Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Iron Knight - A Review

The Iron Knight - Julie Kagawa (Netgalley)

Synopsis (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.

My Thoughts:

Oh I don't even know where to begin. When I read this book I had no idea it was the last in the series. How I missed that little tidbit, I'll never know. So I read with no sadness and thought of several ways any future books could go and several stories I would love to hear. Imagine my surprise when I finished it and realized it was the last one.

My heart broke a little. I really think it did. I can't even begin to say how much I loved this series! From that darn cat Grim, to Meghan so strong and full of will. Let's not forget the boys. Ash, man I love this character. Watching him learn to love and grow throughout the series was a joy. Then of course there is Puck. No way we can forget him. This character reminds me of the bratty little brother that you both love and want to throttle at the same time. I kept thinking through out the book how much he reminded me of Peter Pan.

Those are just the main characters. Then there's all the smaller parts I found enjoyable. I loved the Wolf! He's just awesome and the banter between him and Grim was funny. The city of the forgotten I found to be very haunting and sad. The River of Dreams was cool if a bit freaky lol.

I loved this book. I can honestly say it was my favorite of the series. Each book got a little better than the last one. I am so glad I read this series and won't hesitate to pick up the next book Julie writes.

~EDIT~ I had to come back and add a note. I read the acknowledgement and discovered this hidden gem behind that. How to survive the Nevernever. I LOL'd! It was brilliant tidbit to add to the end of the book.

Author's Website: Julie Kagawa


Melissa (My words and pages) said...

I got my copy! :D It showed up here Thursday. I'm thrilled and really can't wait to read it. But I'm afraid if I start I'll put all my time into it until I finish. :) Thanks for the review. And I'm a little sad at it being the last book with these characters. *sigh*