Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Filed in 5 Stars , Julie Kagawa , Review , The Quirky Lover Posted on November 23, 2011 @ 10:00 am 1 comments

Format Read: ARC supplied by publicist
Length: 361 pages
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Kindle, ebook
Purchasing Info: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads, Author’s website, Harlequin

Book Blurb:

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:

The Iron Fey series is one that I have grown to love. It started off slowly for me but it has become a favourite with each new addition to the series. So, it’s a curious thing when the fourth book is now being told from a different character’s perspective. This might have been a bad thing…but it wasn’t!

Told from Ash’s point of view this time, we finally get a peak inside his head. The complex mix of emotions in him is explained, justified, and dealt with in such a wonderful way in The Iron Knight. From the end of the last book, the reader is fully aware of what it is he really wants. In his own telling, we get to see how difficult getting it will be and how truly willing he is to go the distance to make it happen. A lesser man that Ash may very well have given up long ago.

Besides Ash’s unique character, what has kept me entranced in the series is Ms. Kagawa’s ingenuity. She took an age old theme, fairies, and made them relevant to our times. She offers us a glimpse into a future where our much relied upon computers (and other such machines) take over from imagination and art forms. A cautionary tale, of sorts, for sure. And though that aspect isn’t discussed in great detail in The Iron Knight, Ms. Kagawa manages to weave into the ongoing storyline new elements from Ash’s past….and a very interesting take on the ‘Big Bad Wolf’.

With dream like sequences, The Iron Knight keeps you on your toes. It starts with an abundance of emotion (providing you’ve read the previous book) and ends with just as much feeling, but in a different way. There is truly a sense of completion now. My only regret is not having my own Iron Knight looking out for me!

I give The Iron Knight 5 Bookies!

About Jackie

Jackie is a quirky mom, living in Ontario, Canada. She's a bookkeeper by day and a book lover by night. She also blogs at The Novel Nation and writes occasionally for Heroes and Heartbreakers.

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  • aurian November 23, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Hmm really time I start reading this series. Great review!

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