Published October 25th, 2011 by Harlequin TEEN
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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.
WARNING: Spoilers abound.
Seriously. If you haven't read The Iron Knight and you plan to, don't read this review. It will ruin the entire thing for you. I've never posted a review like this before, but this has been out for awhile, so I figure I'm relatively safe.
The Iron Fey is one of my favorite series. I don't care what anyone says - it always has been. But The Iron Knight . . . I don't even know how I feel about it. Reading things from Ash's POV was amazing, just as I expected. And I loved Puck, and I loved everything they had to go through to make sure Ash got his soul, and I love the way Kagawa portrayed Faery, (or the Nevernever, as it's often called in this series) but Kagawa did something I can't stand.
She basically turned this book into a love triangle. I know that's okay with some people. And I know some people will claim there was already a love triangle between Puck/Meghan/Ash, but I never really saw that as a real love triangle because I always thought it was fairly obvious Meghan would end up with Ash. But in The Iron Knight, with Ariella in the picture . . . Urgh. URGLES. This series has always been so awesome, but then this love triangle just suddenly pops up in the last book.
Most of the time, it felt like Ash wasn't on this journey to be with Meghan. He was just on it because he made a vow, and that vow can't be broken. That angered me to no end. He's determined to get a soul, and then suddenly BAM. Ariella is back and it's like he doesn't even care about Meghan anymore.
And Ariella . . . I can't figure her out. She's one of the most selfless people in the series, but she's also one of the most selfish.
I wish we could have seen more of Kierran. I know Julie Kagawa is doing a spin-off of Ethan's story, but I hope Kierran is involved in that somehow.
And of course, my favorite characters were the talking animals. The banter between Grim and The Big Bad Wolf was a lot of fun to read, and I'm hoping they're somehow involved in the spin-off, too.
Overall: I can't, in good conscious, give this book a rating. There were so many parts I loved about it that make me want to give it 5 stars - Getting to see things from Ash's POV, the awesome way the Nevernever was portrayed. The plot was amazing and kept me guessing the entire time. But the way Ash acted and the sort-of love triangle makes me want to knock way too many stars off the rating - and that wouldn't be fair, because I'm so biased against love triangles these days that I can barely look past them to see the good in a book. Therefore, I refuse to give The Iron Knight.