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
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
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.