Tuesday 21 February 2012

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

For Review: Mira Ink
Published: January 2012

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.

The ending to The Iron Queen made this a must read for me! I had to know if there would be a happy ending for Ash and Meghan.

The story starts with Ash is determined for fulfil his vow to return to Meghan - taking him on a journey he never thought possible...

While I was seriously please there was a fourth book in the series I must admit to being a little apprehensive at having it narrated by Ash. As the brooding, mysterious and not very talkative (albeit GORGEOUS) faery we know (and love)  in the previous instalments I wondered if having him narrate a whole story might change my feelings for him. Should I have worried? NO! I think I may love him even more now!

I also loved Puck a little more in this. I'm glad to get this story - not just for Meghan and Ash - but because at the end of The Iron Queen I felt that Ash and Puck's journey has not been finished either. And I'm glad they managed to deal with their past and feelings towards Ariella.

Grimalkin - oh how I love him! I just love the way he disappears at the first sign of trouble and how he seems to voice exactly what I'm thinking (but would probably never say out loud).

So yes, I loved the ending to this. And the journey they all take to get there is thrilling and action packed - I really enjoyed it. I did, however, really miss Meghan. I think I'm so used to the three of them it seems weird not having her present for the entire novel - but I'm glad the last chapter is from her point of view.

Now all I need is a certain summer faery to get his own book and I will be over the moon!

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