Title: The Iron Knight
By: Julie Kagawa
Series: Iron Fey Book #4
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: October 25, 2011
My Copy: Ebook provided through NetGalley
About the book:
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 another adventure for Puck and Ash. Ash is determined to become mortal, so that he can continue to protected his beloved Megan. As with the Summer's Crossing this novel is a turning point for the estranged friendship of Puck and Ash. The constant struggle for Ash to take revenge for the loss of his past love is laid to rest in this novel; allowing room for the broken friendship to mend. Puck is his typical witty self in throughout the novel, and the repercussions seem to be at an all time high. Leaving readers to wonder if Ash will kill him before the end of this adventure. Megan has very few appearance in this book, but it was fitting for the journey. Kagawa offer a bullet in the middle of this story, and it set me emotions on an all-time high. Creating a tail spin that left me angry with character and the story alike. This development had the potential to crush my happily ever after. Although, after working through the next couple chapters I think that this development allowed past feelings and doubts to be laid to rest. The future for Ash and Megan glitters and shines with no room for mistrust or doubts after this novel. Iron Fey lovers will devour this story. Interestingly, the pace of this story seemed slightly quicker than the prior novels; with the exception of Ash's Testing Ground scenes. I was tested myself in these areas, because the story seemed to slow down and creep through the memories. Rest assured once the testing was completed the story picked up and zipped right through the last pages. The Iron Knight leaves me to wonder if there will be another book for the Iron Fey series, but have searching for an answer I came up with nothing. Neither Julie Kagawa or the Iron Fey websites give any information about books past The Iron Knight. With the depth of detail for the future of the Iron Fey characters in this fourth book; it seems highly possible that this could have been the final book. Would this really be the end?