Saturday, November 26, 2011

Review: The Iron Knight, by Julie Kagawa (Finally!)

Title: The Iron Knight
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pub. Date: October 25th 2011

Read the first 20 pages HERE! (plus a sneak peak at the first book of Julie Kagawa's new Blood of Eden series: The Immortal Rules

Being someone who was only introduced to Faeryland fairly recently (You can find my reviews of the other books in this series here: The Iron King | The Iron Daughter | The Iron Queen), the Nevernever was still fresh in my mind when I picked up The Iron Knight, by Julie Kagawa, and embarked on this impossible quest with Ash and Puck. Still, I cannot say I was prepared for where this journey would take us.

I knew some things would come to pass, of course. For one, we were getting a new perspective. Ash was setting out to find a way to be able to remain in the Iron Realm with the girl he loved without it killing him. It was as inevitable that he would either fail or succeed as it was that he and his companions would fall into numerous scrapes along the way.

I was happy to see Grim trailing along for this journey as well, as he's always been a constant favorite. With Ash not knowing where to start, exactly, hunting down wise, old Grimalkin was the most likely way to be pointed in the right direction. Why? Because being a cat or, rather, cait sith, seems to mean you know everything, and if you don't (which is very rare) you know how to find out.

And then there was Puck. As all good knights do, Ash needed companions to go on a great quest with. With the history that surrounds these two fey, and the fact that Puck has been around for the past three books – the last of which, while not necessarily ending with them on better terms, had them not wanting to rip each other's throats out for the time-being, which was a plus – so it only made sense that we'd see him traipsing along beside our hopeful Winter prince. Of course, with him tagging along, and we being in Ash's mind, this meant we were bound to stir up some old memories.

And boy, did we. I won't go into great detail, but a face from the past was brought in to show Ash and his motley crew (which, by this time, also included the Big Bad Wolf, who I figured I was bound to hate, based on all the usual legends, but actually turned out to be one of the more honorable characters in the series. I have a thing for honorable characters. Plus, him and Grim were hilarious together.) just how he could find what he was searching for.

And then, the five of them were off, embarking on a quest to find Ash a soul so he could become human.

I thought it was refreshing, to read this tale from Ash's point of view. I've always enjoyed hopping into the guy's (or girl's, if the main lead is a guy) mind in any given series. It adds a whole new part to the character that we would not necessarily get from the lead girl's POV. Especially when the guy is a character as reserved as Ash is with certain aspects of himself. A lot of his conflicts have always been internal, and to get to see him play them out in his own head was a treat.

One of the other things I liked (Ok, LOVED! I'm a total fan-girl for this sort of thing.) was the bromance between Ash and Puck. I've said it before (in my Iron King review, actually), and I'll say it again: I love it when characters feel the need to deny their love for each other. This goes double for bromances.  

(Especially if that bromance is anything like the one between these two lads.)

Before reading this installment of The Iron Fey series I was completely Team Ash. I can't really say that anymore (though I do still adore Ash and Meghan together), as I am officially a convert to Team Ash-and-Puck. Not in slash-y way (though there isn't necessarily anything wrong with that for those into that sort of thing), because that sort of kills the whole bromance aspect, which is what I love. 

Ash and Puck play off each other nicely. They've known each other for so long, it pretty much comes naturally. On top of that, you can tell each one cares what happens to the other one, and even between them, regardless of whether or not they were willing to admit it (especially when they were still at odds, but afterwards, too, since old habits die hard). 

Anyway, I refuse to get carried away and start ranting about all their bromantic moments. That could take forever, and we'd never get anywhere.  This review must conclude somewhere, so we'll skip specific examples.

Moving on.

I wasn't as into this story as I was with the others. For the most part (with the exception being what The Iron Knight addressed) I felt the third book, The Iron Queen, concluded The Iron Fey series nicely. And it was a conclusion. It was the end of Meghan's tale, or what we followed of it, anyway. 

Don't get me wrong, I loved The Iron Knight for what it was: An epic tale of a Fey searching for a way to earn a soul and become human. In that respect, it was fantastic. However, as a part of the whole, a part of the series, I just wasn't feeling it. 

It was a necessary addition, for those of us who could not stand how we were left hanging on the romance end in The Iron Queen, and I think those who have read the rest of the series should definitely read this one. Still, I think it's semi-disconnectedness dulls The Iron Knight in comparison to the rest of the story. My rating for this book is 4.3 Crazy Hearts. 

The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, #4)

1 comment:

  1. Would you believe I've still not read any of the Iron Fey books? I've FINALLY reserved them from the library.

    So glad you liked this one... it *IS* the final in the series, right?


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