Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Book Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
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 love this series and it gets better with each book. I loved that this switched to Ash's perspective and I loved even more that the majority of the book is just Puck and Ash. I have been team Puck until I read this book. I am now completely team Ash, although Grim is still my favorite character, it's kinda icky to claim Team Grim. I enjoyed the addition of more creatures within the realm. This series is a great addition to any library. It's got adventure, romance and lessons that we can all learn from. These stories are funny, serious and entertaining. Even though Meghan is now the Iron Queen, Ash will do anything to be with her, even find a soul. The struggles that he goes through to realize what that means for them is truly endearing. I think it's pretty obvious I recommend this series to everybody. It makes for the best type of reading for anyday of the week, any weather and any vacation. Plus I say " Loved" 3 times in one paragraph, I don't think I've ever done that before. Highly enjoyable, entertaining, humorous and endearing, the Iron Fey series is one of the best out there.