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 everything 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.
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #4
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: October 26th 2011
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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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.