Mar 10, 2014

Review -- The Iron Knight

9659607The Iron Knight (The Iron Fey #4)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: October 26th, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 399
Format: Paperback, bought

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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 Review:
This book. What can I really say. I still think that The Iron Queen was my favorite, but this book is closely tied with it.

I love how this book followed Ash this time on his journey. It was heart wrenching most of the time, but I still couldn't stop reading it. I ended up reading pretty much the entire book in one day. I couldn't stop. I stayed awake just so I could finish the story, even though I was very tired.

With finishing the story though, I now have an empty feeling. I didn't want to end the series because I knew I wouldn't get to read about them anymore. I LOVE Ash. He is probably my number one crush as of this moment. This book will pull on your heart strings and it will do so even after the book is finished.

I went to bed last night waiting to write this review, because I wanted to try to gather my thoughts on it. I loved it, I am sure anyone that knows me, knows that I have fallen in love with this series. My problem with this review is I have no idea how to explain how much it has really affected me without doing major spoilers.

Most of this book I was kind of like get it together Ash!! He had some things happen through his journey that made him second guess everything. He had to take the time to keep going while thinking in his head what he really wanted. He left me with a lot of anger and jealousy for part of the story, but I don't mind it once I saw how everything was going to turn out. He keeps you on your toes for the whole story wondering what he will choose. He had a very hard decision to make, actually he had a few hard decisions to make. These decisions could change his life forever, more than he realized when he started the journey. The only thing that kept hope in my heart was at the very beginning of the book, there was a sentence on one page, kind of like the dedication pages, that said "Team Ash, this one's for you." I kept that in my mind reading the story, hoping it wouldn't end in a way that would make me want to burn the whole series.

Kagawa did an awesome job of giving you all you wanted and more. She did flashback scenes a lot, as well as scenes that kind of showed what Ash's life might be like shall he choose one path. It was nice to read those because it gave you swoon worthy times as well as heartbreaking times. Ash is such a strong guy.

Then there is Puck. He is such a sweetheart. He is definitely a trickster and has a fine line between serious and sarcasm. I love how dedicated he is to Meghan. He has obvious feelings for Meghan, and he does what he can just to make her happy no matter if that falls with being with him or not. I love his character in general, just the person/fae he is.

Meghan, the poor girl. She has been through so much, she is supposed to be a 16 and 17 year old girl throughout this series and she is forced to grow up very fast. she has so much on her shoulders all at once. One moment she thinks she is an ordinary human, the next she finds out she is a very powerful daughter of a Summer Fae King. She just has to learn how to use those powers in order to reach her destiny. One top of all of this, her heart is constantly being crushed. I know if I was her age, I don't know if I could handle all of it, let alone even some of the things she has to go through.

I really can't say much more about this book, I want to, I really want to, but I just can't spoil it for you. All I can say is this is one of 2 series that have affected me so much. The other series being Harry Potter. I didn't expect for it to affect me this way, but now that it has, I wouldn't change it for anything. This series will hold a special place in my heart and will definitely be a series that I will be re-reading for the rest of my life.

Couldn't Put It Down!!

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