The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

February 8, 2012 Reviews 0

Julie Kagawa is an American author, who was born in Sacramento, California. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job. Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband. She is best known for writing the Iron Fey series: The Iron King, The Iron DaughterThe Iron Queen and The Iron Knight.

    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 the cold, emotionless faery prince, 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 – half human, half fey – smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. But Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive. 

    With the (unwelcome) company of his arch-rival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cat sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a quest to find a way to honour his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side. 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. 

A book written from Ash’s point of view! The Iron Knight was an enlightening read – finally getting to see the world through Ash’s eyes was fun. He was very different from what I had expected – harsher, colder – and it helped me realise the depth of his feelings for Meghan. I also liked the growth he displayed throughout the book. He made some very hard decisions and got to know himself a lot better too. 

I feel that, ultimately, the plot of this novel wasn’t as engaging as it could have been. The urgency and importance of Ash’s quest to obtain a soul was never conveyed – I found myself skipping pages. I also think the ‘ultimate sacrifice’ Ash gave was really no sacrifice at all. The ending seemed forced, and I think the author tried too hard to make sure everyone’s personal story had a fairy floss ending. 

While it was a good conclusion to the series, I feel this book was mediocre at best. It lacked the emotional drive of The Iron Queen, and apart from the insights given to the reader in seeing through Ash’s eyes, The Iron Knight offers nothing that could not have been given in three extra chapters in The Iron Queen

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