Friday 9 September 2011

Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, #4)The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 4 in the Iron Fey series

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 Knight is a great addition to the series and a fantastic ending to Meghan and Ash's story. This book has the same depth of detail in describing the faery realm and the same sparkling banter between Ash and Puck. I love the detailed description of the world, the humour, and the amazing epic romance. We are taken on a dangerous journey through the Nevernever meeting all kinds of fantastical creatures, dangers, and put through a heart-wrenching rollercoaster ride of emotions! As well as meeting up with sarcastic cat Grimalkin there are a couple of surprise new characters, who are fantastic additions to the group.

I liked hearing the narrative told from Ash's point of view for a change, but Meghan is absent from most of the story and it just seemed that without the bond between them it was missing something. Ash though, is his usual honour-bound self, and I liked him more in this book, perhaps because we see more of his thoughts, the depth of his feeling, and his drive to be with Meghan. We also see memories of his long past life, and glimpses of what he has had to deal with from his family in the winter court and also many past regrets. We see his guilt and vulnerability, and how his love for Meghan has redeemed him.

This is a fantastical, imaginative and romantic series, and my favourite faery series. I liked the way that the story ended, and put this book down feeling all snuggly and contented. What a fab series!

Thankyou to Harlequin and Netgalley for the advance copy.

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  1. Oooh, I'm dying to read this! I've only read The Iron King, though, so I have to read the next 2 books in the series before I can tackle the Iron Knight. Great review! I'm SO eager to read it!!!

  2. This is another series I need to catch up on! I'm so far behind but this does mean I don't have to wait a long time between books! :)


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