by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #4
Published on October 26, 2011 by Harlequin TEEN
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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.
I’m not really sure what to say. This book left me speechless, utterly speechless. First off, Iloved the first three books in the Iron Fey series. I think Meghan is a strong female lead and entertaining to read about. Then comes The Iron Knight, told from the Winter prince, Ash’s, point of view. I really liked the new insight on his character (he was always my favorite), and to see him conflicted with his past and potential future really made him stand out in my book of male leads.
Near the end of the story, I wanted to shake my Nook and ask why. Kagawa makes you believe something dealing with Ash’s mortality (I won’t share it to avoid spoilers) and then WHAM, nope, there’s still plenty of story left. And the whole thing with meeting someone from his past and the remnant feelings of that relationship? I wavered on my opinion of Ash almost as much as his emotions wavered. I wanted him to choose one person and he didn’t know who the right one was for him. If you take anything from what I just said there, it’s that this book has so many twists and turns that you will become emotionally attached to it.
Alright, so I think it’s clear I want my own knight to go to the End of the World for me (don’t we all). But in all seriousness, I highly recommend this book, along with books 1-3 (The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, and The Iron Queen). It’s great for all ages with elements of paranormal romance, fantasy, and adventure all bound together in a nice cover. And who wants to pass up a chance to meet the mischievous Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream?