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. Kate
    August 27, 2010 at 8:58 am

    I normally dont read excerpts but I’m glad I did! Cant wait for this book!!!

  2. Dee @ Good Choice Reading
    August 27, 2010 at 9:01 am

    *sigh* Ash…

    I want more!

    I love this series and I can not wait to read The Iron Queen!!!! :0)

  3. Parajunkee
    August 27, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Can’t wait!

  4. April
    August 27, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Loved it! Can’t wait for this to come out!

  5. Yara @ Once Upon a Twilight
    August 27, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Wow so good just those few paragraphs. Yes I need more!

    Thank you for the preview

  6. Anonymous
    August 27, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Twitter Trackbacks…

  7. cynthial11
    August 27, 2010 at 9:31 am

    AGGH!!! what a tease!! I can’t wait to read the whole thing, I love this series!

  8. Amy
    August 27, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Love it!!

  9. MissHavoc
    August 27, 2010 at 9:39 am

    LOVE IT! oh I’m so excited! Thanks for the excerpt. We love sneak-peaks!

  10. Heather (Book-Savvy)
    August 27, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I can’t wait, I can’t wait, I can’t wait. Although I have to admit, I’m rather upset the series will be ending. I would totally buy spin-off’s and special editions just for more Iron Fey goodness (hint, hint) 😉
    I think this is my single most anticipated book of all time!

  11. Sophie
    August 27, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Oh, I snickered when Meghan thought she’d hurt Ash!! Love them and I can hardly wait for TIQ!!!!

  12. tori aka ggs_closet
    August 27, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I can’t wait for this book!!

  13. Excerpts: Iron Queen, Unraveled, Crimson Sunrise | Vampire Book Club
    August 27, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    […] THE IRON QUEEN Julie Kagawa may have just released the second Iron Fey book, The Iron Daughter (read our review), but she knows we’re already wanting more. (She’s a smart lady.) On Friday she shared a scene from book three The Iron Queen on the Harlequin blog. It’s not a long piece, but we get Ash training Meghan in the use of weapons. Amusing. Click here to read The Iron Queen excerpt. […]

  14. Stephtd
    August 27, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Loved both books – glad Meghan is learning to fight – although she managed the first Iron King pretty well. Review both books – here is the permalink to my Iron Daughter review. I admire Meghan’s character, especially her loyalty to her brother.

    Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust

  15. Ichigo
    September 1, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    +SPOILERS* I JUST finshed book #2 and i cant believe the ending!!! i cant believe she left puck! omg!!!

  16. SweetSouthernMelody
    September 2, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Hey so, first of all LOVE this series. I read the first book in one day, and then the second in a day also…can’t wait for the 3rd.

    Which brings me to my question: I saw a post above about the series ending…is the 3rd book: Iron Queen, suppose to be the last book or are there going to be 1 or 2 more?

    Either way can’t wait.

  17. DeDe
    September 3, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Just finished the Iron Daughter!!! LOVED IT! I can’t wait for The Iron Queen!! I can’t wait to see what happens next, I love this series!!!!!!!!!

  18. IronGirl!!!
    September 4, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I can’t wait to read this. Whenever I imagine ash I picture a REALLY hot and cool but nice guy.
    I love these books and I hope, By the end of Iron Queen Ash and Meghan are allowed back in Faery. I Hated the end of the book. Cuz I felt *so* bad for Puck. and I wish their was a way Puck wasn’t in pain whenever he saw them together.
    And I hope Ash and Meghan *never* die bye the end of the series. and If Meghan or ash does…?
    Im never reading of of her books again.
    Cuz that would make me sooooooo frikkin sad!!! 🙁 and hasn’t Ash been through enough. He has almost dies three times already…Dont kill any main characters please! (AKA, Ash, Meghan, Oberon, Puck, Mab, Grimlikan) KILL TATANIA!!! MAKE OBERON MARRY SOMEONE COOL AND NICE AND SWEET and u know!

  19. IronGirl!!!
    September 4, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    TEAM ASH ALL THE WAY!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
    but I still feel bads for Puck. 🙁

  20. Jen showalter
    September 5, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Please please tell me there will be more than three books to this series!!! I have fallen in love with these books and there is so much more to know! Do they marry? What happens to her first child? So many questions!!! I am a 35 year old mother of two (with one on the way) and a complete fan. My child is due in February so if I’m looking forward to a new child and a new book!! I hope you will consider extending the series…. I can’t get enough and want to know what happens to Ash, Meghan and Puck, their futures and the next generation!!!! Thank you!!

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