Friday, February 17, 2012

The Iron Fey #4- The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa: Review

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 am so thankful that Julie Kagawa wrote this book. And for her editor for convincing her to. C'mon, if things ended at The Iron Queen? I would have been devastated!

The Iron Knight started off slowly with Prince Ash, devastated over Meghan. And so he does something that many other fey have done but never succeeded: he wants to earn a soul, so he can be with Meghan in the Iron Realm. 

I LOVED Ash. I loved his devotion and love for Meghan. How he never stopped fighting for their love, and he never gave up on finding a way to be with her. He pushed himself to the extreme, all because of his love for her. If that isn't love, I don't know what is!

And damn, does Kagawa know how to write a thrilling plot or what? Things picked up very quickly once Ash began his journey to the End of The World. It the adventure of the journey that I've grown to love in this series. But that wasn't the best part. 

I loved the gauntlet. The tests they went through were brilliant. But what I loved the most was the last quarter of the book. The part where Ash goes through three tests to earn his soul. They were heartbreaking- seeing him like that, but knowing that he wouldn't ever give up. And the last test? It was a-ma-zing! I actually thought it was reality- but was the ending totally crushing! You just have to read it for yourself. I know I'm not making much sense, because I'm having a hard time putting my thoughts into words!

The Rating
6 stars!!! It was the perfect conclusion to an epic series. I'm not usually a sucker for really happy endings, but I loved how Kagawa ended the Iron Fey. The ending was sweet and simple, and I adored it. I actually tried putting off reading this book, because I didn't want then series to end!

My only complain? Puck was all alone! Seriously, I felt so bad for him! But anyway, in spite of that, The Iron Fey series is something nobody should miss out on. Go read it. Now. 

Jen @ Midnight Book Thief

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1 comment:

  1. I heard that ash and Meghans future son is in the book, is that true?


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