Sunday, October 30, 2011
Review of The Iron Knight
*The following review may contain spoilers! Definitely do not read if you have not read the previous novels!*
Goodreads Summary: "My name—my True Name—is Ashallayn'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..."
I don't think I've ever been more eager for a book in my entire life. I was on countdown for it's release date, something I don't even normally bother to look up for most books; I take on an attitude of it will get here when it gets here. Not so with this particular novel. Julie Kagawa has created a world of fey that I am utterly enthralled with and despite being reluctant to leave it just yet, I knew that the conclusion was forthcoming. After all, all good things must come to an end.
In the previous three books some of my favorite scenes have been those between Puck and Prince Ash, I loved getting to know the back-story between these two characters. Their friendship, their rivalry, and ultimately their feud. I fell just a little bit more in love with each of them [in different ways, I am most definitely Team Ash though I really want Puck as my best friend] with each exchange. Despite this great love I was a bit nervous as to how a book revolving solely around the two of them would work out, after all previously Meghan had always acted as a buffer. I shouldn't have been worried. Kagawa didn't let me down. These boys held their own.
The romance is poignant. Though Meghan is not technically "there" in this book she is at it's heart. The reader is really given an intimate look into Prince Ash's mind to see the depth of his love for her, as well as a reveal as to where Puck truly stands in all of this. I was so glad that Kagawa was able to work these scenes in, to give closure to one of my absolute favorite love triangles.
But most importantly, this was the book of Prince Ash. Julie Kagawa even dedicated this book to his loyal team. Despite having fallen for the mysterious Prince of Winter I was thrilled to finally know him. Prince Ash had always had depth as a character but with his fey heritage, especially that of his home court, there was so much that he kept back...even from Meghan or Puck. For fans of Prince Ash this will seal the deal, your hearts will be lost once and for all. For those rooting for Robin Goodfellow, maybe you'll get a glimpse of why we love our icy prince so very much.
Just when I think that there can't possibly be anything else that Julie Kagawa could throw at me she does it again. There were all sorts of twists and turns in this novel that I didn't even see coming, and trust me when I say I looked! I'm giving The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa five a out of five stars review. This was a beautifully written conclusion to an amazing series, one that I can see myself going back to time and time again for a true fairy tale.
Posted by Ash at 9:25 AM