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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The Iron Knight Trailer Snippet!

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!

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Notable Novellas

I have recently read two novellas that were fabulous. While I don’t think a novella warrants a full review I didn’t want to not mention them either because they rocked.

“Love in my world usually ended up with someone hearing ‘I smite thee!’ as she was cursed to be some lame flower for the rest of her life.”

For three years, Alexandria has lived among mortals—pretending to be like them and trying to forget the duty she’d been trained to fulfill as a child of a mortal and a demigod. At seventeen, she’s pretty much accepted that she’s a freak by mortal standards… and that she’ll never be prepared for that duty.

According to her mother, that’s a good thing.

But as every descendant of the gods knows, Fate has a way of rearing her ugly head. A horrifying attack forces Alex to flee Miami and try to find her way back to the very place her mother had warned her she should never return—the Covenant. Every step that brings her closer to safety is one more step toward death… because she’s being hunted by the very creatures she’d once trained to kill.

The daimons have found her.

Daimon is a prequel to a new series from Jennifer L. Armentrout. I absolutely fell in love with the plot in this book. Of course if you know me at all then you know I love any sort of mythology. Daimon is actually the Greek word for demon! You can get Daimon for free right now on the publisher website. Check it out and let me know what you think.

A Midsummer’s Nightmare?

Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Summer Court prankster, King Oberon’s right hand, bane of many a faery queen’s existence—and secret friend to Prince Ash of the Winter Court. Until one girl’s death came between them, and another girl stole both their hearts.

Now Ash has granted one favor too many and someone’s come to collect, forcing the prince to a place he cannot go without Puck’s help—into the heart of the Summer Court. And Puck faces the ultimate choice—betray Ash and possibly win the girl they both love, or help his former friend turned bitter enemy pull off a deception that no true faery prankster could possibly resist.

An ebook exclusive novella from Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series.

Oh where to start. We all know I love the Iron Fey series, so very much and having this novella focusing on the voice of Puck is so heartbreaking and hilarious at the same time. We FINALLY all get to see what is going on in that mischievous head of his. Trust me you do not want to miss this. Also free for the moment on the publisher’s website.

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Iron Queen Court Blog Tour Giveaway Iron Court

More than any other, The Iron Court is feared and hated within the realm of the Fey. It is the destroyer of the Faery realm, a wasteland spreading throughout the Nevernever. The songs of the Iron Court are tinged with fear and desperation. Yet one can still find love and acceptance even among despair—though sometimes sacrifice is called for, and Happily Ever Afters are never guaranteed.

Hello and welcome to the most fabulous court of fey! You will read a lot of bad things about us. You will read that we are killing Winter and Summer, that we are evil, but hey! We are just trying to survive as well you puny humans. Let me ask you this, what are you reading this text on? A phone, a computer, a netbook some sort of digital wizardry? All of these things are gifts from the Iron Court! So swear your allegiance to our King Machina! Embrace the digital age and say hasta la vista to those old news Fey and their magical ways.

First of all if you haven’t heard of the fabulous trio of books from the talented New York Times Best Selling Author Julie Kagawa let me point you to my reviews for them:

Fans of this series were so unhappy that it was ending that the publishing company convinced Kagawa to continue with the series! Be on the lookout for The Iron Knight!

More about The Iron Queen

My name is Meghan 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 stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I’m not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.

 

 

 

 

What you are going to win!

A huge thanks to Big Honcho Media for tapping me to be a part of this tour. I love these books all three of them and I am a huge supporter of the Iron Court. I am so happy (and jealous) to announce the prize that you guys have a chance to win. No hoops to jump through here folks, just fill out the Google form Random.org will decide the winner, one week from today and I will email the winner quietly without hoopla.

A Custom Iron Fey Skinned iPod Nano!

Now the play list below features Julie’s Iron Fey music. Except for one song that wasn’t available. (Evenstar – Crouch End Festival Chorus & The City of Prague Philharmonic (from The Lord of the Rings)) Feel free to listen to the songs before winning your Nano and filling it up with all this kick ass music and more.

” Beyond the camps, a twisted forest of glimmering steel marked the entrance into the realm of the Iron King.” ~The Iron Queen

My other Iron Court Captains and rather interesting blogging cohorts are The Mundie Moms & Galleysmith. The next stop on the tour is on the 9th features a fairly delusional Summer Court Member and all around good person The Bookish Type.

Good luck my little digital gremlins!

 

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Pledge your allegiance to the Iron Court!

As you know there has been murmurings on the Twitterverse and other places for a while about the Court Blog Tour, you can visit the link and find out who reigns supreme with Iron and where those wussy little Summer and Winter supporters throw in their hats. I feel very privileged to be a part of the Iron Court because obviously that is the most superior race of fey. Each tour stop listed will have something super special to give away. So check that link and make sure you know what is up. You can also check out Grim and Meghan talking about the tour over on Julie Kagawa’s blog.

A Plea for Iron Court

Everyone always flocks to Ash and Puck and their cutesy little fey ways but no one loves Machina. As you can see above he is quite a bit hotter than even I had imagined him and since book one I have been a loyal Iron Court member. If you are getting tired of parlor tricks and icy swords you can skip on over here to the Iron Court where technology reigns supreme and we are always plugged into something.

The Iron Court hate is a bit hypocritical! Why? Because fey do not exist without humans. We in the times of old imagined the Summer and Winter Courts and therefore Ash and Puck and their brothers and sisters were born. However we live in technological times now, how can we loathe what each and every one of us reveres? We brought Machina, Iron Horse and his crew into existence so we are responsible for their creation.

How many of you are reading this on a lap top, desk top, iPod, mobile phone, tablet computer or some other wizardry of technological advancement? I say be true to yourself! Join the Iron Court for you love of everything tech and become a part of the winning team. And oh, we shall win.

Otherwise go live in Amish country and stay the heck off my gadgets! Every time you touch an Apple product a new Iron Gremlin is born.

Leave your allegiance to Machina the true Iron King in the comment field.

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