Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Review- The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa


Title: Iron Knight
Author:Julie Kagawa
Publisher:Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult/ Fantasy
Rating: 5/5

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 first three books in the Iron fey series were from the female lead Point of View (Meghan).
Iron Knight focuses on Ash’s journey to become a mortal so he can be with his lady love The Iron Queen, I thought it made a exciting change to read the story from Ash’s P.o.v as a reader you really get to see the depth of the character, find out his hopes, dreams and desires.
The story also features Puck (Meghan’s best friend) and Ash’s sworn enemy, as the story progresses you really get to see the change in the relationship of the once former best friends.
Puck journey’s with Ash, alongside the clever feline Grimalkin, I absolutely love grimalkin I know he is a cat but he’s so cool ‘I am a cat,' purred Grimalkin." His infamous line! A wolf also joins them on this journey sent by Queen of the winter court to protect her son Ash, alongside a mysterious seer *spoiler*.  They journey to the end of the world so Ash can gain a soul and become a mortal and enter the Iron Kingdom without fear of dying , he has sworn to complete this journey no matter what difficulties lie ahead or the life changing decisions he has to make. This story has a lot of twists that kept me hooked throughout.
I loved seeing Ash’s character develop from the cold winter prince to a boy with strong emotions.
Julie Kagawa did a great job her description of the world; the creatures were vivid and really helped me envision the scene.
Ash’s journey is filled with all kinds of obstacles and it was a real adventurous read, taking the reader along a breath-taking ride.
After a long time I have read a YA book that has a proper adventure plot, this book didn’t disappoint at all. I’m glad the Iron Queen wasn’t the end of the series. Iron Knight lived up to all my expectations and has to be my favourite book of the series.
I was incredibly happy with the way it ended and I will miss reading about the wonderful world of the Iron Fey, but the ending was justified.
While reading the book I smiled, laughed, was shocked and squealed in excitement. A definite must read! I would recommend the Iron Fey series to everyone out there.

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