Title: The Iron Knight - The Iron Fey #4
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: 26 October 2011
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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.
I waited forever for this book. Or it felt like that, anyways. The last book left us with Ash and Meghan’s heart clenching separation that had me tearing up and angry at the world.
In this book we follow Ash's quest to the End of the World. He wants to become human in order to be with Meghan again, the new Queen of the Iron Realm. But he has to earn a soul, and that is no easy task. Not reaching the End of the World in the first place.
Together with Puck they search for Grimalkin, what they know will be a key point if they want to succeed. Things happen, and they find themselves with two new additions to their group. And that thing alone results in a test for everyone in the group.
For the first time we get to catch a glimpse of what the Prince Ash is thinking because he is the narrator. Although I think the author could have taken more advantage and work the character more in depth. I don't know, it gave me the sensation that I didn't get to know Ash as much as I wanted. But maybe that's just me.
That didn't stop the story for being amazing, of course. Once they reach the End of the World, the trials for Ash have just began, as being a mortal is no simple thing.
This is a book that will have you on edge, that will make you laugh with Ash's seriousness, Puck's pranks and Grimalkin's sarcasm, but also cry at some point of the story. It was a very good ending to the series, which now I can say are one of my favorites. Congrats to the author for finishing the Iron Fey! I will miss the characters a lot, but I will look forward to the continuation with Meghan's brother Ethan as the main character.