Friday, November 18, 2011

Review: The Iron Knight

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: October 25th 2011
Pages: 361
Copy Type: Paperback
Source: LIbrary
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Sub-Genes: Adventure

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.

The Iron Fey series is the most exciting, unpredictable, and enchanting I have read in a long time. Writing a review for the last book in a series is always very difficult and this is no exception. 

This story begins in Ash's point of view. Ash's story begins with Puck (Robin Goodfellow) and the two going on a quest to find a way for Ash to once again join his love, Meghan in the Iron Kingdom which Ash can not currently survive in his fey form. 

The characters in this series all have very distinct and loveable personalities. My favorite characters in this series are Puck and Grim who are both very opposite figures. Puck is the loveable prankster from A Midsummer Night's Dream who can be found more ofter than not sneaking alligators in toilets or popping up when he is need the most. Grim however is the least humorble of the group who often acts as the brain or guide in most situations. 

The setting of this books is always either Enchanting or completely frightening. There are many pieces to the NeverNever the most common being the Wyldwood which is the mostly unpopulated woods in the Fey realm in which most of the traveling that the characters makes takes place. 

I love the imagination humor that is put in this story and I am completely satisfied with the ending that is presented in the end, though I never think I would be tired of the story. 


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