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Book Review: The Iron Knight (The Iron Fey #4) by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
The Iron Fey #4
Young Adult | Fantasy | Romance
Published by Harlequin Teen on October 26, 2011

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…

To cold 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 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. And along the way Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

NOTE: This is the fourth book in a series. There will be spoilers for the first three books.

I wish The Iron Queen was the last book in the series. Although The Iron Knight wasn’t bad and I did happen to enjoy parts of it, that’s all that I enjoyed–parts of it. I didn’t enjoy the entire book, which I wanted to so badly.

The Iron Knight is in Ash’s point of view, and it starts off right where The Iron Queen left off. Ash is searching for a soul so he can go into the Iron Realm to be with Meghan. If you’ve read my review for The Iron Queen, then you’d know that I’m on Ash’s side now. Before you freak out, yes, I was on Ash’s side for this book. I don’t know how to explain it other than this book was boring.

The majority of this book is a gigantic filler. It would’ve made a better novella, in my opinion, not mentioning the weird point of view switch at the end of the series. The only reason I didn’t completely write this book off as one that was alright is Puck and Ash’s friendship. I ship them. They are awesome together.

Oh, yes. And Grim and the Wolf. Those two jokers.

In all honesty, I feel like this book was irrelevant. I get that Ash and Meghan needed a happy ending, but I was totally okay with the ending of The Iron Queen. Ash and Meghan knew that they couldn’t see each other because of the lack of Ash’s soul. There was closure, and as a reader, I knew very well that those two just couldn’t catch a break. I was okay with that.

I don’t have much to say about this book, and for that I’m sorry, but The Iron Knight just didn’t do it for me. It wasn’t terrible, because I did enjoy the dialog and how it turned out in the end, but pace-wise and relevance-wise, I don’t think The Iron Knight was a needed addition.

If you’re not completely dead set on this series and immersing yourself into Faery, I’d suggest skipping this.

(NOTE: I haven’t read the spin-off series, therefore I’m not sure if reading The Iron Knight is imperative if you would like to read The Call of the Forgotten. I’m assuming you do.)

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