Friday, September 23, 2016

Review: The Iron Knight


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.


Rating: 4.5 Stars

Book Title: The Iron Knight (The Iron Fey #4)

Author: Julie Kagawa

Release Date: October 26th, 2011

Pages: 400

Publisher: Harlequin Teen




         
   They say count your blessings! And let me tell you, you won’t hear me forget to count mine after finding out there was a fourth book to Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey Series! Seriously, my heart hurts for those of you who read this series when it first came out, because I can’t imagine having read the third book, The Iron Queen, thinking the series ended there. ALL. THE. FEELS. Luckily Julie’s editor (or publicist) encouraged her to write another book in this series so that there would be more of a happy ending (THANK GOSH). I won’t lie, I was a teensy bit mad at Kagawa after reading about that in her acknowledgements for book 4, when she mentioned she thought Meghan’s journey ended where it did in book 3 because she thought it was more realistic. OUCH. Either way, I am entirely too happy with how this series ended overall and I was even more ecstatic to learn that The Iron Knight was told from Ash’s POV for most of the book.  #teamash

Favorite Bits:
o   The scene with the “evil doppelgangers” (as Puck so calls them): Imagine the mirror room at a fun house/carnival, the ones that distort appearances, long halls crammed with floor to ceiling mirrors.  Now add an evil twin of yourself who is trying to kill you. Creepy, right? Besides having a weird fascination with doppelgangers to begin with (I blame Vampire Diaries), I thought it was interesting to see what each of them could potentially become should they give in to their dark sides. We witnessed snippets of these personalities in the past in some of the other books in the series. Ash, when we first meet him, is pretty dark and has shut off most of his emotions.  Puck even has displayed instances of his darker side, usually when he’s fighting, or when his jealousy got the best of him and he took his rage out on Ash. The scene with the doppelgangers before Ash’s trials began was almost like a wake-up call or warning of what they could be if they weren’t careful.  My favorite part of this scene though was when Puck looks over to find Grimalkin watching the fight.  While everyone else is battling their evil twin in the mirror room, both Grimalkin and his doppelganger are watching everyone while reminding them that they are running out of time. Leave it to Grimalkin to stay out of danger as normal!

                   “ ‘Shouldn’t you two be trying to kill each other?’ The Grimalkins                                      sniffed. ‘Please,’ they said at the same time."

o   The unexpectedness of the trials: I think I was just as dumfounded at the trials and what was expected of Ash as he was.  I was so sure it would be similar to the Triwizard Tournament, with at least a few fire breathing dragons, or battling to the death.  It’s Faery after all! Instead, the trials that Ash goes through in order to gain a soul are a precursor to what it is like to be a human rather than the immortal Fey he is. I thought they were all too fitting for the reward he was hoping to gain should he win, and I loved that they ended up being much different from what I was expecting.
                             

16 comments:

  1. I've had my eye on this series but haven't read it yet. Now you have me curious about what this crazy ending is in Book 3 and what all the feels are for!

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    1. Have you ever read the Divergent series Kristen? If so, the conclusion of book 3 of this series is JUST as shocking as Allegiant was! No one dies, but it's just as unexpected!

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    2. For a minute there I was afraid you just spoiled the ending of this series for me, haha. I like unexpected though! You have me even more interested in this series now :-)

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    3. No don't worry I wouldn't do that!! I always use the ending of Divergent for reference for situations like this though lol.

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  2. I'm so glad book 3 wasn't Megan's ending! I also really like how Puck and Ash's friendship started to mend in 4.

    Are you planning on reading the trilogy that takes place with Megan's baby brother? I personally haven't read it.

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    1. I am! I actually rented them from the library and they just sent me a notice today that I need to renew them LOL. I'm hoping to catch up on my homework (i fell a bit behind this past week) and then start the first book in the spinoff trilogy this weekend!

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  3. I'm so happy you're continuing to enjoy this series, Emily! I'm going to have to unearth it on my nook so I can start my own journey with these characters! :) Lovely review!

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    1. Thank you Brandee! And thanks for reading my reviews!

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  4. Yup, I definitely need to get back to this series!

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  5. I enjoy this author, I just haven't read this series yet. Wonderful review:) Emily

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    1. Thank you Kimba! What other books have you read by Kagawa? Any good ones I should know about?

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  6. I haven't got this far in the series yet. I need to get going! I do love the series so far. Great review!

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    1. Thank you Lisa! And the further I get into it, the more attached I'm becoming to the characters! I get like that with most series though (as I'm sure many people do). I'm hoping they all make an appearance still in the spinoff series with her brother!

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  7. Wow, this is series is longer than I realized! And I think there's a follow-on series, too? (Call of the Forgotten, maybe?) I'm so excited the whole series has been such a hit for you!

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    1. Yes it's so long! But this one was a taddd bit different, because it followed the same storyline, but Ash kind of did his own thing separate from Meghan and then they reunited/their stories clash towards the ending. In the acknowledgements Kagawa said she wasn't planning on a fourth book until her editor urged her to do it. Readers were upset with book 3's ending:) and rightly so (in my opinion)
      And yes, the spinoff series is with her brother! I'm not so sure how I'm going to feel about it, but I thought I would at least give it a try! I shall miss my beloved Ash though. Unless he maybe makes an appearance in this series too? I'm not sure yet. I need to start it soon!

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