Thursday, November 10, 2011
Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Date Read: November, 2011
Publication Date:October 25, 2011
Paperback, 361 pages
Summary From GoodReads:
My name- my True Name- is Ashallyn'darkmyr Tallyn. I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court.
And I am dead to her.
My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl...
To cold faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing 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 faery 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 its end- a quest to find a way to honor his vow to stand by Meghan's side.
To survive the Iron Realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. And along the way, Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Before I read the book: OOOOOH, ASH'S Story!?!?!?! :)
After I read the Book:
I didn't think that it was possible for me to be any more in love with Ash than I already was. But then I read this book and found out that I was WRONG. I am way more in love with Ash than before. Sounds crazy, right?
It was only supposed to be a trilogy, but I am extremely happy that Julie Kagawa decided to write this book from Ash's POV, it was interesting to see things from his side, and we all got to learn more about him. And I like how it all ended, everything was wrapped up, but at the same time it also left things open enough, so that another book could be written in the future.
I'm glad that Ash's oath to kill Puck was rendered void. That Was something that hod me worried from the very beginning. Because, even though I am definitely Team Ash, I still love Puck, and I didn't want to see him dead. And, while we're on the subject of Puck, he seemed so much more... mature in this book. we got to see a deeper side of him, just HOW much he was affected by Ariella's death and exactly how much he loves Meghan. He loves her so much in fact, that he will do anything to see that she's happy. Even if it means that he has to step aside and let Ash have her.
Okay, I love Grim. So much. More than any of the other characters combined :D He reminds of a mix between the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland and Miyoga from Inuyasha. And, he might try to claw me for saying this, but I just want to hug him. One of the questions in the back of the book asked something along the line of "Why do you think Grimalkin's double didn't fight with the others?" My answer to that question is the fact that Grim is Grim. What you see is what you get. He's not trying to keep some part of him pushed down. I probably sound crazy right now, but it makes sense to me.
The Big Bad Wolf was an interesting add to the story. And, yes I know that he is supposed to be evil, but I couldn't help liking him just a little bit. I found myself near tears every time I thought he was going to get seriously hurt.
I am going to stop myself here, so I don't give away anything too important about the book. Like the fact that You-Know-Who comes back. For a little while anyway. And no, I am not talking about Voldemort. LOL
This was a great ending to a great series, and now I'm not sure if I want to cry because it's over, or smile and dance because it was so completely wonderful. This series is definitely a Must-Read.