The Iron Knight
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Rating: 4 stars
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 Iron Knight has been a book I have been highly anticipating for ages. I had a bit of a hard time getting into The Iron Knight, I think it was because I knew this was Ash and Megan’s final tale and I didn’t want the story to end. Once a few chapters had passed, I was completely engrossed and barely put down the book until I finished.
I really loved all the characters in The Iron Knight. All the characters from the prior books and the new ones to the book all really developed in this last installment of the Iron Fey. I do not think there will be a day when Grimalkin will fail to make me laugh and be one of the best characters ever. I love his tagline “I am a cat”. Ash and Puck really developed as characters as well. I loved seeing their friendship grow and also some of their beginnings.
The Iron Knight was definitely an interesting conclusion to the series. I found the story to be very great, but it definitely was not what I was expecting. Julie Kagawa throws so many surprises at readers. Some of the plot was a bit predictable, but it still was a lot of fun. This book takes the characters on all sorts of adventures in places that are completely new, and discovering these places along with the characters was a ton of fun.
This series is so wonderful, with all the books thus far, I simply don’t want to put down it down once I get into it. The Iron Knight was no exception. It took me a bit longer to get into this one, but once I had I simply wanted to read straight through and was annoyed when I had to go to class or work. I am very anxious to hear more from the marvelous Julie Kagawa!