Book: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Book Info: Published by Harlequin Teen; 394 pages; paperback; borrowed from the library
Goodreads Summary: 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.
The Iron Knight is the last book in the Iron Fey series, and I loved it! I think it’s my favorite book in the entire series, and I’m glad it ended on such a strong note.
I love that it’s told from Ash’s perspective, and we learn a lot more about his history with Puck and we finally learn Arianna’s story. It was nice to see them without Meghan, and to work together so that Ash can be with Meghan in the Iron Realm. I thought their journey (especially Ash’s) was amazing, and the difference in Ash in The Iron Knight and The Iron King…he really was conflicted, but at the same time, you did see his softer side.
It was a bit darker than the rest of the series, but considering the Wyld Wood, the End Of The Earth and the gauntlet, it’s not really surprising. The creatures were a little scarier and a little more vicious. I liked seeing that darkness.
And Grimalkin! I really do love him, but he was still himself. He’s one of my favorite characters, and his relationship with the Big Bad Wolf was interesting and funny. Now that I think about it, though, their relationship kind of reminds me of the one between Ash and Puck.
I was surprised to learn that the series was originally meant to be a trilogy, because this book didn’t feel like it was tacked on. It was a really good resolution to the series, and I’m glad Kagawa wrote it!
I give it a 5 out of 5. It really was a good ending to the series, and I loved the imagery.