Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Book:  The Iron Knight
Author:  Julie Kagawa
Date:  October, 2011
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
My grade:  A

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.

My Review
I don’t know how to review this book.  Don’t get me wrong here—I really, really liked this book.  What I can’t understand is how I seemed to really like it, but I couldn’t just sit and read it.  It took me a long time to finish this book.  I wonder if it is because there was a lot to absorb?  Or maybe the change in narrator threw me off?  I’m not sure.  I know that when I got to the end of the book, I had really enjoyed the ride, but the journey was not easy.

This is the book that sold me on Team Ash.  The Iron Queen made me like him a lot, but after this book, I love him.  He is just right for Megan.  And he is swoon-worthy!  The way he loves her just leaves me speechless and wishing that real men were more like faery men!  I am still solid Team Puck for myself, because I love Puck also.  He’s not the dark, brooding type either and of course, everyone knows of my ginger love!  But this book sealed the deal for me with Ash.

I loved the quest and all the things that happened on the journey.  In fact, I stand in awe of Julie Kagawa.  I’m not sure how a human mind can create this type of rich world and journey.  It was unbelievable.  Her imagination exceeds anything I’ve ever seen.

There were quite a few surprises in this book, things that I never saw coming, but things that made sense.  Of course, there were some tried and true elements as well.  Grim, for example, was his usual catty self and I adore him for that.

So, I have to figure out what grade to give this book.  I’m still not sure.  I’m going to go ahead and give it an A.  Normally, that grade means that I tore through the book at breakneck speed, reading at the most inappropriate times possible because I could not stand to put it down.  That was not this book for me.  But, when I arrived at the end, I felt complete satisfaction with the series, I still loved Puck and Grim, I finally loved Ash and all felt right in the world.  I suppose that really is worth an A, isn’t it?

Thanks to Harlequin Teen and netgalley for the review copy.

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