Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Book Review: The Iron Knight (Iron Fey #4) by Julie Kagawa

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

The fourth book in the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa comes out with a bang.  Twitter was all abuzz when the news went out that The Iron Knight was available for advanced review.  I'm surprised the server at Netgalley didn't go down.  Yes, I was as excited as everyone else and let me tell you, it was NOT much ado about nothing.  The Iron Knight may just be the best book of the series.

As the title suggests, it centers on Ash, the Winter prince going on a quest to earn his soul so he can join Meghan in her Iron court.  Puck goes along for comic relief, as well as Grimalkin for his umm... cattyness.  The characters are as rich as ever.  I felt like they were sitting with me as I read.  I missed Meghan as she wasn't in this book very much, but at least her aura was, as everything Ash did was for her.

The novel is expertly written with lots of action, adventure, drama, and just enough humor to keep your blood pressure in check.  It's a wonderful world that Julie Kagawa has built and I hope she lets us visit there again and again!

I received this book from the publisher, Harlequin, through Netgalley.  Thank you for allowing me to read such a great book!

I give this book 5 Bookworms.

Reading Level:  Young Adult
Paperback:  304 pages
Publisher:  Harlequin; Original Edition (October 25, 2011)
ISBN-10:  0373210361
ISBN-13:  978-0373210367


  1. I haven't read the series but it sounds like I should.

  2. He must give up everything he knows in order to honor his vow to Meghan. The trials that Ash faces are far too interesting to give away in a review. The tests he face make him seriously ponder his decision and decide once and for all whether being Fey or being with Meghan is more important. I've always been a fan of Ash, so I was extremely excited to see a novel devoted entirely to him.