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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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: The Iron King (Iron Fae book 1) by Julie Kagawa

Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined–the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series.

Julie Kagawa is the master of the Fae. The writing style she uses is incredibly addicting. You are clinging to each page, with your heart thumping willing the protagonist into safety. This is not your modern Tinkerbell. In Kagawa’s take on the Fae, they are cruel, true horrors and Meghan Chase is thrown right into the middle of their unseemly world.

Kagawa takes the myth that when humans begin to forget the Fey they cease to exist and turned it into a new age tell of the technological world biting out their world. I was entranced with her winter and summer courts and her iron Fae as well. The descriptions were so haunting you feel that you could almost reach out and touch one of the characters.

The main and side characters are fully fleshed out and have amazing traits. You get a feel for the personality of everyone inside the book. I bow to you Julie Kagawa. If I don’t get my hands on a copy of book three soon I might cease to exist myself! Look closer to the release date for my review of book two in the Iron Fae series The Iron Daughter.

If you like Melissa Marr, Lesley Livingston, or Maggie Stiefvater then grab a copy of The Iron King a cup of tea and enjoy.

A special thank you to @Irisheyz77 from Ticket to Anywhere for pushing me to give this read a go sooner rather than later.

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