Monday, October 24, 2011

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron Knight
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
Source: Thanks Netgalley and Harlequin!!

Summary: Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.

Unless he can earn a soul.

To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.

And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Review: The Iron Knight was pure amazingness. Every second that I spent reading this book was pure bliss.

In the fourth installment in The Iron Fey series, Ash is the narrator. Not Meghan. I loved Ash as a narrator. He's complex, emotionally wounded and he makes me laugh. Ash is so brave and just so sweet sometimes. He's willing to do everything for Meghan. We don't see much of Meghan in this book and though I missed her I liked seeing Ash's own story unfold.

Puck is a character I absolutely love. Him, Grimalkin and the Wolf are back in this book. Each of their characters are so fleshed out and it was like I knew each and everyone. Puck and Grimalkin never cease to make me laugh.

Kagawa definitely bumps up the standard for creativity in this book. Everywhere that Ash went to go get mortality was well thought out. It was like I was there with them. The plot also offers light onto Puck and Ash's past disputes. It was nice to know what actually happened to them. One thing that I really appreciated was how the story always surprised me. Hardly anything that happened was something that I saw coming. I love it when that happens.

The Iron Knight is by far the best installment in this series. It's exciting, has a beautiful narrator and some exquisite writing. Even though I will miss these characters so much, I'm happy they got their ending in such a great book.



Lisa said...

I love the world that Julie Kagawa created. I feel like in this book we get to learn so much more about this creative world.

Mary @ BookSwarm said...

Oh, I loved this one! The town along the edge of the river stands out in my mind, for some reason.

Now, we need PUCK's story!

Little_Dhampir91 said...

Julie Kagawa is awesome. So I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this book. I agree with Mary . . . we need a Puck story! Great review.

Marie said...

Great review :D Actually thanks to your review I've just ordered a copy of The Iron Knight ;). I didn't know if I'll buy it because Ash isn't my favorite character (I prefer Puck ^^).

France said...

Their traveling group grows quickly and increases the readers interest. The ensuing twists and turns blooms into drama and action that makes the pages turn quickly. The "truth" that Ash discovers is a game-changer.

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