Sep 28, 2011

Book Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
(The Iron Fey, #4)
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen; 386 pages

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…

Where do I begin? I know, let me start with the dedication in the front of the book. It's dedicated to Team Ash fans...and from there, I thought I would hate the book (Yes, I'm Team Puck. Deal with it :) ). But I knew this was Ash's story so I didn't go into it with high hopes, if you will. HOWEVER, there was so much Puck in this story that it made even Puck fans giddy with joy. Now that that is out of the way, let me talk about the story. Ash is on a quest to find a way to be with Meghan in the Iron Kingdom and we already know as being a Unseelie Prince, iron is his weakness. But he made a promise to Meghan in The Iron Queen that he would find a way so they could be together and Ash definitely goes after what he wants, he doesn't stop until he has it. Even as a Puck fan, I'm rooting for him because, let's face it, if he were to fail Puck could very well get the girl but who would want a relationship out of a situation like that???

I think what excited me most about this book was who he had along with him for this extremely dangerous and practically impossible mission. Robin "Puck" Goodfellow was there, of course, but we also had Grimalkin and Wolf join the gang. The two of them together was just as amusing as Puck and Ash together. *highlight to view spoiler* Not to mention finding out Ariella is actually alive and accompaines them on this mission, as a Seer. *spoiler* They came across many obsticules together and it was thrilling to see them all work together to survive each one they came across.

I couldn't bring myself to give a perfect rating because following both The Iron Queen and Summer's Crossing is nearly impossible to do. The Iron Queen was, by far, my favorite of the series and well, Summer's Crossing is right up there with it, as my favorite novella, for obvioius reasons, I'm sure you'd know. (Pst...if you haven't bought that audiobook, I'd advise you do it NOW! Josh Hurley's voice is absolutely PERFECT for Puck...) Julie did a great job concluding this series as well as leaving it open for a future continuation...if desired. If you've read this series, you better pick up this book. If you haven't read this series, do not pick up this book until you've read everything else. If you love fantasy novels, especially about fairies, you'll want to pick up this series.

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