From Hicklebee’s: 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…
This is the fourth book in the Iron Fey Series by New York Times Bestselling author Julie Kagawa. I have been a fan of this series from book one. I never have any complaints and my reviews border on inane gushing and keyboard gnashing fun.
The previous three books have been told from Meghan’s point of view, and I have always loved her as a character and a narrator. This book was told by Ash, or as I like to call him, His Royal Iciness. Ash has always been an amazingly intriguing character. Fans of the series have always swooned by his mere entrance to the page.
I was a bit unsure how changing narrators would work for me, I had read Summer’s Crossing the e-novella in between book three and this one and thought Kagawa commanded Puck’s character in a very interesting way. We were able, for the first time, to see inside of his zany head and know the pain he carried around with him daily. The same can be said for The Iron Knight.
You see, we have only known about Ash what Meghan knows about Ash, reading The Iron Knight was an amazing explosion of wintery goodness and while I have never swooned over Ash, I was oh, so very close.
Kagawa masterfully weaved depth into a character that I was sure I knew inside and out. I loved every minute of watching Ash do whatever it took to be with Meghan in the Iron Realm. Even if it killed him, life without her wasn’t worth living anyway.
Sprawling across 400 pages of fantasy the reader becomes so entranced by the story of Ash and his rag tag group of misfits it is easy to forget, or to want to step back into the real world.
Its not often that I wear my fan hat, but Julie Kagawa, after four five star books, I am a fan. If you haven’t read this series please get on that right now, or I will send Grim after you. I mean it folks this book has it all, including the Big Bad Wolf, yes that Big Bad Wolf. The better to eat you with, my dear.
Also tomorrow on Twitter the 24th at 10 PM EST we are having an Iron Knight party. Be there or be square. Just use the hashtag #IRONKNIGHTPARTY to play along and win some fun stuff. In the spirit of winning fun stuff, one lucky comment here will win a choice of Julie’s books. Contest is open until the Twitter party starts.
While you are here why not check out my reviews of the previous three books?
Oh and just in case you missed the news, we are getting a vampire book from Julie in 2012, before the scheduled end of the earth and everything!
I am so excited to bring to you a teaser trailer from Julie Kagawa’s Iron Knight the fourth book in the Iron Fey Series. What’s different about this book is instead of our usual protaganist, we get the story straight from the Prince Ash, His Royal Icyness. This teaser of the trailer has me super excited to buy and read the book! Viva la Iron Fey!
From Goodreads: Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.
First I would like to start with a few nonsensical words: zOMG, bang, pow, woohoo, and finally yay.
Wildefire is gripping, action filled and a great book for girls and boys alike. While the boys will cling to the action bits that keep you on-the-edge-of-your-seat, the girls will love the inner struggle that Ash is dealing with and all of the drama.
The book has all of my favorite things, boarding schools, gods, and smores. The writing is on the whole great and the plot unfolds at a fantastic pace. While the setting is fantastical the book has a contemporary feel that I completely adored.
Ash and Eve’s story is tragic at best, of course all of the godlings had their share of bad luck before they were brought together. In this novel there is depth, death, and mayhem. Honestly it’s the perfect beach read for those who are adventurous enough to dive into the ocean where there are living things ready to bite/eat/claw/attach to you.
The release date is July 26th so mark it on your calendars adventure seekers and get ready for a wild fiery ride.
April 13th and 14th at 9pm EST are going to be chalk full of YA authors, prizes and general pandaemonium as only the YA YA YA’s can induce. Your three blogging partners Mundie Moms, Novel Novice and myself will be spotlighting six authors each for six days so you can really get to know the awesome folk you will be chatting with.
From Malinda’s Bio:
Malinda Lo was born in China and moved to the United States as a child. Ash, her first novel, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Lambda Literary Award for Children’s/Young Adult, and was a Kirkus 2009 Best Book for Children and Teens. Formerly, she was an entertainment reporter, and was awarded the 2006 Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Journalism by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and has master’s degrees from Harvard and Stanford Universities. She now lives in Northern California with her partner and their dog.
What Bookalicious Has to Say:
I read Ash last year. I saw it on a library shelf and had heard some murmuring around the blogosphere and decided to pick up the book. I was enraptured with the world building, there is nothing I love more than a fantastic take on a fairy tale. Malinda’s books are so very important because they are mainstream and feature gay protagonists. As someone who is straight but incredibly open minded I had no clue how I would react to the relationship in the book. I am pleased to say I fell in love with the Huntress as Ash does. Their love story and the building of it was such a believable part of this fantasy novel and more beautiful than most of the instalove stories I am reading of late. Book two The Huntress is out now and I suggest reading this series whole heartedly.
Check out Diversity in YA a project Malinda spearheads with Cindy Pon.
Have you read any Malinda Lo books? Have questions but can’t make it to the chat? I’ll ask them just post in the comments!
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From Goodreads: My name is Meaghan Chase.
I thought it was over.That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who’s sworn to stay by my side. Drag me into the core of a conflict so powerful, I’m not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.
This is the third book I have read and reviewed by Julie Kagawa. I recently learned that this series is continuing and I couldn’t be happier. With every book I read I am more entranced by the world that Kagawa has weaved with her unique look at technology and her stunning use of Fey lore.
Kagawa is a masterful story teller and I am so happy to have found her series. Meaghan has grown so much since the first book and I feel as I have watched her grow up and into the kind of heroine that deserves to win the fight and the boy. In this latest installment of the Iron Fey series all is decided but not without friendship, love and sacrifice.
Meaghan realizes that it might just be that even though her and Prince Ash are exiled from the Nevernever she still may never be able to go home to her human family. The False King is hunting Meaghan down, he wants what he believes she stole from him, the Iron Glamor, the power of The Iron King Machina that Meaghan battled and killed with the wooden arrow and her Summer magic.
I can’t go into very much detail without ruining the plot of the story so just rest assured fans of the Iron Fey series that you will be once again blown away by Kagawa’s plot and torn into a million pieces by Puck and Ash. Each book in this series continually shapes the characters and is even more impressive than it’s predecessor.
I am waiting on tenterhooks for the next book titled The Iron Knight and all Goodreads has as information on the book is two words “Ash’s story.”, and a release date of 2011.
If you enjoy Faerie lore or fantasy at all and haven’t picked up the first book in this series The Iron King, or the second The Iron Daughter do so now you will not be disappointed!
Bookalicio.us review of The Iron King and The Iron Daughter. Just like the content inside the books each cover for this series is continually more visually pleasing. I cannot wait to see the cover of The Iron Knight!
FTC Disclosure: I downloaded an egalley of this book from Netgalley.