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The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

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Published October 26th 2011 by Harlequin TEEN
series: Iron Fey #4
characters: Bad Wolf, Meghan Chase, Puck, Grimalkin, Ash

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 love this series, I am known to be a sucker for faery stories….and this series not only has the Summer Fey and the Winter Fey, but also the Iron Fey which have been created because of the human use of technology which is becoming greater and also because there are less humans believing in faery tales. The Fey can only stay alive while humans believe in them. But I digress. The Iron Knight, is the final book in the series and for the first time, we get a book told from the point of view of Ash, a winter prince, an iron knight and a boy in love. I was hanging out for this book so much, because I truly loved Ash in the first three books. I loved his interactions with Puck (well known Robin Goodfellow), I loved his ice cold emotions that warmed for Meghan and I loved watching their relationship develop. Meghan does not really have a voice in The Iron Knight until the very end and I found that I missed her. In saying that though, the action and adventure throughout the story was fabulous. The journey is long and hard with the objective of Ash becoming mortal and getting a soul. Both Ash and Puck battling away to get to the ends of the earth, reminded me a bit of Labyrinth. With the help of Grimalkin, a regular in the series and also Big Bad Wolf (who I have a special place in my heart for) Ash and Puck have a variety of helpers on their journey. There is also another secret, special helper who I was in two minds about…didn’t particularly warm to this character! There were many fight scenes, lots of witty conversation, self reflection by Ash and a little bit of swoon.
This book was a great way to end the series and I can easily say that the Iron Fey is one of the best series that I have read this year.

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Earlier this year I entered a reading challenge on GoodReads, to read 150 book in 2011.  And I did it!  I am up to 161 books, and I still have 4 days left!  If you want to have a look at the books I have read in 2011 – here you go:


  Goodreads – books read in 2011




And out of those, I am going to pick some of my faves….. on second thoughts, Even if I did just pick some of my faves then I would still have a list of about 70 books so it would be better if you just checked out the whole list from the link above!  I will limit myself to five six GREAT books (and three of them are Aussie authors!) that I read in 2011:


Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater

Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Blood Song by Rhiannon Hart

*sighs* now I want to read them all again!!

Special mentions also go to Where She Went by Gayle Forman, You Against Me by Jenny Downham, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and also have to mention some great series that I have read this year:

Mortal instruments by Cassandra Clare

Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa

The Violet Eden Chapters by Jessica Shirvington

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

oh …. i love books…

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