Release Date: November 1st 2011
Series: The Iron Fey #4
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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…
To cold 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 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. And along the way Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.Don't miss the first book in Julie Kagawa's highly anticipated new series, TALON, AVAILABLE OCTOBER 28, 2014
First of all, I’m so glad THE IRON QUEEN wasn’t the end of Meghan’s story because Meghan – Ash = Breakdown. I am so emotionally invested in these characters because they’re just so lovable! Their flaws, quirks, relationships will take you on a roller-coaster, and you’ll be feeling every up and down just like Meghan and Ash do in the story. It’s written that well. Officially love anything Julie Kagawa writes now. By default.
If you read SUMMER’S CROSSING, this novel picks right up where it left off. Puck and Ash teaming up to get the immortal ice prince a soul. Their first task of many is to find our all time favorite cat, Grimalkin.
I was a little worried when I first picked this up because it was in Ash’s POV, and I had gotten so used to Meghan’s. It was written differently enough so I had no problems distinguishing them, Ash’s POV really seemed like Ash’s POV.
I loved the addition of the Big Bad Wolf, he added a much needed personality to the party. Of course, I like pretty much any character in the Iron Fey series so… Anyway, I loved the bickering and history shown between Grimalkin and the Wolf because they are indeed cat and dog.
The trials Ash had to go through were perfect, I was a bit doubtful they would be cheesy or too simple, but I couldn’t have thought of better ones myself even if I thought about it for a million years. They also made me think, as a human, what is means to be human. You could almost feel how Ash was suffering, discovering how different a body with a soul was compared to his immortal fey body.
I was freaking out when I read about Ash’s last trial-a vision of his future if he did indeed pass. Him growing old and eventually dying alone, being powerless. I was so glad when the Guardian told him he’s “something else” and then we discovered he had a bit of magic left in him and wasn’t going to grow old. Phew!
The very end with Grimalkin was beautiful and bittersweet, “I am happy that you have finally found peace.”