REVIEW: THE IRON KNIGHT by Julie Kagawa

THE IRON KNIGHT
by Julie Kagawa
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (October 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373210361
Source: Net Galley
Rating: 5 star

My name—my True Name—is Ashallayn’darkmyr Tallyn.

I am the last remaining son 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 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 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. 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.

My Thoughts:
The Iron Fey series is by far one of my very favorite series and THE IRON KNIGHT is proof positive as to why that is so. Julie Kagawa has penned a story that has surpassed all of my expectations and wishes for a wonderful read and whose world  I am very sad to say goodbye to.

For fans of the Fey series THE IRON KNIGHT was a bittersweet ending. Witnessing Ash go through hell and back to be with the woman he loves and swore to protect was heart wrenching. I could not get enough of witnessing Ash and Puck work together to accomplish every hard task while testing the boundaries of their friendship. I also enjoyed the return of master trickster, Grimalkin and newcomer, the big bad wolf. Together they comprise a band of unlikely dare devils, each with a personal stake in helping Ash accomplish his goal of attaining a human soul.

Julie Kagawa created a unique world with her Iron Fey Series and while her this final novel is a darker endeavour than her previous novels,  it is by far the most satisfying and heart wrenching novel yet. The first half of this story returns us to the past adventures of narrow escapes and acts of heroic brilliance but when Ash reaches the end of the world he is pushed in a manner that changes him forever.

While I enjoyed returning to this series I also felt an great sadness because I knew I would be leaving this world and these amazing characters. They have become a part of my life and I am ever grateful for the adventures that I have had the privilege to witness and enjoy. Thank you, Julie and I cannot wait for what you have in store for us next.

 THE IRON KNIGHT Video Book Trailer

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