorites!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars


  1. Wow! Five stars is very positive! I've not read a single Kagawa book (and that probably won't change for a while - no specific reason!), but I love the covers of this spinoff series. I actually own The Iron Traitor because holy hotness, that jawline! :D

    Fabulous review, Jessica!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  2. I love this series, so will probably read this book at some point. It looks great and the cover is stunning as usual. Great review!

  3. Another great review. 5 stars. I really need to bump this up my TBR pile.

  4. I am still waiting for my volume one to come, stupid post is taking it's time! I cannot wait to read it, every day is a torture without it! Nice review!

    HannahCassie @

  5. OMG I have read The Iron Fey series! I liked them a lot actually and I had no idea there was a parallel sequel starring Megan's brother! Why didn't I know anything about this? :(

    I have to re-read the series and write reviews...

    Laura @

  6. I haven't started this spin off yet, but I'm about to very soon! I'm so glad it ended on a good note. I love these characters a lot so it's good to know we get to see some familiar faces as well. Great review :D


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