Title: Iron Knight (Iron Fey #4)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: October 26th, 2011
Read: November 2011
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.
What I thought:
I’m a huge fan of the rest of the Iron Fey series, especially the Iron Queen. It was sad that this book was the last in the series, but I’m glad that the author wrote it in a way that finished everything off for the characters, didn’t leave any loose ends and me wondering.
This story is told through the eyes of Ash, and takes off right after the Iron Queen and the Summer’s Crossing Novella. To gain the ability to be with Megan again, he goes on a quest to find himself a soul, and become human so he can stand being around the iron of her kingdom. Along the way he gets the help of Puck, Grim, and another two surprising people.
I loved all the action, their dangerous journey to the End of the World, and of course the development and changing that Ash has to go through during the book. I think it was really well written, and it also made me cry near the end of the book when a certain thing happens to a certain character (you’ll have to read to find out).
I would definitely recommend this book and the entire series to people who love a bit of faery charm and action!