Monday, October 31, 2011

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa [Review]

5 out of 5 Robots!
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Series: Iron Fey #4
Release: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
My Copy: NetGalley
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy this Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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…

My Take:
Well, Goodreads' synposis doesn't really tell you anything, but I guess that's ok.  Most people who would read this book will be familiar with the story and characters.  So, what can I tell you?  For full disclosure, I only read the book previous to this one (The Iron Queen).  But I feel that The Iron Queen gave me enough background information to understand the story and characters.  The Iron Queen left things...unfinished.  I was pretty unhappy about the ending until I learned there was going to be another book.  So, I was quite excited to read The Iron Knight!

The Iron Knight takes place awhile after The Iron Queen.  Meaghan is now the Iron Queen and ruling the Iron Kingdom.  Ash, an Unseelie Fey prince from the Winter Court, is desperately trying to find a way to be with her.  Iron is poisonous to the Fey and Ash would suffer greatly if he were to go into the Iron Kingdom.  So Ash is on a quest to become human.  He is accompanied by his "frenemy" Puck (aka Robin Goodfellow) and some special guests.  (To tell you who they are would give a lot away!).  Ash's journey takes them to the End of the World and back, literally! 

This book is told from Ash's perspective, which I really enjoyed.  He is of the "brooding" type and keeps things close to his heart. It is really awesome to get inside his head and get to know his emotions and feelings.  The story itself is really exciting as well.  Non stop action basically, each obstacle harder than the next.  It is the quintessential quest story, with twists and turns and revelations. Ash finds the journey much harder than he ever realizes and finds that become "human" is not as easy as he thought.  I really liked this book and was very happy to see the end be extremely satisfying.  I think anyone who enjoyed the previous books would definitely enjoy this one (and hopefully find the ending satisfying as I did).  If you haven't read the previous books, I suggest you at least read the The Iron Queen, otherwise you might not understand WHY the quest is so important to Ash.  

Books in this series in the order they should be read:
1. The Iron King - Amazon
2. The Iron Daughter - Amazon
3. The Iron Queen - Review - Amazon
4. The Iron Knight - Amazon

1 comment :

  1. I still have not read this series. I think it's because I have a hard time getting into faery books (don't ask me why).

    But I love these covers, and these books get SUCH incredible reviews - like this one - that I know I need to try it.



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