Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Review: "The Iron Knight" by Julie Kagawa

Received via: ARC - Netgalley
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: October 25th, 2011

The Scoop:  (Goodreads)
My name—my True Name—is Ashallayn'darkmyr Tallyn.
I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her.
My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…

My Take:

It's entirely possible (although improbable) that you may have never heard of Julie Kagawa's immensely successful Iron Fey series. Kagawa originally planned the series to be a trilogy, (The Iron Daughter, The Iron King and The Iron Queen), however, she felt she might need to give the heroine and hero (Meghan and Ash) more closure. Kagawa partially attributes her decision to write and publish The Iron Knight to the ardent members of Team Ash (of which there are many, although I wasn't one of them **Go Puck!** ...until I read this book...)

Sidenote regarding my membership to Team Puck: IMHO - Puck is clever, fun, resourceful, hilarious, loving and Meghan's best friend. Ash was cold, distant, deadly, humorless, sometimes heartless and usually driving Meghan away (in the beginning of the series). Therefore, I wanted to root for the fun underdog as opposed to the broody hero (this never works out for me...see my laminated card proving my membership to Team Jacob...)

You might have made for a boring novel if you had won Bella's heart, but at least you wouldn't have killed her with your demon-spawn

Which brings us to The Iron Knight. You are now aware of my opinion of Ash going in and let me be the first to admit, Kagawa changed my tune. The Iron Knight tells the thrilling tale of Ash's quest to fulfill his promise to be with and protect Meghan. He and his cohorts fight numerous scary monsters, traverse nearly impossible terrains and enjoy (sometimes) many adventures in their need to reach The End of the World.

The ending of the book is touching and ultimately changed my mind forever about which team I was on (Go Ash!). Although, I do love Puck and wish he would find happiness in love, too.

"Hello, are such a good boy. You just need to find a nice girl and settle down...."

The Iron Knight also contains several added features, including: A Survival Guide to Nevernever (funny), A Q&A with Julie Kagawa, Plus a Few Unexpected Guests (hello Puck and Ash) and an excerpt from book 1 of Kagawa's new series Blood of Eden: The Immortal Rules due out in April 2012 (love it already - zombie-like Rabids, vamps and a sassy heroine? Count me in!)

Final Verdict:


  1. What a great review. I didn't have the chapter 1 for the new series. Can't wait to read that.

  2. So many people have loved this one - typically I don't like Farie stuff but it does look good...I will have to check it out.



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