Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

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 line: "Oy, ice-boy! You sure you know where you're going?" 

Another WOW book! (Look at the front AND back covers! Ash and Puck. Gotta love it.)
The Iron Knight is probably one of my favorite reads this year.
And it might be my favorite book in the series. I want to go back and read the whole series again. (I haven't reread a whole series since Twilight.) I couldn't put it down (or shut it off my iPhone).

The Iron Knight is told from Ash's point of view with twists, turns and obstacles on his way to claiming a soul for himself so he can be with the woman he promised his life to.

Every part of Ash's trip made him better, strengthened him and helped him get closer to his goal to be with Meghan Chase, the Iron Queen.

I loved the Testing Grounds the best.

Along Ash's journey is the ever present Puck, who loves Meghan too. A few surprises in the shape of fellow travelers/helpers show up as well and each must make hard decisions and overcome weaknesses. Even Grimalkin!

The Iron Knight taught the importance of atoning for past mistakes, keeping stories alive and the strength of love.

Thanks to Net Galley, Harlequin Teen and Julie Kagawa for a wonderfully amazing journey.

Rating: PG 13

V: a little. intense scenes

S: mention

L: a couple

Want to buy it? Yes you do!

The Iron Knight (Harlequin Teen) 

25% test:
Sorry. I can't do it without giving away part of the story. I tried but I just can't. You'll have to read the book!!

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