Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

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?

The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, and The Iron Queen.

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!

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Review: The Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black

From the back of the ARC:

Poisonous girls whose kisses will kill. A fateful eating contest with the devil. Faeries who return to Ironside, searching for love. A junior prom turned bacchanalia. In twelve short stories, eerie and brimming with suspense and unexpected humor, Holly Black twists the fantastical creatures you thought you knew in ways you’ll never expect.

It has been a while since I read something from Holly Black and now it seems my shelves are brimming. I have White Cat, Red Glove and I just finished Poison Eaters. It is so easy to shift back into Black’s unusual quirky writings and I loved Poison Eaters. These stories featured some of my favorite characters from Black’s cannon such as Roiben! Other stories I haven’t seen before such as Coldtown and The Dog King. I have been in the middle of a huge reading slump for a few weeks but Black’s short story collection pulled me back from the abyss. I will quickly go through each of the twelve stories in a few sentences.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

I loved this story, Coldtown is exactly the kind of place I do not want near and this story puts the scary back in vampire lore. It’s not Edward waiting for you on the other side doll, it’s a kick ass vamp who will lie to you this way and that for your blood.

A Reversal of Fortune

Oh how I wouldn’t love to have an eating contest with the devil, however I am almost positive that I wouldn’t have the luck or ingenuity of Nikki. Little Boo, I loved you!

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

This story reminds me to not take everything I read in books seriously and sometimes a great curiosity is better left alone rather than investigated.

The Night Market

Easily one of my favorites in this book, and it is darn hard to pick a favorite. I loved the fae in this story and I loved Black’s vivid descriptions of the night market.

The Dog King

Take it from me kiddies this is not the one to read right before bed. It is super scary stuff and fantastically filled with lore. By far my most favorite of this collection.

Virgin

This one reminded me that Black has a mind that rivals that of Gaiman and King. She bleeds humor with disturbing scenes and pulls you back for more. I love this Unicorn story.

In Vodka Veritas

Easily a laugh a minute I loved this one so much. The latin team decides they are sick of being losers and casts a spell on all that would be at prom to have a orgy fest and take pictures to blackmail those affected with later.

The Coat of Stars

What would you do if you found out your one true love didn’t really die, but had been captured into a faerie circle and has been dancing the past ten years? Why get him back of course! But how?

Paper Cuts Scissors

Imagine you had the ability to put yourself in a book, or take characters out and let them mingle with one another. Another of my favorites.

Going Ironside

Another of my favorites. There is only one girl and we are thinking her thoughts, all she wants is her little elf baby. How she gets it is what is killing her.

The Land of Heart’s Desire

Oh Roiben I still love you! You are still the sort of evil boy that would scare the hell out of me and I would want to try to save from himself. Great to see some old friends again.

The Poison Eaters

The last in this short story collection and a doozy. A king is remembering a night not long ago when he lost his love.

Why Teens Will Love It:

The stories are short and fun and easily devoured during homework breaks or study hall. Black’s stories are so different from the other it is like finishing twelve books at once!

Why Adults Will Love It:

Black’s work focuses on the teens here in these stories but is easily devoured by adults. The wit and dark humor Holly displays will keep us craving more of her writings for many a moon to come.

FTC Disclosure: I got this at a conference.

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Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

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.

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Review: Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, Dana decides she’s had it with being her mother’s keeper, so she packs her bags and heads to stay with her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn’t just an ordinary teenage girl—she’s a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.

Soon, she finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone’s trying to kill her, and everyone wants something from her, even her newfound friends and family. Suddenly, life with her alcoholic mom doesn’t sound half bad, and Dana would do anything to escape Avalon and get back home. Too bad both her friends and her enemies alike are determined not to let her go . .

Doesn’t that synopsis sound magical, dark and immensely interesting? Don’t buy into it. Glimmerglass by Jenna Black is a void of wasted potential. There are many reasons I truly disliked this book, it’s not often anymore that I cull something that isn’t perfect for me. This year we have seen a rise of five star reviews on my site.

Dana is bitter and nasty at age sixteen. Her Mom is an alcoholic of the worst kind. The kind who show up at your school drunk and try to network, but Dana is a bit more than bitter. The Mom-hate is a theme through-out the book and it keeps this ever negative vibe that wears you out while reading. I don’t know how many times Dana mentions she paid the bills, balanced the check book and so on and so forth.

I so loved that the fae were out and about in this book. Humans knew about them and could go to Avalon on vacation. Avalon had broken with the realm of Faerie and you even had to do immigration to get in. There was so much potential here I could feel it in my bones but in the end it was poorly executed. I wanted more dark less snark, more fun less negativity from my main character. The side characters were so one dimensional that I could predict their reactions to the tiniest thing.

If you liked Wings give Glimmerglass a go, that in itself is a statement.

FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this book from Debbie’s World of Books and I found two dollars in it WIN! Okay I’ll probably give it back to Deb…

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Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Goodreads:
Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the …more Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron Fey, iron-bound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her. Worse, Meghan’s own fey powers have been cut off. She’s alone in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can’t help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

You are going to hear me say words that I have never said on this blog and in all probability never say again: “The second book was better than the first”. Yes that’s right folks you heard me correctly. I loved The Iron Daughter in so many ways. You were able to glean much more insight into the characters and even find out some dirt on the Puck / Ash situation. The Iron Fey are back and with a vengeance and the Iron Horse (Team Iron Horse FTW) is awesome as always.

Meghan grows up quite a bit and turns into quite the little kick-ass vixen. I enjoyed seeing her transitioning from girl to older girl.

A host of new characters to whet your appetites, and scores of old characters coming back for me. Such as Grim the most awesome cat ever.

If you like Holly Black or Maggie Stiefvater you will love Julie Kagawa!

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