The Iron Knightby Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #4
Release date: 25th October 2011
Pages: 386 (ARC NetGalley)
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Review By Alaiel Kreuz:
I truly don't know what to say about this book. I'm simply... happy. Yes, I think that's the word I was looking for. The final book in the Iron Fey series was all that I was looking for and much, much more. The way Julie answered all the questions that needed to be answer, the way the characters of this book interact with each other and the atmosphere she created was amazing.
The ending? Marvelous. That's it, don't expect me to say more about it, you need to read it to be able to feel it and enjoy it as much as I did.
This book, I assume you all know, is about Ash and his journey to return to Meghan's side. And, you all know, Ash was a very cold and distant person at the beginning of this story. In the third book we get a glimpse of the real Ash, the one that was hiding inside of him but in this book we discover so many things about him (some of them are very difficult to reconcile) but we also learn a lot of interesting things. Now, more than ever, I am Team Ash!
Now, you also know that I think Puck is great, and in this book we don't get disappointed. Far from it, the situations between him and Ash are hilarious. Thanks Puck, you made me laugh until I was crying and it was AWESOME!
To Grimalkin too because I never wanted a pet like you so much in my life. You are amazing and adorable!
And thanks to Julie Kagawa for creating such an incredible place where my mind was able to dream and enjoy every step of this story.
For the end I want to share one of the quotes that made my heart smile, cry and hyperventilate, all at the same time:
"My loyalty -and my heart- belong to another queen now".- Ash