The Iron Knight – The Iron Fey #4 – Julie Kagawa
"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..."To cold 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 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. 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.
I've always been partial to stories revolving around a quest. I guess I'm just a history geek! Princes, courts, knights, powerful queens, those are the elements I love most in my books (next to legends that is) .
Althought The Iron Fey has all these elements, I've had my troubles with the previous 3 books. Not all the characters are all that likeable and the author tends to repeat a lot of elements to the point that I want to smash my book against something.
When I began this fourth book, I had the same comments. Ash is a douchbag and I can't seem to like him even a bit. The fact that he keeps swooning for Ariella pissed me off immensely. GET OVER IT. You're with someone else now, show her some respect, you ass!
As to the repetitiveness, if I had to count all the times Grimalkin is washing his paws (at the weirdest moments) I'd need more than 4 hands.
That aside, this story was GOOD. I liked every step of the Quest, especially the Testing Grounds and the End Of the World. So. Much. Fun. That Alice feeling I had lost after the first book was back again, and what a relieve that was! Also, how awesome is Puck? I mean it, why even bother with Ash when you've got Puck. He's handsome, funny, strong, protective, caring. Whoesh, gimme!
This book deserves a solid 4 dragons. Once the real quest began, I couldn't put it down, I even pulled an allnighter, says enough, doesn't it?