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Title: The Iron Knight (The Iron Fey series #4)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Science Fiction / Young Adult / Fantasy / Short Novella
Summary (from Goodreads):
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.
Wow! Just Wow. Ash is one loyal knight, I must say. He really did find a soul to be with Meghan. Now that’s what I’ll call true love. He did it for her. Even though he was journeying with his past love, making it hard for him to focus on his journey because he still loves her and vice versa. But Ash’s determination was never stopped. He thought of only Meghan and he ended up with her. Oh I love Ash!
So what did I loved and not-so-loved about this book, you might ask? Well, there’s a lot of loving that’s for sure!
What I loved:
1. Ash. Well who would not? Probably we all have loved him since the very first book, Iron King. He’s awesome, sexy, dark, handsome, arousing, attractive, beautiful, gorgeous, irresistible, captivating, fascinating, charming, appealing *catches breathe* molded into one! He’s perfect! I love him. I love how mysterious and stiff guys could be bent by the girl they love the most. I love how he changed from being distant to easy-going. Everything about him makes me go, oooooh. LOL
2. Puck. Hey, I’m 75% team Ash and 25% team Puck. He’s as gorgeous as he is. Funnier, even. I love how he rolls. He’s as sexy as Ash but he’s more lively, more enthusiastic. What is not to love about him? Puck sure knows how to handle defeat. And he really is, also, a good sport. I love how he jokes around and how he handles his duels with Ash. He definitely is a big help throughout the whole adventure. Without his enthusiasm and bright thinking, the book would be boring and Ash’s quest would’ve been complete. Thanks to the very fun-filled-adventurous-Robin Goodfellow! Oh, I love Puck!
3. Grimalkin and The Big Bad Wolf. They are so cute, for me. I find it very funny and cute when they argue. Grim calling the Wolf, “dog” and the Wolf wanting to eat him and tear his head off. Not very surprising cos dogs tend to hate cats in real life. It’s just so amusing when it’s Grim and the Wolf. They are very reliable in Ash’s quest as well. Grim being the smart ass, solving riddles and finding the way. He’s pretty much done this in the entire series, if you could remember. And the Wolf, being vicious and strong. Really helped Ash a lot. I love them both!
4. The book cover. LOL!! Am I the only one who thinks the models who portrayed Ash and Puck are gorgeous and enticing? LOL I died when I saw the cover before the book was released. And I died harder when I got the book and was actually holding a copy of The Iron Knight with handsome guys as cover. And then they said that you must not judge a book by its cover.
5. Ash’s back stories. Yes, I didn’t actually loved it but I liked it. It made me feel that I knew Ash more LOL and it made me understood why he acts coldly and cared for no one before he and Meghan had been together. The stories are sad and in Ash’s part, very regretful but I’m glad he overcame his feelings of guilt and was ready t change and be new.
6. Kierran!!! Though I did not read about him at the end, I was very delighted when I read that they had a son. A very handsome one, the book had said. I wish he had more part in the story. I wish it did not have to end but I know that’s the way every series goes. At least this one’s got a happy ending.
What I did not love:
1. Ash. Well, just a bit. I got a bit annoyed when he kept on considering on staying behind and just be with Ariella, though I know it’s a hard decision for him but really must he have doubts for Meghan and him? Well, it didn’t last long though, my love for Ash still conquered everything!
2. Ariella. I was more annoyed at her cos she’s making Ash have second thoughts about his quest but then, after she had sacrificed herself for him, my annoyance was lessen. I’m team Meghan all the way, so you cannot blame me. LOL
3. The story narration. It’s all narrative. I feel like dozing off when I’m reading it. It contains a few dialogues and all talk in Ash’s mind. It’s not as hyped up as the last three books. It’s a bit boring.
So yeah, you’ve read what I loved and not-so-loved about the book. I do hope Julie Kagawa’s next series makes it as a bestseller! I love her writing. I love the Iron Fey series! It made me love faeries. And I’m glad Ash found his way home to Mag Tuiredh and in Meghan’s realm. Be her knight and continued to love each other forever *teary-eyed*. They are so sweet. Nothing beats a courageous couple, with a loyal-loving-handsome Ash and a stubborn-passionate-beautiful Meghan.