Friday, July 29, 2011

ARC Review: The Iron Knight

Title: The Iron Knight
Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: October 25th

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. --Goodreads

Thank you, NetGalley and HarlequinTeen, for the amazing opportunity to read this galley! Also a big thank you to Julie Kagawa for The Iron Fey series-- for giving readers this beautiful world and astounding characters.

I cried. I laughed. I smiled. My heart fluttered at times. And I cried some more. The Iron Knight went above and beyond everything I had hoped for. I knew it would. I just absolutely adore this series for everything it is. The romance and action. The characters. The amazing fantasy and world of Nevernever.

I became very sentimental knowing that this was the last installment of the series. I wasn’t ready for Meghan and Ash’s story to end, to see Puck and Grimalkin leave the pages, and even slowly watch Queen Mab fade away in the words. Yes, I’m a fan of Queen Mab, no matter how “evil” her character may be. I’m a huge Shakespeare fan, and her character has always been a favorite in all things. Of course, she didn’t make an appearance in this installment. Her name was mentioned a few times. I missed her here.

Grimalkin. Where do I begin here? Oh, you crazy, totally sarcastic loveable cat. You’d be perfect for me. I wish you were here. You would be great with conversation. Then again… you might get annoyed easily and disappear. After all, you’re a cat. A very smart one. ;) Grimalkin has been special to me since the beginning. He gave me a lot of laugh-out-loud moments. Never have I loved another cat character as much since Cheshire Cat.

Puck will always have a special place in my heart. He’s hilarious, sarcastic, and fun. Also very loyal. No matter how much him and Ash fought and threatened each other, he stuck around. That’s because deep down, Puck cared and it shows completely through every action he makes. Speaking of Puck, here’s some Puck-Love as well. I’m “Team Ash”, but he’s dear to me also. I love, love, love the cover of this installment. It features both Ash and Puck. Ash on the front (pictured at the top of the review), and Puck on the back. Here:

The Iron Knight brought on some new- very unlikely and shocking- characters. It was a great journey full of laughs and tears. I don’t want to go into too much detail for fear of spoilers. Let’s just say that if you have read this series, you will not be disappointed in this one at all. I absolutely loved Ash’s POV. The romance was enchanting. The writing was elegant and beautiful.

I could get lost in the world of Nevernever constantly. The Iron Fey series will most definitely be one I reread over and over. A top five favorite. The hardcopy will be purchased come release date to complete my series and proudly displayed in full on my shelf.

If you haven’t yet read this series, read it! It’s an incredible journey that I‘m sure you won‘t regret!

5 stars!


Which court would you choose if you were a part of the Nevernever?

The Iron Realm

I think I would choose The Iron Realm. I’m too addicted to technology at this point in my life. Haha. But, I also really like the appeal of Unseelie for some reason. Summer is usually too hot weather for my tastes.



  1. I have this on netgalley too right now! So excited to dig into it! The covers are so pretty!

  2. I love this review! I was so excited that NetGalley approved me for it! It was the perfect ending to a perfect series!

    Kristin @ Better Read Than Dead

  3. Thanks! :) And yes.. this is one of my top favorite series. Haha. Absolutely amazing. :D It is a great ending. I cried a lot though. LoL.

  4. Like many fantasy books, this one is about the journey and the battles faced in getting to the end. The quest for a soul--Ash's quest--is a harrowing one that he knows full well no one else has ever survived. Yet, Ash forges on because deep in his heart he knows that it is the right thing to do--it is his only hope for a future with Meghan. For this final Iron Fey installment, we are also pulled into Prince Ash's POV for the first time instead of Meghan and it is an eye-opening experience that fans of the series will love.

  5. I love this series too! Gave it 5 stars on my blog :)


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