I think it's a great sign, when I read a series and every new book in the series becomes a new favourite. This is what the Iron Fey series is like.
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…
I now have a new favourite - The Iron Knight.
The Iron Knight picks up after the Iron Queen's epilogue; it's unique in that it is written in Ash's voice as opposed to Meghan's.
Ash is on a mission to find a way find a way to live in the Iron Kingdom with Meghan. Ash's narrative never reads as mushy and emo - a trait I've often noticed in male lead characters written by females - he has a mission and he keeps to it. Of course, there are glimpses of his love for Meghan as well as his history; in short, we get to learn a lot about Ash.
I enjoyed the development of the story. Compared to the previous books, this book is more a quest than an opposition of power. We are taken into parts of Faery that we (and the characters) have not seen before. A few new characters and even minor characters take on relatively major roles.
I was pleasantly surprised with the development of Puck's and Ash's characters as well as the story of their history together. There was also a surprise twist, pretty early in the book, which I found particularly enjoyable.
Excellent character development and story. Julie Kagawa finds new ways to keep the reader engaged and the plot moving. If I wasn't before, The Iron Knight would have made me a Julie Kagawa fan.