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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Book Review: The Iron Knight (The Iron Fey #4) by Julie Kagawa

Release Date: October 26, 2011
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Length: 395 pages

"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 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 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."

Review:

Characters: This installment in the Iron Fey series is very unique as it's the only one told from Ash's perspective and the only novel that isn't entirely from Meghan's. Ash's journey to find a way to survive in the Iron realm is arduous and to begin he needs to find the cat who knows everything. Ash is also joined on his quest by Robin "Puck" Goodfellow his former best friend and sworn enemy. This installment definitely develops Ash's character more as we see into his past and watch as his disdain for Puck slowly melts. This company of three is also joined by two others, the Wolf from Winter's Passage as well as an unexpected friend who tests Ash's resilience.

Romance: You wouldn't think that in a book where Ash can't be around Meghan that there would be any romance, but that would be a mistake. In an extremely trying effort to avoid spoilers I won't say much more, but there is someone who makes Ash look at his options and gives him the option of whether or not to move on with his quest.

World-Building: There is so much world building in this book, but not the kind that adds nearly useless information, but one that provides a glimpse into the life of Ash and his backstory, his greatest regrets and his  greatest love before Meghan entered his life. We get to see how he meets Ariella and how she meets Puck and her reaction to Summer and Winter being friends. We also get a glimpse into futures that could be as well as a present that was whose fate was spared from destruction. In addition to fun flackbacks and flashforwards we also learn what it takes for a faerie to become mortal and what they need to realize has to be sacrificed in order to truely be mortal.

Predictability: There was a fair amount of foreshadowing however I was still caught of guard many times and even though the answer was right in front of me the whole time. I loved the twists and reveals this book had it made the reading of it to flow easier. It's hard to just stop reading for too long because the story practically calls for you to finish it.

Ending: The epilogue is narrated by Meghan and is the only part not narrated by Ash. It was pretty predictable but still sent a wave of feelings into me as I read it. The only part that wasn't so predictable was the last few paragraphs, which I don't think were narrated by anyone and were told form a third person perspective. It was a very interesting ending that I'm not 100% sure I even get, but I think that was probably the point.

Overall, I'm giving this final installment 5 out of 5 stars. It may sound a bit cliched to say that a final installment was my favorite but it really was my favorite one, it was full of action, adventure, and, the thing I love most, a good backstory.

P.S. It's still not too late to enter for your chance to win the entire Iron Fey series and we are just 5 followers away from including The Iron Legends into the prize as well. I'll be ending next week with the final two stories that are currently out. Also, if you haven't seen the intro video to my new YouTube channel you can check it out here.


Next Week: Iron's Prophecy and The Lost Prince

5 comments:

  1. This was my favorite in the series as well! I loved the world building and how it wasn't predictable. The backstory - like in most books was my favorite part, but I loved seeing a different side to Ash then what we'd seen in the past books.

    Great review- and new follower.

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  2. This was my favorite book of this series. I just love love love Ash's POV. I was getting kind of sick of hearing all about Meghan. And I really wanted to get inside Ash's head, so this was perfect for me.

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  4. Unfortunately the last book in this series wasn't so great for me as the first! The first and third are my all time favourites! I'm glad you like it :)

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  5. this is my fav YA series. Love the world and characters.

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