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Description"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. Don't miss the first book in Julie Kagawa's highly anticipated new series, TALON, AVAILABLE OCTOBER 28, 2014
- Published: 25 October 2011
- Format: Paperback 394 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780373210367 ISBN 10: 0373210361
- Sales rank: 6,142
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Reviews for The Iron Knight
Reviewed by Erin at Jump Into Books
I just want to start off by saying, this has got to be THE BEST Iron Fey series book thus far! I loved all of Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey books, but this one has to be my favorite. The tension between Puck and Ash was, as always, hilarious. They kept each other afloat through the whole book, and you could see how loyal they were towards each other. You also learned about Ash, and his past, and what makes Ash, Ash.
Ash's loyalty towards Megan was amazing, even after his surprise encounter with a past 'friend'. He sought his journey through to the very end, with a few bumps along the way. He encountered the Wolf yet again, and he was pretty funny with his and Grimalkin's encounters, always bashing each other. And, as always, Grimalkin just reminds me so much of the Cheshire Cat from Alice In Wonderland, just popping in and out of sight.
I love how she (Julie Kagawa) described Ash's past and gave us, the readers, a better understanding of why Ash is just Ash. You got to see his temper, his love and his fears as the cold hard exterior of the Winter Prince started to fade and melt away.
Puck delivered a great performance as the ever comedic faerie he is. Just a great comic relief that had me laughing many times throughout the book.
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars because of great writing Kagawa delivers again, I can't wait to read more of her work.
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Perfect end to an awesome series!
The Iron Knight is the fourth and final book in the Iron Fey series and if you have yet to read these books, you have to get them! Ms. Kagawa's world building is excellent, her characters endearing and unforgettable and her stories are fantastic and filled with forbidden and all consuming love.
While the first three books in the series were told from Megan's point of view, The Iron Knight is told from Ash's perspective and picks up shortly after the events in The Iron Queen. Megan is now queen of the Iron Realm but Ash cannot be with her there because the iron would kill. To be with the woman he loves, Ash embarks on an epic quest to abandon his life as a faerie and become mortal.
While the first three books were awesome, I am so happy that Ms. Kagawa ended the series with this book! The Iron Knight gives us so much background on Ash, we truly get to understand how he became so cold and guarded, how he became friends and then enemies with Puck and just how much he really loves Megan.
Even more profound, this book is also about being human, what it really means to love unconditionally and to give up everything, even life, for that love. It also brings to mind the fact that we are more than the choices and we have made and more than the sum of our past mistakes (yes, I just quoted a Tenth Avenue North song but it goes so well with this book, I could not get it out of my head while I was reading!). The Iron Knight is darker that previous books in the series and the Nevernever just a bit more twisted. The book also has more action, more emotion and is just an all around spectacular read.
The Iron Knight is a completely satisfying conclusion to my all time favorite fey series. While I did feel like I was saying goodbye to old friends, I am looking forward to Julie Kagawa's new series, upcoming books, and pretty much read anything else she writes.
Content: Implied sex, kissing, mild profanity and violence.
My Rating: The Best! by Novia Chang
- Top review
The best of the Serie.
I love this whole serie, but this book really got me in a way that blow my mind!
This book was awesome, full of action and emotion. Oh my! The range of emotion that I was going thru while I was reading this book! I read a lot of YA book and this one was one of the most touching and disturbing that I read this year so far. Some chapters really brought me tears to my eyes and I'm not the kind of girl who cry while reading a YA book. I also read the other book from The Iron Fey serie and those kind of emotions didn't even burst! Well maybe the part about the reunion between Megan and his father was very touching but that was it. So I was surprise when I started to feel the tight throat and tears. I don't know if it was the author style, because she didn't change anything from the first book of the series. Maybe she felt more tragic for the last book.
I love reading and discovering new kind of mythologic creatures and Julie Kagawa never stoped impressing me with her imagination and creativity about it. While reading The Iron Knight, you will meet again with Prince Ash, Puck, Grimalkin but you will encounters with new characters. These new characters are very important and will bring they contribution on the futur quest of the Prince Ash.
The plot is a little bit disturbing: If Ash want to stay to Megan side he will have to get a soul and becomming a real human. If you read the entire series of the Iron Fey Series, you'll know that human a pretty despised in the Fey realm. But in the same time, what Ash wouldn't do to be with Megan again? That's really make the story : this whole quest will bring Ash and his friend to the End of the World and he will try to find a way to earn a soul.
This book his really about Ash and we learn a lot about his own past. We learn what really happens to his former lover Arielle and the human girl he betrayed, Brynna. There was a lot of action and interesting adventure: I couldn't stop reading when I was in the middle of the action. Suspence, mystery, thrilling moments was from page one until the end really impress me. I didn't felt this way with the other books. I don't know if its the fact that the book is writing has Ash point of view, but I really considered it a plus.
I recommend this book if you start that serie, if you want to know how all this story will end, you will fetch your own copy of The Iron Knight right away! by valerie
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo
At last, we are treated to Ash's story. Ash has been kicked out of the winter court, and he is also unable to be by Meghan's side. Meghan Chase is now the Queen of the Iron Fey, and like all other Fey, Ash cannot exist around iron. So, Ash makes a vow to Meghan and himself - he will find a way back to her if it's the last thing he does. After all, he has vowed to be her knight.
This is a novel of constant action. There is almost never a moment where the reader can just sit back and go "whew." In THE IRON KNIGHT, Ash, with no doing of his own, assembles a band of the most unlikely companions. His bitter enemy, Puck, won't leave his side, no matter how fiercely Ash taunts him. The fickle cait sith, Grimalkin, ever complaining, joins in on the quest. Ash's mother sends surprise help, and a girl, long thought dead, assists as well.
Ash realizes that the only way he can survive in the iron realm is to be mortal. With this group in tow, Ash seeks a rumored place where he will face perilous trials in an attempt to become mortal. 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. Of course, the bickering with Puck is here in full force, but there is much more to Ash than the cold, brooding nature that has been seen in the rest of the series. Ash is a strong, noble Fey bound and determined to keep a promise he made. I devoured the novel while at the beach and hope that this isn't the last of THE IRON FEY series. After all, there's still Puck to discover! by TeensReadToo
Review from Blkosiner's Book Blog
I really enjoyed getting inside Ash's head, and it made me fall more not less like I was a little afraid of.
The banter between Ash and Puck is amazing and keeps this moving when it could be a bit slow. Add Grimalkin to the mix, and you get a book that I couldn't put down.
There are a few unexpected characters to drop in but by the end I fully appreciated them and they made an impression on me.
I recommend this series highly! by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Overall Great Read
Ash, the former prince of the Winter Court has given up everything. His title of Prince, his home at the winter Court, even his vow of loyalty. And for what? All for a girl...a half human girl named Meghan Chase and it may all be for nothing. That is unless he can earn a soul and become human.
Ash as an emotionless and cold faery Prince always saw love as a terrible weakness for only fools and mortals. His own "one true love" Ariella had died such a horrific death that it killed the gentler feelings that Ash had once had forever. Or he thought those alien feelings had gone forever until he set eyes on Meghan Chase. Meghan is half-human and as Oberon King of Summer's daughter she is also half fey. Meghan had smashed down the icy barricades that Ash had put up and he fell uncontrollably in love with her and binding him to her for all time. Ash swore an oath to be her Knight, but when all of Faery almost fell to the rule of the Iron Fey and then Meghan became the Iron Queen, she severed their bond to save his life. As no Summer or Winter Fey can survive in the Iron realm. So Ash begins a quest to obtain a soul to enable him to be at Meghans side in the Iron Realm for all of time. Accompanying him on his quest is Puck - the Summer Court prankster and good friend of Meghans and of course Ash if only they would admit to being friends! Also on the journey is Grimalkin the cat sith. Others also join him on the journey but to reveal them now would in my opinion spoil your enjoyment and surprises in the book, so I will try to keep spoilers out and be more generalised.
To survive in the Iron Realm Ash needs to have a soul of his own and a mortal body. He faces impossible tasks to try to earn them. No one has ever returned from these tasks to tell the tale.
Ash eventually learns a truth that turns reality upside down and challenges his deepest, darkest beliefs. Ash learns that sometimes it takes more than just courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.
I had seriously high expectations for this book and yes some of them were met but the book also disappointed me in places too. The actual journey to the end of the wood/world seemed to drag in places as though it was being drawn out to make the book longer. Sorry and no disrespect to Julie Kagawa but that is how it felt to me and I always pride myself on giving my honest opinion in my reviews. Having said that I did still enjoy the book overall. I loved where Ash saw possible futures for himself and Megan, and saw them married and having a son etc. I loved the characters of Ash, and Puck and the others on the journey to the testing grounds. The friendships and "fake" animosity between certain characters was brilliantly written. I thought the actual tests that Ash went through were really well thought out and an excellent concept, showing him what he stood to lose if he chose to become a mortal. by Sandra Keys
A must read
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