Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Knight (The Iron Fey #4) by Julie Kagawa.
Publisher: Harlequin Teen.
Pages: 361.
Source: Purchased.
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.

I always start off reviews for the books in this series with some gushing, fangirl, well put together praise. But I don't think that will be possible this time around because - oh, hold that thought. I need to go finish sobbing.

*sobs for another hour, or two, or four*

If you would have told me a few years ago that a series about fey would have become one of my all-time favorites, I would have laughed in your face. But here I am, a blubbering mess because it's all over. And what a way to go. The Iron Knight was a stunning, perfect, action-packed, perfect, romantic - did I mention perfect yet? - closure to The Iron Fey world and Ash and Meghan's relationship.

I'm so glad that this book was written. Ash has grown as a character and blossomed right before our eyes in the previous three books, but I feel like there was still a coldness (coldness ... Winter Prince ... get it? Yeah, I'm lame) about him that I wanted to see crack. The Iron Knight explores his past with Puck and Ariella and the events leading up to Meghan's arrival in the NeverNever. It also explores his past regrets as the emotionless Winter Prince. Every memory is like a new crack in his icy demeanor and reading this side of him was just so fascinating because he's so much more passionate and sensitive than the impression I got from the first three books. A lot more passionate than Meghan, I'd definitely say.

I'll admit that I was a bit worried toward the middle. A girl who shall not be named was thrown into the mix and it started to feel like she was replacing Meghan in the foursome. I was a bit irked because I wasn't really a fan of the idea that this book was finally getting a love triangle. But it was so, so much more to it than that and I was actually really grateful for her presence in the story at the end. (Which is odd considering I spent an immeasurable amount of time muttering angry things at the book because of her)

Overall, The Iron Knight was another brilliant addition/conclusion to the series. Our favorite characters are gathered together again for one last kick-ass adventure, facing a new level of terrifying creatures, tasks and emotions. It's intense, heart-pounding, heart-breaking, romantic, action-packed and everything that this ending should be. I'm devastated that it's over, but I'm so happy with how my favorite characters stories ended. If you're a fan of the first three, get this book IMMEDIATELY. But have a box of kleenex ready! Trust me, you'll need them.

Other reviews for The Iron Knight:
The Book Cellar.
Katie's Book Blog.
Pretty In Fiction.
That's What She Read.

3 comments:

  1. This was one of my favorites of last year! It made me want to reread the entire series over again. And I too got worried when "the girl who should not be named" showed up...

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  2. This was definitely a big favourite of mine! I may have been Team Puck in the other books, but Ash really grew on me in this final installment and I loved him for everything he did and said in this book. Great review!

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