Title: The Iron Knight
Author: Julie Kagawa
Spoilers to come (Read The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, and The Iron Queen first !)
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.
Ol’ Prince Ash is on a journey to be with the … second love of his life. Hell bent on getting a soul, on being able to set foot through the realm of the iron fey without dying, Ash sets out on a deathly journey down the River of Dreams to the edge of Nevernever. With Grimalkin and Puck by his side, he is prepared to give up everything to gain a soul and mortality. However, when a bump in the road meets him, Ash finds himself making a harder decision than he ever thought he would have to make.
Loved this book as much as the other three. As with the other three, though, there were moments where it was predictable, but at this point, many books are like that. I laughed, and gasped, and at some points I was actually surprised. Captivating and totally awesome, this book, taken from Ash’s point of view, was great ~ Though I did love the other three more (hehe… sorry Ash fans), this was still a great end to the series.
Also, I just LOVE these covers, they’re so pretty~~ This book was cool ’cause the front cover had our ice prince, while the back cover had the summer jester, it’s was cool (:
World Building: 5/5
GoodReads Rating: 4.31/5
“I have so much to tell you, Ash. But not here.” She slid back, out of my arms. “I have a place not far from here. Go collect Robin Goodfellow, and then I can tell you both.”
A strangled noise interrupted us. I turned to see Puck standing several yards away, staring at Ariella with an open mouth. His green eyes were wider then I’d ever seen them.
“I’m…seeing things,” he stammered, and his gaze f lickered to me. For just a moment, I saw hope f lare in their depths. “Ash? Tell me you see her, too.”
– Ariella and Puck
As we drew closer, we could hear the Briars move, creaking and slithering, eager to welcome us into its embrace.
“Quick question.” Puck’s voice broke the silence. “Did anyone think to bring a can of Off?”
The Wolf gave him a confused look, and I raised an eyebrow. “Do we even want to know?”
“Mmm, probably not.”
-Puck and the Wolf
“Yeah, I’ve no doubt you will.” Puck sighed, crossing his arms. “Anyway, you probably won’t see me for a while, iceboy. The thought of returning to Summer just isn’t as appealing as it once was. Maybe it’s time for a road trip.” He f lung out his arms dramatically. “The wind in my face, the open road stretching out before me, excitement and adventure just around the next bend.”
“Huh.” I eyed him shrewdly. “Oberon didn’t give you permission to go tromping through the Deep Wyld with me, did he?”
“Not so much.” Puck grimaced. “Anyway, I think it’s time for a vacation, let Lord Pointy Ears cool down for a bit.”
-Ash and Puck