The Iron Knight
by Julie Kagawa (website, twitter)
The Iron Fey Saga Book 4
Genre: YA fantasy
copy received from publisher via NetGalley
Publication: October 25th by HarlequinTEEN
amazon (paperback, Kindle)
synopsis from 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…
She did it again! Julie Kagawa never disappoints and she again delivers and epic and fantastic tale in the Iron Fey series. I admit I was afraid reading this book, I was scared I wouldn’t get the closure I was hoping for and I simply didn’t want it to end. But I should have trusted Julie more.
The Iron Knight was everything I hoped for and then some more. The ending of The Iron Queen was shocking and set me in a dark place after finishing it. It was a bitter sweet ending that couldn’t satisfy a reader that loves a HEA.
In the Iron Knight Ash tries to fulfill his promise to find a way to be together with Meghan. This sends him to a journey where he has to face everything he has ever done and happenings from his past that he would rather forget than face. But, he’s not alone and he has very interesting traveling partners.
Of course, Puck and Grim follow and help him, but there will be two more ver surprising companions about which I will keep quite. 😉 One of them was so very unexpected that I had to gasp when I reached that point and I couldn’t believe what was happening! Also, this made me very very sad, confused and genuinely afraid of what that will mean for Ash and Meghan…..
The journey is very dark and Ash is his usual very brooding self – but we still have Puck who never ever disappoints in lightening the mood. But here, we also see a more thoughtful Puck which I loved very much! It was a heartbreaking and very tough journey for everyone including the reader. Especially fans from Ash will have to face his darker site and have to decide how deep their love is at the end. I can tell, I am still so very much in love with him – truthfully, even more now after reading his story!
As per usual in Julie’s books, I cried like a baby especially at the end. Tears were falling down my cheek and I was sobbing. Not because it was so sad, mainly because it was so very touching and beautiful and everything I have ever wished for. (… tearing up again right now..) This was a very emotional ride, but the end made up for everything I had to endure. I read the last pages a few times, it was simply so perfect! Julie knows how to trigger emotions and that is what I adore most when reading her books!
I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I love the characters and world Julie has created. It makes me happy to know that we will get two new series from Julie next year, one of them set in the Iron Fey world. I’m glad I don’t have to say good bye forever…