Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Source: received for review (Thank you, Harlequin!)
Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his throne, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl... and all for nothing.
Unless he can earn a soul.MY THOUGHTS:
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.
(summary taken from Goodreads)
WOW. That was literally the only word going through my usually busy head after finishing this book. I expected it to be good, but this was just... wow!
The Iron Fey series is literally my favourite set of faery-oriented novels ever. In every single book, (the mind-blowing) Julie Kagawa manages to expand on extremely lovable characters, put them through heart-wrenching trials, and write descriptions that play like a movie in your mind. Everything she puts down in her beautiful writing style is so easy to imagine!
After the heartbreaking end of the third book in this series, The Iron Queen, I couldn't help but squeal when I found out that there was going to be a fourth book — in Ash's point of view! If you ever thought you loved this amazing Winter prince before, get ready to fall all over again. Many female writers have trouble writing in a guy's point of view, but not Julie Kagawa! Everything about Ash and his interpretation was just flawless!
Full of twists and turns that you don't expect, and following a team of returning characters that you can't help but adore, The Iron Knight is the perfect ending to an amazing series. Definitely one of my favourites!
BUY or BORROW?: Are you kidding me? Buy it, of course! In fact, while you're at it, buy the whole darn series! If you haven't started reading The Iron Fey books yet, I wholeheartedly recommend that you do so now!