Title: The Iron Knight
Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: October 25th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
My name- my True Name- is Ashallyn’darkmyr Tallyn. I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court.
And I am dead to her.
My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…
To cold faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing 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 faery 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 its end- a quest to find a way to honor his vow to stand by Meghan’s side.
To survive the Iron Realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. And along the way, Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: I am going to do my very best to not be spoilery in this review, but it is going to be a challenge and limits what I can talk about. We pick up in The Iron Knight with Ash looking for a way to be with Meghan always, but as a fey who cannot withstand iron in love with the Queen of the Iron Realm; it is not an easy task. Luckily, he does have Puck and Grim along with him to keep him company and they always add welcomed humor to almost any situation. The banter between these characters always keeps me laughing and is one of my favorite things about these novels. Julie writes such great sarcastic characters and makes it impossible not to laugh out loud multiple times while reading what they are up to. My favorite secondary character will always be Grim though. That cat is cryptic, mysteriously disappears every time trouble comes calling, brutally honest with everyone and ridiculously funny. While Grim is my fav, Puck is a very close second. His carefree attitude and ability to find trouble anywhere always makes for an interesting story line. One scene towards the beginning included both of these characters and reminded me of all these points.
“This is as far as I go”
Startled, we both turned to Grimalkin, sitting tightly on a patch of dry ground, watching us. “From here,” he said, regarding each of in turn, “you are on your own.”
“What?” Puck exclaimed. “You mean you’re not going to venture into the hollow of death with us? Shocking. What kind of monster do you think lives here, ice-boy? It has to be pretty nasty for Furball to flake out on us. Oh wait…”
So onto Ash and Meghan. We do get to see Meghan briefly and she is always on Ash’s mind, but this story is about Ash. He is on a quest to find a way to be with Meghan, but it turns into a journey of self-discovery and more than one surprise that I did not see coming. I enjoyed seeing the world through Ash’s eyes. All the previous books have been told from Meghan’s point of view and Ash is not always the most forthcoming with information, so getting a whole book in his head was fantastic. He also picks up a couple other companions from his past that I thought were long gone. These characters throw a serious wrench in his plan multiple times and Julie had me constantly wandering how it was all going to turn out. The only issue I had with Ash was hit attitude at times. He was so low, which is understandable, but I am used to him being confident, and it was adjustment to see him in this state. I understand why he is this way since he is parted from the love of his life, but I was not expecting some of the thoughts that ran through him mind.
I really cannot say too much else about the plot without divulging major secrets. I know that Julie was not originally planning on writing this book, but after reading The Iron Queen I am so incredibly happy that she did. The Iron Knight has given me closure and can walk away happy with how Ash and Meghan currently stand. If you are a fan of this series, than this book is an absolute must read! If you have not heard of this series, than you need to go look up The Iron King on your e-reader or go to your bookstore and pick it up. Trust me, it will be worth it.
FTC: Thank you to the publisher for allowing me to review this ARC through NetGalley.