15 March 2012

The Iron Knight - Julie Kagawa

Release Date: October 26
Number of Pages: 361
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

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.

MASTERPIECE is the word I'd use to describe this book and also the whole series. But Kagawa really did a great job with The Iron Knight. I don't usually like books told from a boy's POV but this book just blew me away! Full of twists, sad and laugh out-loud-moments, surprises and, of course, love, the conclusion to this beloved series couldn't have been better.

I love ALL the characters in this book. I'm Team Ash all the way but I still love Puck and that actually says a lot about Kagawa's writing and style, as I rarely like both love interests in a book. Puck is just so funny and I really found myself laughing a lot reading The Iron Knight. Ash doesn't disappoint either, even making some jokes along the way. Grimalkin is still Grimalkin and it's still impossible not to like him and be unnerved by him. And surprisingly I enjoyed the Wolf a lot, he was ironically funny and nice. One thing that always surprised me while reading this book, is how amazingly real Kagawa's characters are. They show different sides to themselves and you can almost always relate to their feelings at the time.

The journey couldn't have been more unpredictable and difficult. Kagawa brings a lot of surprises, twists and doubs. We also get to know Ash a lot better and probably love him a lot more by reading his POV of the sacrifices he has to make in this book. Ash proves himself time and time again even though sometimes I wasn't sure myself if he wasn't going to give up before the end. The story had so many sides and things could have gone so differenthy. This feeling of uncertainty is what made this book a pleasure to read. Well that, and Kagawa's great writing.

I can't emphasize enough: READ THE IRON FEY SERIES if you still haven't read it yet! I never thought I would love this series as much as I do and it surely became one of my favorites. It may be one of the best romances I've read and Ash may as well be my favorite love interest ever!
 I'm so happy that Kagawa decided to write this last book (it iniatially wasn't going to happen) because Ash and Megan deserved a happy ending. But I'm also really sad that this amazing series has come to an end but we may hear from Ash, Megan and the others in the next Iron Fey installment about Megan's brother, Ethan. Let's keep our finger crossed!

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