Title: The Iron Knight
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey
Previous Book(s) Review(s):
1. The Iron King
2. The Iron Daughter
3. The Iron Queen
Date Started: December 19
Date Finished: December 20
Format: Paperback from my local library
Meghan Chase has become the Iron Queen – the ruler of the Iron Fey and Kingdom – and seems to be at relative peace with the Winter and Summer courts. Everything is as it should be, or so it seems. In her final act before she became queen, Meghan released Prince Ash of the Winter court from his promise of knighthood and banished him from the Iron Realm. She knew that if she died, he would follow her soon after and she didn’t want that on her conscious. But she didn’t die and now Ash has to try and make his way back to her side.
The problem though is that he’s been banished from the Iron Realm and he is still a Winter court faery. The touch of iron could kill him, so he is on a mission. First to find the cat Grimalkin and then to somehow find a soul so that way he can become a mortal and be by Meghan’s side. But the task is not easy. For one thing, the jester Puck has decided to join him on his journey and they still have a centuries old feud to put to bed. For another, the journey is perilous and brings out the darker side of Ash, a side he thought he had locked away, and he eventually does turn on his once friend. But when it comes time to deal the killing blow – one that Puck willingly gives him – he can’t do it. But that doesn’t matter, because what happens next challenges his vow to come back to Meghan’s side.
I didn’t really like this book as much as I loved the last two. Don’t get me wrong, I was really excited for it, because it was told in Ash’s perspective, but there were a few places that dragged a little bit. And also, even though the feud between Puck and him is put to bed without any violence, I still don’t like the introduction of another love triangle. Although, kudos to Kagawa for throwing in the twist that Ariella – Ash’s first love – was still alive and had to help him on his quest for a soul. Tricky, tricky. The ending was a bit too easy for my tastes. I mean, with the huge buildup I would have thought the tasks that the Guardian was going to put Ash through would have been a little bit more daunting and not well…human. Guess I should have seen that coming though.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Still a good read and a nice insight into who Ash really is beneath his icy composure. I still really want to know if that small part of fey within him does keep him from aging as bad as his vision of the future showed.
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