Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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Author: Julie Kawaga

Release Date: October 26th, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 361
Source: ebook from Publisher via Netgalley
Series: The Iron Fey (#4)
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.

My Review:
Why are these books so good? I think it’s the dynamic between Ash and Puck, and Grim’s smart comments. Honestly without those elements these books wouldn’t have been half as good. Since this book is from Ash’s point of view there’s EVEN MORE great dialogue between the three of them. We learn a lot more about Ash and how his life shaped him into that cold Prince that readers grew to love. We see more of his strange friendship with Puck and we really come to understand Ash in ways that will touch every reader’s heart. Oh and don’t worry, there are still amazing and complex twists and turns that make their journey interesting and dangerous. If you haven’t read this series yet I highly recommend it!