Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

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Review: The Iron Knight by Julie KagawaThe Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #4
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: October 26th 2011
Pages: 361
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

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.

I was ecstatic when I found out the next book in the Iron Fey series would be told from Ash’s perspective. After The Iron Queen there was really no other way the next book could be told but through his eyes.

What I really love about this series is that it transports me into this magical world, where things I never could have dreamed up happen. The first three books have nothing on this one in that respect. You know the expression “I’d go to the end of the world for you”, well Ash is doing that for Meghan. Literally. Ash, Puck, and Grimalkin set off on a journey to The End of the World, where Ash will have to go through several tests or trials to earn his soul and mortal body. The places and tests were highly imaginative and I found myself pausing just to perfectly capture the image in my mind. Ash gains two more companions on his journey, one of which was a total shocker…yet, not. When this character made themselves known, I had one of those “I KNEW IT!!” moments. And no, I’m not telling you who I’m talking about, you’ll have to read it to find out. :)

I will tell you that some of these test or trials Ash goes through are really heart-wrenching. I will admit I cried, but then again, Julie Kagawa always does this to me, so it came as no surprise. In the end, I cried happy tears though. I was over the moon happy with how every thing played out. That Epilogue! It was really everything I wanted in an ending for Ash and Meghan. Even though their story has come to a close, we get a glimpse into their future…sort of. You’ll know what I mean when you read it.

The Iron Knight was a wonderful ending to such a magical, romantic series. You will not be disappointed.

 

About Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of 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.

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7 Responses to “Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa”

  1. Tiffany

    I absolutely adore this series and I’m sad to see it end but I’m also really excited to see how it ends as well. I’ll definitely have to pick this one up soon. Great review!

  2. SaraO @ TheLibrarianReads

    I feel like your take on the book was the exact same as mine! You want to tell everyone “Seriously, he goes to the ends of the earth for this woman!!” Lots of tears, loved the companions that came out of the woodwork. And that future you get a glimpse of…bittersweet and perfect. 

  3. Reading Revels

    Awesome review, Jess!  I agree, Julie Kagawa is just amazing – I love the world she’s created in the Iron Fey series.  I’ve written a review of The Iron Knight.  I’d love for you to read it.  I look forward to your future reviews.

  4. Asheley

    oh, i love your thoughts on this. i love this series so much. the iron queen was my favorite, but the iron knight was wonderful from ash’s perspective. 

    honestly, if julie kagawa wanted to write another ten or twenty books in this series, i’d probably gobble them all up just as vigorously as i did the ones she  DID do. i don’t know what else to say except that i just ADORE this series. that is all. 

  5. Christa @ Hooked on Books

    I agree this was such a perfect end to the series. My heart just went out to Ash and everything he went through. Can’t wait to see what will happen in the spin-off series

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