Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Review: The Iron Knight - Julie Kagawa

  • Paperback:
  •  400 pages
  • Publisher:
  •  Harlequin; Original edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language:
  •  English

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.

My Thoughts...
I adore this series, I have loved it from the start. That being said I had a little trouble getting into this book. From the start I have always proudly waved my team Puck banner. I've loved reading from Meghan's point of view, and because of my love for Puck slipping into his head in his novella was effortless, but I had issues seeing everything thought Ash's eyes. Once I got past that sticking point this was truly a fantastic story and a perfect addiction to this series. All the usual suspects were there, and the banter between Ash and Puck was as entertaining as ever. Grim still holds a special place in my heart. I would give anything for a cat like him! There were also a few additions to the group that I wasn't expecting. The adventure was dangerous, fun, and heart breaking at times. I did end up enjoying this book very much. And while I am sad that the series has ended, I look forward to Julie's spin off series. I give this book 5 stars and the whole series glowing recommendations!

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