The Iron Knight
by Julie Kagawa
5/5 Starry Eyes
First, a quick summary from Goodreads:
"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."
First, I'd like to start off this review with a possible spoiler. BUT IT WILL ONLY BE IN THIS PARAGRAPH.... SOMETHING DRASTIC HAS HAPPENED IN THIS FINAL IRON FEY NOVEL... GRIMALKIN WAS WRONG. WHAT?! MIND. BLOWN.
Erm. Anyways. After that embarrassing fan-girl moment, in all seriousness, this book was absolutely AMAZING. I will admit, however, that in the beginning I wasn't nearly as enthralled as I was during the third part of the book. But once I began reading the third part of this book, I was on an emotional roller-coaster that refused to stop until it came to a soft and fitting stop and the end of the book. I cried at so many parts during this book, I'm having a hard time myself believing it really happened.
When I first started reading The Iron Knight, I was a little weary that we would just get another POV from Meghan... But we would be following Ash instead. But that wasn't the case AT ALL. Kagawa was very successful at giving Ash his own voice in this series, and I was amazed and enchanted by the change that occurred throughout the novel. Starting off as a cold, detached and flippant voice that we all know and love, Ashes voice evolved into a much more lovable and reachable character, all while still being himself. If that makes any sense.
All in all, I really loved this book, probably more so than the Iron Queen and I if you're sitting there, reading this and debating if you should bother to go out and buy the book... Do it for Grim. Because their is nothing better than a cat.
Ps; I loved the ending Kagawa gave Grim. Makes him all the more awesome in my eyes!