- Publisher: Mills & Boon
- Format: Paperback | 394 pages
- Dimensions: 147mm x 218mm x 33mm | 431g
- Publication date: 25 October 2011
- Publication City/Country: Richmond
- ISBN 10: 0373210361
- ISBN 13: 9780373210367
- Edition statement: Original.
- Sales rank: 7,936
"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
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By Erin PreFontaine 16 Dec 2011
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.
By Novia Chang 25 Oct 2011
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 valerie 25 Oct 2011
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 TeensReadToo 23 Sep 2011
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 Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 14 Sep 2011
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!