(Review) The Iron Knight

Title: The Iron Knight (book 4 The Iron Fey Series)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Pub Date: October 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 368

Source: I received an advance reader’s copy from Meryl Moss Media for my participation into the promotion of this.

About the book:
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.

I have to send out a huge thank you to Meryl Moss Media for contacting me and asking me if I wanted to be a part of the promotion for The Iron Knight.

I was thrilled to have been asked because I actually had the previous books in The Iron Fey series sitting on my shelves waiting to be read but I wanted to wait until all the books came out so that I could devour them one right after the other.

Once again Julie takes us into the vivid world she has created for the Iron Fey series filled with such great description. I think this would make an excellent tv series or perhaps a movie.

I loved the series and I loved how this book included sitting on the edge of your seat excitement that left you with the feeling of not turning the page fast enough to find out what was going to happen next. That is one thing I loved about the book along with the fact that it touched on friendship, adventure and a little romance.

If you read the previous books in the series you would know they are told in Meghan’s point of view but The Iron Knight is told in Ash’s point of view and I loved this because in the previous books we never really got to find out more about Ash so this was perfect knowing what he really like. I would have to say that Ash is my new favorite character.

This book picks up where the Iron Queen left off.

One of the things I always was left wondering was what really went on between Puck and Ash to cause so much rivalry between them and finally getting the answers it all made sense. So it was nice to see them both on this journey together because you got the insight to what turned this once friendship into a rivalry.

Will this journey that Puck and Ash are on restore that once friendship they had or is it just going to continue as a rivalry?

Will Ash make it back to Meghan?

Before reading this book I wasn’t big on mythology and lore but I found myself to be really enjoying it and whenever a creature would be mentioned i found myself to be googling it and reading up on it so no only was this book good but it was also educational.

 About The Author:
Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, when she was nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish and the odd eel.

When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.

To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time.

Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks is at an all- time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyperactive Papillon.

Be sure to check out http://juliekagawa.com/.

Other books in The Iron Fey series are:

  • The Iron King
  • Winter’s Passage (e-novella)
  • The Iron Daughter
  • The Iron Queen
  • Summer’s Crossing (e-novella)
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