Monday, April 16, 2012

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

3 Stars
(Iron Fey Series book 4)

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 arch rival, 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. description

My Thoughts;  OK I am going to try and be gentle. I was a little disappointed in this book. I guess I expected more. Meh, to be honest I really can't give just one reason, it was more like a combo of several.

The first three in this series were, to me, a little more fast paced. I read them in entirety over a weekend. This book however took me almost all week. I almost feel as though I only finished it because I just wanted to know how it ends.However, this was never a series that I needed therapy over sooo...

The high points... I love the characters. If I had to choose I would definitely say I am TEAM PUCK. I am usually a sucker for the brooding man, but in this instance not so much. Ash is great and he clearly loves Meghan deeply but when someone from his past shows up he got a little wishy-washy for me. Puck on the other hand, no matter how awful Ash is/was to him, stays by his side. Puck considers Ash as his best friend and he would never let harm come to him in anyway given the choice. And this is all in spite of the fact that Ash has vowed to, one day, kill Puck. Grimalkin is as...hmm what is the word of Grim?? Self-righteous? Sarcastic? Egotistical? Narcissistic? I don't really care what we call him, he has a heart under all that fur. He has always been there to help this bunch out and get them through whatever they have gotten themselves into. He might grumble and complain but he is there just the same.

I am only giving this book a 3 star rating because it just didn't hold my attention. However, it was a great story and a perfect ending to this series. For those who are madly in love with the Iron Fey...I do not think they will be the least bit disappointed.

Happy Reading!! :-)

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