Published May 17th 2013 by Musa Publishing
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Daughters of Zeus #3
Source: ecopy from Author
Life is hell for Persephone. Zeus will stop at nothing to gain access to the living realm and the Underworld, and as the only living god with a right to both, Persephone’s in trouble. Captured and tortured beyond the limits of her resolve, Persephone must find the power to stand against Zeus. But will she be strong enough?
Meanwhile, Hades contemplates desperate measures to rescue his queen. Persephone never thought of herself as dangerous, but there’s a reason gods never marry for love. A being with the power to destroy all of creation shouldn’t place more value in one individual than the rest of the planet. But Hades…Hades would break the world for her.
To save the world and stop both Hades and Zeus, Persephone must make a difficult choice. One that may cost her everything.
I love the Daughters of Zeus series. The way the second book ended, I knew this book was going to be an action and fighting filled book, and I also wasn’t sure if it was going to be the last book in the series or not. I mean, they were fighting Zeus! He is the big guy, so I didn’t really know where it could go after him. I liked this installment in the series, and I think there is going to be another book because at the end, something new, mysterious and powerful was alluded to. I have to know what it is, what could it possibly be? Ok back to the Iron Queen. I really enjoyed this book and fans of the series will love it too, but I would have been over the moon for a Hades and Persephone love fest from the first page to the last. Alas, that is not the case. Persephone is always getting herself into trouble it seems and in this book she got herself into a huge jam.
But the cool thing was, pretty much all of the gods came together to fight their common enemy. This meant we got to see characters galore. I loved Kaitlin Bevis’ depictions of all of the gods. All of the original characters from the first two books are back, but we also got to meet Ares, Hephaestus, Athena, Artemis, Adonis, and more. And we did get to see plenty of Hades. That guy just melts me a little bit. I loved seeing how heated he was over Persephone. Their connection is really something else. He would do anything for that girl. Not that he needs to- Persephone is pretty scary when she wants to be. She has so much untapped power, but she is still one of the most kind and generous people. And super strong. No one can doubt that after see what she goes through in this book. Gone is the slightly whiny teenager. She really comes into her own in The Iron Queen. I loved watching her grow.
I was sad about some of the things that happened in the story but it was pretty much non-stop action and fighting so it is natural that there will be a few casualties along the way. Still, I have become so attached to all of the characters that I didn’t want to see any of them go. A lot of questions are answered in this book and a lot of loose ends are tied up nicely- especially when it comes to Aphrodite. I can’t believe it when I say that I actually came to like her. She grows on you once you start to understand her a little better.
The Iron Queen is a great addition tot he Daughters of Zeus series. There is lots of series storyline progression, and good character growth. I wanted more Hades and Persephone, but I realize that would have been impossible since they were apart for almost the whole story. The ending left me wanting the next book. The last scene was all just so mysterious and I am stumped as to what it was referring to. One thing is for sure- I can’t wait to find out!
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