I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Iron Queen by Kaitlin Bevis
Series: Daughters of Zeus #3
Published by ImaJinn Books on June 26th 2015
Number of Pages: 195
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
His love could destroy their world.
Life is hell for Persephone. Zeus will stop at nothing to gain access to the living realm and the Underworld. 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.
This one starts right where book #2 left off. And contains lots of changing view points. Each chapter is told from someone else’s POV. We get Persephone and Hades of course, but also Aphrodite. Which was great because it gave me a better chance to connect with Aphrodite. I actually liked her in this book, whereas last book I thought she was evil and working for Zeus on purpose.
Melissa was still a whiny brat, thinking only of how she was inconvenienced by things and not how bad she was hurting Persephone. We get to meet a lot of the other Gods and Goddesses as well. I loved Ares, he was pretty close to perfect. (Is this where I confess I’ve always loved Ares in mythology?) We also get to meet Hephaestus, Athena, Apollo, Artemis… Poseidon is in this book again. And Zeus of course. So many characters!
I will warn you, while there are not graphic depictions, torture plays a key role in this book. Physical as well as emotional. And it is described, just not in super detail. So if that bothers you, I would skip this one.
Persephone grows a lot in this book. She’s come a long way from the ‘typical teenager’ she was in the first book. She’s still naive in some ways, but they’re getting fewer and far between. She channels her inner strength to do things she never would have been able to do before. And as always, it’s done in a believable way.
I really loved reading this trilogy, and I’m hoping that at some point in the future there will be another book. I want to see what happens to Persephone and Hades. I want to know what Aphrodite will do now. And I’m curious to see if Melissa ever grows up and starts being the best friend she’s claimed to be.