Thursday, 3 November 2011

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Knight
Julie Kagawa
HarlequinTeen
[October 25, 2011]

My name- my True Name- is Ashallyn'darkmyr Tallyn. I am the last remaining song 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 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 faery 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 its end- a quest to find a way to honor his vow to stand by Meghan's side. 

To survive 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.
 THIS BOOK. Guys. This book.
So many emotions all over the place and I cannot even.

Julie did a fantastic job making Ash the narrator. I was a little worried about how it work, but he remained the same Ash we've all grown to know and love. His interactions with Puck were probably one of my favorite things about this book. His and Puck's relationship grew and it just fit so perfectly with his character development. He also remained every protective and defensive, especially when it came to Meghan. So, yay, for Ash!

Some new characters come into play and I loved them. They were complex and interesting. One, in particular, was a wonderful character, but I also kind of hated that character. Julie did a wonderful job creating this new character that we all love and hate. The other big character was really awesome, especially when it came to Grim.

The story itself was amazing. There was this perfect blend of action and reflection and diving into the past more. There were a lot of things that made me think a little bit. The gang got into many difficult situations and it's hard to imagine what I would do if it was me, but I wanted to know.

I laughed. I cried. I gasped. I cursed. Oh. This. Book. The perfect ending to the series.

The only thing I didn't like? There wasn't enough Grim in it for me. Because there's just NEVER enough Grim in it for me.

--Julie

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