Monday, 25 July 2011
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
I can't believe it's over and such a wonderful end to the series! I'd like to thank Julie Kagawa for writing yet another astounding novel and I'd like to thank NetGalley for allowing me to read and review the ARC, for which I am very very happy about. If you haven't read the previous books stop now. If you have read the rest of the series and want to read this review, you can do so without worry; I'm not going to post spoilers!
The Iron Knight picks up after the end of The Iron Queen with Ash now desperately trying to find a way to be with Meghan, who had to banish him from the Iron Realm to save his life. Now joined by Puck, Ash starts a journey to get the one thing that will allow him to be with the woman he loves: a soul.
Wow and wow again this is a really incredible roller-coaster of a book and so worth the wait after the ending of The Iron Queen and I'm incredibly glad that this has become the end of the series instead as it offers a lot more closure for what I suspect will be most of the fans of the series.
I was surprised by some of the things that happened and I definitely had a few 'Wow' moments where the plot twists simply took me by complete surprise, but having said that I was thrilled with the turn of events because at times Ash's quest seemed completely hopeless and as a reader this made me really want him to succeed.
Some of the things that you discover about Ash are incredible too. You gain a fascinating insight into his past from when he was a cold winter prince as well as glimpses into his softer side which helped to gain a better idea of what Ash has had to deal with throughout his life and although at times you will truly hate him, you will also really feel for him.
Most of the old favourites are back too! Puck is still his usual mischievous self but we see a more serious side at times as he and Ash learn how to work with one another and I have a feeling that everyone will love those two together in this book without Meghan to intervene in their arguments all the time.
The Big Bad Wolf makes an appearance in this novel and he really is big and very very dangerous and yet oddly enough I warmed to him by the end (even if I did for a while think of the three little pigs and blowing down houses).
There's also a character appearance that will take you by complete surprise and will give all series fans a bit of a shock (I know it did with me), but without this particular character the ending that happened certainly wouldn't have. I'm sure there will be a few cry's of shock from readers when this book is officially released but ultimately I think that most of the Iron Fey fan base will be thrilled with how the series is wrapped up.
On a final note I will say that this is not just a story about Fae, romance, friendship and adventure but also a story about humanity. What does it mean to be human? Is it our frailty, our mortality, our emotions, our conscience or is it a mix all of those. If there's one thing that this book will make you wonder and try to figure out, it's that and so much more as you get lost in the pages of what is, in my opinion, easily the best book in the series.
Thank you once again to Julie for bringing is readers one of the most romantic, imaginative and captivating Faerie stories of our generation. I can't wait to read whatever she releases next.