The Iron Knight (Iron Fey #4)
by Julie Kagawa
Paperback, 386 pages
Expected publication: October 25th 2011 by Harlequin
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 Fey has been one of my favorite series and it was very sad to see this finally come to an end. But also, I feel gratified for having given the chance to read such wonderful books. Excuse me for being cheesy but really, the moment calls for it. Le sigh.
The Iron Knight picks up after Summer's Crossing. Puck and Ash travel to the End of the World to fulfill his vow, to find a way so he can be with Meghan again. Along the way, they are reunited with friends, as well as non-friends. In this book, we get to learn more of Ash's history when he was still the cold-hearted Winter prince - the terrible things he did that he longed to forget. We also get to learn more about Ariella, as well as his history with Puck.
I think Iron Knight was the BEST and the most emotional book in the series. I swear I cried a bucket! I don't know how Julie does it, but by some fluke of nature, (or probably because she's just that awesome kind of writer), her books just keep getting better and better. At first, I was a little scared to read The Iron Knight. I've always viewed Ash as the personification of perfection and I was afraid that by reading his POV, he would seem out of character and not-so-perfect. Turns out, he is not perfect. But, he didn't come off as OOC instead, he came off as just... Ash. Instead of feeling awkward for his character, I grew to love him even more. In other words, The Iron Knight did not disappoint.
Rating: 5/5 stars!
Disclosure: This e-ARC was received from the publisher (Harlequin Teen via NetGalley) for free in exchange for an honest review.