Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Published by Harlequin Teen
Date Published: October 25, 2011
Rating: 5/5

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.
The Iron Fey is the kind of series that's so amazing, I want it to last forever. Going into The Iron Knight, I was excited because it's in Ash's point of view (I love Ash and all of his devotion, determination, and hotness!), but also sad because it's the last book in the series. I knew when I finished I would miss the characters I've grown to love after all this time, and I was right.

First let me tell you, if you haven't yet had the opportunity to venture into the magical world Julie Kagawa created within the Iron Fey series, pick up The Iron King and start reading now! You'll be glad you did. If you've finished The Iron Queen and are eagerly anticipating reading The Iron Knight, you won't be disappointed. Julie does an amazing job making the reader feel every emotion intended, with some scenes being so incredible that I tensed up while reading because I needed to know what happened next. She also does a great job with imagery. Her descriptions are so vivid that they make it feel like you're actually there in the world she created, right there by the characters sides every step of the way.

Throughout the first three books in the series, we see the world through Meghan's eyes. We see her love with Ash grow, from the first time they saw each other in the wyldwood, to the challenges they faced in the Winter Court, and through many tough battles and sacrifices that ultimately led to their heart-breaking separation at the end of The Iron Queen. Now, in The Iron Knight, Ash has set off on a quest to obtain a soul -- a quest that no known being in history has ever succeeded in accomplishing -- and through his point of view, we get to know the icy Unseelie Prince on a level like never before.

The quest is full of traveling and adventure, and of course Ash doesn't set off on it alone. Puck accompanies him, and the complex history of their long friendship is much better understood while reading about it through Ash's eyes. Puck always makes me laugh with his funny comments, too! Grim is also with them as their knowledgeable, logical, and sometimes smug guide, along with others, one in particular whose appearance will be sure to surprise you. I was glad to learn more about this mystery person and their part in Ash's life, even though their relationship with him did add a new layer to the love story, leaving me conflicted at times about how I wanted everything to end up. (When it comes down to it though, I'm all about Ash and Meghan being together!)

My understanding of Ash has grown so much from reading The Iron Knight. I love being able to know what's going on inside of his head, and it's interesting getting to see a lot of his past that we haven't had a chance to learn about in the other books in the series. There's a reason he's known throughout the realm as a cruel, feared ice-prince, and this book demonstrates the horrible ways he's earned that reputation. But even so, his love for Meghan is unwavering, and he's willing to go to the end of the world (literally!) to be able to be with her. She's the most important person in his life, and this all-encompassing loyalty and devotion he holds towards her is part of what makes me love him so much as a character. I also love his determination to see things through. His quest for a soul is tougher than anything he could imagine, and along his journey it becomes clear how vast the differences really are between humans and fey, leading him and the reader to contemplate the meaning of humanity, and what it truly means to have a conscience.

Even though I'm sad that it's over, I loved the ending of The Iron Knight, and I'm going to miss the characters that I've grown to love throughout this incredible series!

Guest reviewed by friend and author, Michelle Madow.

1 comment:

  1. Ahh, I want to read that now! I haven't started this series yet (yes, I'm smacking myself as I am writing this). But as soon as I see the first in this series on the library shelf - its going in my hands! Thanks for the review... can't wait to start this series!