Book Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

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.

To cold, emotionless 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 solemn 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. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.

And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Having the chance to read The Iron Knight was motivation for me to buy a Kindle. I have loved the Iron Fey series and was really looking forward to this final book in the series.  When I had the chance to read it via Netgalley I ordered a Kindle since I hate reading books on the computer.

I have mixed feeling on this one. It is a great story but honestly I missed Meghan. The Iron Knight is told from Ash’s perspective and it is his story. We learn more of Ash and his past with Arielle as well as details about his friendship with Puck. The story focuses on Ash’s quest to gain a soul so he can be with Meghan in the Iron Realm. That quest takes up almost the entire book. I spent the entire book waiting for the all to short ending. I know this is many people’s favorite book of the series, and it is a great book, but The Iron Queen will remain my favorite.  That said please don’t get the wrong idea – this book is a must read!

I’m grateful Julie wrote her author’s note at the end and grateful to her publisher for her influence on the ending.  If you have not read this series yet I highly recommend you give it a try!

Rating: 4.5 Stars – I highly recommend this series!

Source: Netgalley

Content: the same as the other books in the series, if you didn’t have an issue with them this one won’t bother you.

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa will be released on October 25, 2011 by Harlequin Teen.