Title: The Iron Knight (Iron Fey #4)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Published by: Harlequin (Oct. 25, 2011)
Source: ARC Copy
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy
My Rating: 5 Solid Stars
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.
I am so glad that Kagawa decided to give us this last glimpse into the world of Meghan, Puck, Ash and friends and through the POV of Ash this time.
I honestly loved everything there was to love about this book. Ash's struggles, his pain, his heartache, his loss, his love, his insight, his compassion, his forgiveness, his understanding, his conscience, his strength....I could go on all day.
Did I mention the other characters as well? We get to see some familiar old faces, Grim, The Big Bad Wolf (yay!) and some new ones as well, each memorable and awesome in only the way Kagawa can create.
I loved Ash's journey throughout this book with Puck and Grim by his side. I love that we get the ending we so longed for in The Iron Queen although maybe not quite what we all expected.
I am looking forward to the spin off series featuring Ethan (Meghan's brother) and what Kagawa creates next to enchant us with.
All in all this was a fabulous read giving us a chance to glimpse inside the mind and heart of the Ice Prince.