Monday, September 19, 2011

Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

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 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.
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.


  1. I loved this book! I think it was a great ending to an awesome series! I can't wait to read more by Julie Kagawa! I hear she's writing a series based of Ethan :) I'm excited!!

  2. @Anna, she is? I think Ethan will have a great story!

  3. Ash's journey is hard. What he needs to do, what he needs to sacrifice for Meghan is hard. There are several trials, and I held my breath several times thinking he may just walk away. That it might not be so worth it. Ash's struggle within himself is a torment in itself. He's conflicted between the past and the present and as the story progresses even more conflicted with who he is. Will Meghan still love him when all is said and done? Especially when he begins to see himself as others perceive him.