Hey everyone!  This is Julie Kagawa, author of The Iron Fey series.  After the release of The Iron Daughter a few weeks ago, one of the questions I’ve been asked most frequently revolves around Meghan and her ability to fight back.  I now give you a short excerpt from the upcoming The Iron Queen, the third book in the Iron Fey series, which I hope will help to answer that question:

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 Ash strode to a nearby rock, swooped down, and tossed me a long, slightly curved stick.  When I caught it, I saw that it was actually a leather sheath with a gilded brass hilt poking from the top.  A sword.  Ash was giving me a sword … why?

Oh, yeah.  Because I wanted to learn to fight.  Because I’d asked him to teach me.

Ash, watching me with that weary, knowing look on his face, shook his head.  “You forgot, did you?”

“Nooooo,” I said quickly.  “I just … didn’t think it would be this soon.”

“This is the perfect place.”  Ash turned slightly to gaze around the clearing.  “Quiet, hidden.  We can catch our breath here.  It’s a good place to learn while you’re waiting for your father to come out of it.  When we’re done here, I have a feeling things will get much more chaotic.”  He gestured to the sword in my hand.  “Your first lesson begins now.  Draw your sword.”

I did.  Unsheathing it sent a raspy shiver across the glen, and I gazed at the weapon in fascination.  The blade was thin and slightly curved, an elegant looking weapon, razor sharp and deadly.  A warning tickled the back of my mind.  There was something about the blade that was … different.    Blinking, I ran my fingers along the cool, gleaming edge, and a chill shot through my stomach.

The blade was made of steel.  Not faery steel.  Not a fey sword covered in glamour.  Real, ordinary iron.  The kind that would burn faery flesh and sear away glamour.  The kind that left wounds impossible to heal.

I gaped at it, then at Ash, who looked remarkably calm to be facing his greatest weakness.  “This is steel,” I told him, sure that Leanansidhe had made a mistake.

He nodded.  “An eighteenth-century Spanish saber.  Leanansidhe nearly had a fit when I told her what I wanted, but she was able to track one down in exchange for a favor.”  He paused then, wincing slightly.  “A very large favor.”

Alarmed, I stared at him.  “What did you promise her?”

“It doesn’t matter.  Nothing that endangers us in any way.”  He hurried on before I could argue.  “I wanted a light, slashing weapon for you, one with a good amount of reach, to keep opponents farther away.”  He gestured to the saber with his own weapon, a blindingly quick stab of blue.  “You’ll be moving around a lot, using speed instead of brute force against your enemies.  That blade won’t block heavier weapons, and you don’t have the strength to swing a longsword effectively, so we’re going to have to teach you how to dodge.  This was the best choice.”

“But this is steel,” I repeated, listening to him in amazement.  He could teach a class with his knowledge of weapons and fighting.  “Why a real sword?  I could seriously hurt someone.”

“Meghan.”  Ash gave me a patient look.  “That’s exactly why I chose it.  You have an advantage with that weapon that none of us can touch.  Even the most violent redcap will think twice about facing a real, mortal blade.  It won’t scare the Iron fey, of course, but that’s where training will come in.”

“But … but what if I hit you?”

A snort.  “You’re not going to hit me.”

“How do you know?”  I bristled at his amused tone.  “I could hit you.  Even master swordsmen make mistakes.  I could get a lucky shot, or you might not see me coming.  I don’t want to hurt you.”

He favored me with another patient look.  “And how much experience do you have with swords and weapons in general?”

“Um.”  I glanced down at the saber in my hand.  “Thirty seconds?”

He smiled, that calm, irritatingly confident smirk.  “You’re not going to hit me.”

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Meghan’s story, and the war with the Iron Fey, continues in The Iron Queen, coming February 2011, from Harlequin TEEN.

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Comments ( 53 )
  1. kym
    December 23, 2010 at 12:00 am

    AHH!!!Just 40 days till Iron Queen comes out:)i wish time would fly faster to the day iron queen comes out!!!:):)

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  3. Bookworm
    January 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! Meghan and Ash a soo adorable!!! Can’t wait for the iron queen!!! My friend brought me the first book a while back, and when u started to read it I just couldn’t put it down! As soon as I finished it I rushed to the nearest bookstore and brought The Iron Daughter, that was a heartstopper to!! Can’t wait for The Iron Queen!!

  4. Impatient Fan
    January 6, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I hope Julie Kagawa reads random blogs…. because there is not one negative thing said about any of her books on them. I highly doubt you could find that with any other really popular series. ex) twilight, harry potter (someone is always hating)
    If she does read them, I hope they make her feel really happy and gratified, because she deserves to. She should be very proud of herself, her story, and her amazingly realistic and lovable characters.
    She probably gets complements all the time and all of them probably sound the same, but even if she never reads this, my complements are truly felt from the heart. Great, fantastic, stupendous, amazing, extraordinary, all around very good job, Julie! Thanks for all your (very appreciated) work on the series!

  5. Claudette LACHOWICZ
    January 9, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Love the two books…It would be murder if the whole thing ends in three! We need separate books for ETHAN, PUCK & GRIMALKIN.

    Megan has to use her powers 101% alongside Ash. We need “future” generations from Ash and Megan as well.

  6. Cristal Lachowicz
    January 9, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    I would appreciate if it’s more than 3 books because it’s so much fun even if its just a short novel or sequel. when I start reading it, i cant stop. My friend is not an avid reader but confesses that your book IS GOOD!

    More of Ash/Megan (& Puck & Grimalkin) PLEASE…
    (Is it possible to revive Iron Horse???)

  7. Lit
    January 11, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I love Iron Fey series!!!! I liked a lot the end of The Iron Daughter. I loved all the book!! Ash is like a dream!! He´s so strong, gorgeous, brave and sweet!!! He really loves Meghan! I hope love between Ash and Meghan grow up!!! Thanks Julie!!!

  8. Shyana
    January 20, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I CANT WAIT, I THINK I AM GOING TO DIEEE. I am so glad I’ve recently finished The Iron Daughter, because if I had finished it and had to wait a long period of time before this came out, I surely would have killed myself. I. Am. So. Friggin. Stoked. Thank you Julie. I love you.

  9. Tyawna
    January 22, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    AHHHH Love This Series! Can’t Wait for the rest of the book to come out!!! NOT MUCH LONGER!!!

  10. Alissa
    January 23, 2011 at 6:44 pm


  11. Dani
    January 24, 2011 at 2:47 am

    I think the original release date of iron queen was in feb but I just found out its TOMORROW OMG!!! I love you julie!!!! You’re my hero 😉

  12. Katelyn
    April 8, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Just finished the iron daughter, WOW! I can’t wait to go buy the iron queen! I think this series would make a great movie some day.

  13. Courtney
    April 9, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I cant wait to read it my dad is picking it up for me right now 🙂

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