THE IRON KNIGHT
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: October 26th, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
My name—my True Name—is Ashallayn’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 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 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. 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.
It felt good to step into the land of the Nevernever after a long time. And finally getting a chance to see inside the mind of the Winter Prince was just that much more. Julie Kagawa’s descriptive prose and spellbinding storytelling is astounding.
I’m pretty sure that The Iron Knight amounts to my favorite installment in The Iron Fey series. Originally thought to be a trilogy, The Iron Knight is narrated through the viewpoint of Ash, the last prince of the Unseelie Court. I loved the story, I loved the ending, and of course, I loved the characters. Some of the fey we never thought to see will make surprise appearances as well. But Julie Kagawa’s latest, unlike the others, didn’t feature war and triumph, this was about Ash, finding himself and partaking in a journey that no one has completed and emerged alive. I love a good adventure – venturing to unknown lands with a group of ‘friends’ (yes, this includes Puck) and taking part in tests of endurance.
The tension between Puck and Ash is palpable in every step of their journey. Ash is no mood to set aside their oath – for oaths in the Nevernever are no small thing. Add a gray cat we’re all very fond of and a few others and we’ve got a novel you must pick up. Tension, edge of your seat suspense, and a sprinkle of well-placed humor, this is one novel you just can’t miss. The Iron Knight is a stunning, beautifully-written conclusion to Julie Kagawa’s famed The Iron Fey series.