Monday, November 21, 2011

The Iron Knight Review

The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, #4)

Goodreads Description
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 Thoughts
I have to be honest. I was a little disappointed in The Iron Knight. I think most of that has to do with the fact that I loved the ending to The Iron Queen so much. I thought it was the perfect ending to the trilogy. However, I do understand why some people wanted more resolution and why Julie Kagawa decided to write Ash’s journey. Some people needed to know if/how Ash was able to keep his promise and find a way to be with Meghan. However, I was content with the resolution of The Iron Queen. But since I was such a huge fan of Ash and the series I decided to read it.
Before I go any further, I’m going to explain a little more why I loved The Iron Queen ending so well. However, this is definitely spoilery for anyone that hasn’t read it. So there’s your warning.
I loved the ending to The Iron Queen because I love strong female heroines. I love that Meghan was willing to sacrifice her wishes to become who she was destined to become. She gave up Ash to become the Iron Queen. She released Ash from his contract because she knew that he would try to stay with her and it would ultimately kill him. She grew into the person she was suppose to and accepted her destiny. Meghan Chase is definitely one of my favorite heroines.
Now, on to The Iron Kinght. If you’re not a huge fan of Meghan and you are a huge fan of Ash and Puck then this book is for you. Meghan has a relatively small role in this book, which is understandable considering that the entire book is Ash’s quest to discover a way to be with her in the Iron Realm. Puck and Ash were classic Puck and Ash; constant bickering with their relationship falling somewhere between love and hate. Then, of course, there’s Grim with his quick smart remarks. There is also a surprise character that I’ll leave as a surprise for you.
Like the other books in the series, The Iron Knight is full of action and adventure. However, the difference comes that the narrator is now Ash and you get the pleasure of being in his head. You learn a lot about Ash and Puck’s history. You also are granted the pleasure of seeing Ash grow and change as a person/faery. This book pushes Ash to the limit and tests just how much he is willing to give up to be with Meghan.
While The Iron Knight was not my favorite book in the series, I felt it was an adequate conclusion to the series. It was a good book and while I didn’t love it, I am sure that many fans of the series will. Highly recommend this book to fans of the series and if you haven’t read any of the series pick up The Iron King immediately! This book was good but the series as a whole was AMAZING!
Grade: B


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