Monday, July 9, 2012

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Genre: fantasy
Series and Book #: The Iron Fey #4
Pages: 360

My name—my True Name—is Ashallayn’darkmyr Tallyn. I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court.

And I am dead to her.

My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…

To cold faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feeling 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 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. And along the way Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.


Ah-ma-zing! This was a beautiful and emotional roller coaster through enchanted lands and forgotten places that finished off a creative series. Ash's voice was refreshing--his unfailing love for Meghan made the novel stand out from the rest, because we can finally see what Ash's feelings are while Meghan made tough choices.

Kagawa was brilliant as usual. Her books are imaginative and they take place in worlds that other faerie authors don't focus on. This book was no different. I loved the Deep Never, the forgotten faeries, the river of dreams.... Her writing is very descriptive. It takes you into the story rather than just reading the words.

Overall, this was a beautiful end to a wonderful series. The adventures Ash had to accomplish in order to reach Meghan was excellently written and a unique idea. Kagawa remains one of my favorite writers for the life she pumps into every story!

The Cover: LOOOOOVE it!

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