Page count: 368 pages
Rating: 4 stars
Date begun: February 7th, 2011
Date finished: February 7th, 2011
I was a little bit wary about starting The Iron Queen as the previous book in the series, Iron Daughter, was a bit boring, and dragged, and most of the characters, who had seemed perfectly decent in the first book were annoying, melodramatic and extremely deserving of a hearty slap. Happily, it seems that Kagawa is back on form, and Meghan, who was wishy-washy and whiny and mostly TSTL in the previous book, has now matured a bit, and is a much more enjoyable character to read about. Not that there weren't bits when I wished she'd THINK more, it was painfully obvious to me from the start who the new Iron King was, yet she seemed to be totally flabbergasted by it.
Ash gets more of a personality in this book, which is good, because cold (literally, he's one of the Winter Fae), dark and brooding was getting a bit dull. The rather forced love triangle of the second book seems to have been resolved without too many problems, and just to make sure the star-crossed lovers don't get too comfortable - the events at the end of this book sets up interesting new challenges for the Summer Princess and the Winter Prince. I'm not as dismayed as I might have been that this series will continue, after all.