The Iron Knight (Iron Fey Series #4)

The Iron Knight (Iron Fey Series #4)

by Julie Kagawa


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From the limitless imagination of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Kagawa, The Iron Fey series continues.

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. 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.

Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive and with the unwelcome company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins 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, SHADOW OF THE FOX, AVAILABLE OCTOBER 2, 2018

“Julie Kagawa is one killer storyteller.”
MTV’s Hollywood Crush blog

The Iron King has the…enchantment, imagination and adventure of… Alice in Wonderland, Narnia and The Lord of the Rings, but with lots more romance.”
Justine magazine

“A full five-stars to Julie Kagawa’s
The Iron Daughter. If you love action, romance and watching how characters mature through heart-wrenching trials, you will love this story as much as I do.”
—Mundie Moms blog

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373210367
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Series: Iron Fey Series , #4
Edition description: Original
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 128,471
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.26(h) x 1.08(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate.

Julie now lives is Louisville, KY with her husband and furkids. She is the international and NYT bestselling author of The Iron Fey series. Visit her at

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"Oy, ice-boy! You sure you know where you're going?"

I ignored Robin Goodfellow as we wove through the gray murk of the wyldwood, pushing farther into the soggy swamp known as the Bone Marsh. Mud sucked at my footsteps, and water dripped from twisted green trees so covered in moss they appeared sheathed in slime. Mist coiled around the exposed roots or pooled in sunken areas, hiding what lay beneath, and every so often there was a splash in the still waters farther out, reminding us that we were not alone. As its name suggested, bones were scattered throughout the marsh, jutting out of the mud, half-hidden in tangles of weeds or shimmering beneath the surface of the water, bleached and white. This was a dangerous part of the wyldwood, more so than most—not because of the catoblepas and the jabberwocks and other monsters that called the dark swamp their home, but because of the resident who lived somewhere deep within the marsh.

The one we were going to see.

Something flew past my head from behind, barely missing me, and spattered against a trunk a few feet away. Stopping beneath the tree, I turned and glared at my companion, silently daring him to do that again.

"Oh, hey, it lives!" Robin Goodfellow threw up his muddy hands in mock celebration. "I was afraid it had become a zombie or something." He crossed his arms and smirked at me, mud streaking his red hair and speckling his pointed face. "Did you hear me, ice-boy? I've been yelling at you for some time now."

"Yes," I said, repressing a sigh. "I heard you. I think the jabberwocks on the other side of the swamp heard you."

"Oh, good! Maybe if we fight a couple you'll start paying attention to me!" Puck matched my glare before gesturing around at the swamp. "This is crazy," he exclaimed. "How do we even know he's here? The Bone Marsh isn't exactly on my list of favorite vacation getaways, prince. You sure your contact knew what he was talking about? If this turns out to be another false lead I might turn that phouka into a pair of gloves."

"I thought you wanted an adventure," I said, just to annoy him. Puck snorted.

"Oh sure, don't get me wrong. I'm all for tromping to all five corners of the Nevernever, getting chased by angry Summer Queens, sneaking into an ogre's basement, fighting giant spiders, playing hide-and-seek with a cranky dragon—good times." He shook his head, and his eyes gleamed, reliving fond memories. "But this is like the sixth place we've come to look for that wretched cat, and if he isn't here I'm almost afraid of where we're going next."

"You don't have to be here," I told him. "Leave if you want. I'm not stopping you."

"Nice try, prince." Puck crossed his arms and smiled. "But you're not getting rid of me that easily."

"Then let's keep moving." It was getting dark, and his constant chattering was getting on my nerves. Joking aside, I did not want to attract the attention of a hungry jabberwock and have to fight it in the middle of the swamp.

"Oh, fine," Puck sighed, tromping along behind me. "But if he's not here, I refuse to go to the Spider Queen's palace with you, ice-boy. That's where I draw the line."

My name, my full, True Name, is Ashallayn'darkmyr Tallyn, and I am the last son of the Unseelie Court.

There were three of us at one time, all princes of Winter, myself and my brothers, Sage and Rowan. I never knew my sire, never cared to know him, nor did my siblings ever speak of him. I wasn't even positive we shared the same sire, but it didn't matter. In the Unseelie Court, Mab was the sole ruler, the one and only queen. Handsome fey and even wayward mortals she might take to her bed, but Mab shared her throne with no one.

We were never close, my brothers and I. As princes of Winter, we grew up in a world of violence and dark politics. Our queen encouraged this, favoring the son who earned her good graces while punishing the others. We used each other, played vicious games against one another, but we were all loyal to our court and our queen. Or so I'd thought.

There is a reason the Winter Court freezes out their emotions, why feelings are considered a weakness and a folly among the Unseelie fey. Emotion corrupts the senses, makes them weak, makes them disloyal to kith and court. Jealousy was a dark, dangerous passion that ate at my brother Rowan until he did the unthinkable and turned on his court, betraying us to our enemies. Sage, my eldest sibling, fell to Rowan's treachery, and he was only the first. In a bid for power, Rowan sided with our greatest enemies, the Iron fey, helping their king nearly destroy the Nevernever. I killed Rowan in the end, avenging Sage and the rest of my kin, but retribution cannot bring either of them back. It's only me now. I am the last, the only remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court.

And I'm already dead to her.

Rowan was not the only one to succumb to emotion and passion. My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl. A girl named Meghan Chase, the half-human daughter of our ancient rival, the Summer King. Fate brought us together, and despite everything I did to shield my emotions, despite the laws of our people and the war with the Iron fey and the threat of eternal banishment from my home, I still found myself falling for her. Our paths were woven together, our fates intertwined, and before the last battle I swore I would follow her to the end of the world, to protect her from all threats, including my own kin, and to die for her if called to do so. I became her knight, and would have gladly served this girl, this mortal who had captured my heart, until the last breath left my body.

But Fate is a cruel mistress, and in the end, our paths were forced apart, as I'd feared they would be. Meghan became the Iron Queen, as was her destiny, and took the throne in the kingdom of the Iron fey. A place I could not follow, not as I am—a faery creature whose essence weakens and burns at the touch of iron. Meghan herself exiled me from the lands of the Iron fey, knowing that staying would kill me, knowing I would try anyway. But before I left, I swore an oath that I would find a way to return, that someday we would be together, and nothing would separate us again. Mab tried to convince me to return to the Winter Court—I was her only prince now, and it was my duty to come home—but I bluntly stated that I was no longer part of the Unseelie Court, that my service to her and Winter was at an end.

There is nothing more terrible than a spurned faery queen, particularly if you defy her a second time. I escaped the Winter Court with my life intact, but just barely, and I won't be returning anytime soon. Regardless, I feel little regret at turning my back on my queen, my kith and my home. That part of my life is done. My loyalty—and my heart—belongs to another queen now.

I promised I'd find a way for us to be together. I intend to keep that promise. Even if it means trekking through a sprawling, deadly marsh in search of a rumor. Even if it means putting up with my fiercest and most annoying rival, Robin Goodfellow, who—despite all his attempts to hide it—is in love with my queen as well. I don't know why I haven't killed him yet. Maybe because Puck is Meghan's closest friend, and she would mourn him terribly if he were gone (though I can't understand why). Or, maybe, deep down, I'm tired of being alone.

In any case, it matters little. With every ruin we search, every dragon we slay, or every rumor we unearth, I'm one step closer to my goal. Even if it takes a hundred years, I will be with her in the end. Another piece of the puzzle lurks somewhere in this dreary swampland. The only difficulty lies in finding it.

Thankfully, despite Puck's constant griping and complaining, the jabberwocks decided not to see what the racket was about and come stalking through the marsh to find us. That was just as well, because it took nearly the whole night to find what we were looking for.

At the edge of a scummy pond stood a house, faded and gray like everything else. A picket fence made of bleached white bones surrounded it, naked skulls topping the posts, and a few scraggly chickens milled about in what passed as a yard. The hut was old and wooden, creaking faintly though there was no wind. The most unusual thing, however, wasn't the house itself, but what held it up. It stood on a pair of massive bird legs, gnarled and yellow, blunt talons digging into the mud. The legs were crouched low, as if sleeping, but every so often they shifted restlessly, causing the whole house to shudder and groan.

"We're heeeeere," Puck sang softly. "And can I say that the old gal hasn't gotten any less creepy than when I saw her last."

I narrowed my eyes at him. "Just shut up and let me do the talking this time. It was bad enough when you insulted the centaur chief."

"All I suggested was that we could've used a ride out of the meadow. I didn't mean from him"

Sighing, I opened the bone gate and crossed the weed-choked yard, scattering chickens in front of me. Before we reached the steps, however, the door creaked open and an old woman emerged from the darkened interior. Tangled white hair framed a lined, wrinkled face, and sharp black eyes peered out at us, bright and gleaming. In one gnarled hand she held a basket, in the other a butcher knife, stained with the blood of many victims.

I stopped at the foot of the stairs, wary and alert. Old as she appeared, the witch of this house was powerful and unpredictable. If Puck said something stupid or accidentally insulted her, it would be vastly annoying if we had to fight our way out.

"Well," the witch said, curling bloodless lips to smile at us. Crooked yellow teeth flashed in the light like jagged bits of bone. "What do we have here? Two handsome faery boys, come to visit a poor old woman. And if my eyes don't deceive me, that's Robin Goodfellow I see before me. The last I saw of you, you stole my broom and tied my house's legs so it fell over when we tried to catch you!"

I repressed another sigh. This wasn't starting well. I should've known Puck had already done something to earn her wrath. But at the same time, I had to fight the urge to smile, to laugh at such a ridiculous thought, the house falling on its face in the mud because the Great Prankster had tied its feet together.

I kept my expression neutral, as it was obvious the witch was not amused in the slightest. "What do you have to say for yourself, villain?" she continued, shaking her butcher knife at Puck, who ducked behind me in a pathetic attempt to hide, though I could hear him trying to muffle his laughter. "Do you know how long it took me to repair my home? And then you have the gall, the absolute gall, to leave my broom at the edge of the forest, just to prove you could take it. I've half a mind to stick you in the pot and feed you to my chickens!"

"I apologize for him," I said quickly, and those sharp black eyes suddenly turned on me. I held myself tall, unafraid but still polite, lest she lump me together with the buffoon at my back. "Excuse this intrusion, old mother," I continued formally. "I am Ash of the Unseelie Court. And I need your help, if you would hear me."

The witch blinked. "Such manners. You were not raised in a barn like that one, I see." She stabbed her knife in Puck's direction, wrinkling her long nose. "And I know who you are, son of Mab. What would you have of me? Be quick about it."

"We're looking for someone," I said. "He was rumored to be traveling through here, through the Bone Marsh. We thought you might know where he is."

"Oh?" The witch cocked her head, giving me a scrutinizing look. "And what makes you think I know where this person is?"

"Not a person," I corrected. "A cat. A cait sith. In some tales he's known as Grimalkin. And in some tales he's been rumored to keep company with a powerful witch out in the swamps, whose house stands on chicken legs in a fence made of bones."

"I see," said the witch, though her face and voice remained expressionless. "Well, I admire your tenacity, young prince. Grimalkin is not easy to find in the best of times. You must have come very far to seek him out." She peered closely at me, narrowing her eyes. "And this is not the first place you have searched. I can see it on your face. Why, I wonder? Why does he come so far? What is it that he desires so badly, to risk the ire of the Bone Witch? What is it you want, Ash of the Winter Court?"

"Would you believe the cat owes him money?" Puck's voice came from behind my shoulder, making me wince. The witch scowled at him.

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jenababy13 More than 1 year ago
What a stunning end to one of my favorite series. The Iron Knight does not only end the series beautifully, but has twists and turns you will never see coming. The Iron Knight leaves us right where The Iron Daughter ended, and this is Ash's story. He has sworn to Megan that he will find a way back to her. With the help of his old pals Puck, Grimalkin, and others, Ash seeks out a way to become Mortal so that he can be where his heart is... which is with the queen of the Iron Court aka. Megan. The journey turns out to be nothing like he imagined and in the end will sacrificing everything be worth it? Soulless banished. But never forgotten. If you've talked to me or have seen my thoughts before, you know that The Iron Fey is one of my favorite series. I love every aspect of it. At the end of The Iron Queen my heart would have been torn in two, but I knew The Iron Knight was coming out. The Iron Knight has multiple twist for readers, and parts where you will most certainly want to pull your hair out. I believe at one part, I had to re-read a sentence about ten times and then managed to yell 'YOU WITCH!' (except I used the big girl word ;)). This story has the laughs you've always loved, the suspense that keeps you turning that pages, jaw-dropping moments, morals like you cannot imagine, and all together a beautifully crafted series finale. If you haven't already fallen in love with the characters of this series, you most certainly will with this one. It is easy to say I love Ash and Puck more than ever. I am SO happy with how this story and the series ended. *Super hugs!*. Julie wrapped everything up, sealed the box tight and put a beautiful bow on top. A few final notes... The past is the past, and there is a reason that it's the past and not your present, so leave it in the past and continue your life how it is supposed to be. Next, your true friends will always be there for you and it is ALWAYS okay to ask for help when you need it. Finally, if you love something enough, if you love something so much that it is your heart and soul, there is never a sacrifice that is too great. And I leave you with this... "If I have to chase your soul to the ends of eternity, I won't stop until I find you, I promise."
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
You know those rare, beautiful books that you find where you start reading and you don't come up for air until you've turned the last page? Then, for days you are still thinking about the characters, wondering what happened to them? This is one of them. From the first paragraph I was hooked. The Iron Queen immediately draws you in and has you caring about the characters, even if you've never read the other books in the series. Meghan Chase is a half-human/half-faery teenager. Her father is the Summer King of the Faery Realm, her best friend is Puck, her mentor - a faery cat named Grim and her boyfriend, Ash, is the Winter Prince. Meghan and Ash have been exiled from the Nevernever for refusing to renounce their love for one another. Unfortunately, there is another part of the Faery Realm...the Iron Realm. Meghan has already defeated one Iron King but there is another False King that has taken his place and he has sent his Iron Fey in search of Meghan. With the Iron Fey after them there can be no peace in the human world and with the Iron Realm taking over the Faery Realm, Meghan must return to fight yet another Iron King. But will defeating him be enough? Ms. Kagawa paints a vivid picture of the Nevernever, the Iron Realm and the creatures that inhabit it. You find yourself drawn into her world and living the story. The magic in the book is a lot of fun and fits each character perfectly. The lead characters are very compelling and well developed as individuals. There are elements of the story that touch on other well-known myths or stories, such as Titania, Oberon and Puck, the trickster which makes it a lot of fun if you are familiar with these. She also adds her own fun things, like (without saying too much) the gliders. We get to see all the range of emotions that each of these characters go through and you find yourself feeling them in turn and rooting for them. I love the underlying messages of these books. The Faery Realm exists because of magic and imagination, people's beliefs in things they can't see. The Iron Realm exists because of progress and technology. But the Iron Realm is taking over the Faery Realm and if something isn't done, it may disappear. We need more magic and imagination! This book is the third in a series and is a stand alone book. Without having ever read either of the first two, you will be able to follow the plot easily and by the end you will be heading to your bookstore to find the first two. I know I did! Now I need to find out when the next book, The Iron Knight, is coming out. I'll be counting the days. Give yourself a treat and go buy this book. I guarantee you won't regret it and it will end up on your keeper shelf. Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On her agents website, she has deals for a 5,6 and 7 th book in the iron fey series along with her new series about megans brother.
KSowa More than 1 year ago
The fourth book in the Iron Fey series is told from the perspective of Ash, who has been released from his vow of knighthood by Meghan. Determined to find a way back to the iron realm, he travels to the end of the world to earn a soul and become mortal. Before I can get into this book, I have to say a few words about this entire series. I have always been cautious about the fantasy genre because it seems to easy to slip from Tolkien to the ridiculous. This series is everything that is right about a young adult fantasy series. I really think that it should be called YA crossover, because the appeal goes far beyond the teen audience. It is well written, very well researched and completely engrossing. In the first three books, we read about Meghan's journey, which is the hero's (or heroine's) journey structured so perfectly it's as if Joseph Campbell himself had conceived it. I read all four book in two days and enjoyed every word. The Iron Knight picks up after Prince Ash has been released from his vow of knighthood and leaves Meghan in the iron realm, where he cannot stay. In order to withstand the iron that will kill ordinary Fey, he must become mortal. To become mortal, he must have a soul. As with any great quest, he has his loyal frenemy, Puck, and Grim, of course. Some new and very interesting characters are added to the mix, but I won't ruin it by telling you who they are. His journey towards a soul is painful and facing mortality is harder, both physically and emotionally, than he ever imagined. As with the first three books, you are sucked into the world that Julie Kagawa has created and are very disappointed when you have to leave. The whole series earns 5 stars and I recommend it for readers of all ages.
bookholiday More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this. Very good plot, great characters. I stayed up late to finish it
LiederMadchen More than 1 year ago
This book was simply beautiful. I had not read any of the Iron Fey series until I heard about this one and then I went through the whole, wonderful series in less than a month. After the ending of The Iron Queen left me sighing I was so glad that I had this one on my computer, just waiting for me. I read it in a single afternoon, reveling in every page of heartbreaking tragedy and irrepressible joy. This is a perfect ending to a perfect series. This book is all about Ashallayn' darkmyr Tallyn, the darkly handsome, dangerous prince of the Winter Fey. Did you ever want to know more about his life before he fell in love? Or how he truly felt about Ariella and how he feels now about Meghan? I was always on Team Ash, despite Puck's devious attempts to steal my heart, and this book made me love him even more. He has done terrible things in the past, things that were hinted about before but were never fully revealed, but he overcame his ruthless nature and upbringing because of the love of two young women. In this book, he is tempted and tested in every possible way until everything he thought he was is stripped away. It was nearly painful to watch at times, but oh how wonderful were the results... The Iron Knight focuses a lot on the characters and their interactions. Puck and Ash, longtime friends and arch-enemies, have such a wonderful and complex relationship. They go from trying to kill each other to saving one another. Puck would get on anyone's last nerve and I completely understand the impulse to slice that grin off his face, so it was a lot of fun to watch the tension and, surprisingly, the trust between them. Despite everything, they know that they can count on each other completely. Meghan is only barely featured in this book, and at times it seems hopeless that Ash will ever see her again. This, combined with the surprise introduction of a new player, leads to a whole new level of emotional pain for Ash. Even with Meghan off-page, the romance in The Iron Knight is wonderful. I love the world of the Iron Fey series. The Fey are deadly and beautiful, just the way I always imagine them. No sparkly Tinkerbells here. Nothing is done for nothing and make promises at your peril. I can practically see the creatures of the wyldwood peeking through the leaves, watching for you to make a mistake. As an ending to my review, I would like to add a chuckle for the fun little interview attached to the end of the book and a virtual smack on the head for Puck because he got that song stuck in my head. I would recommend this novel to lovers of fantasy, epic romance, sacrifice and wonderful characters. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Nathiel More than 1 year ago
Okay I hated this book, actually wait only joking I loved it, the only problem with it is that's it's the last one so no more Ash, Puck, Meghan, Grim... I'm going to miss them soo much *cries* Anyway on to the review. After the third book Meghan is now the Iron Queen and in order to be able to be with her, former Prince Ash of the winter court must earn a soul, and that is not an easy quest (believe me...) acompanied by his friend/enemy Robin Goodfellow (otherwise known as Puck), Grim and other "friends" from Ash's past, they will embarck on a journey towards the end of the world (literally) And pass some really hard tests. This book was heartbreaking I was in tears by the end of it, I felt really sorry for Ash at some points, Grim as usual put the humor in every situation (where can I get a cat like that??) and seems unconcerned by anything happening around him and Puck is the best friend we all want to have (Cross that I'd rather have him as something else^^) and a thorn in the fey's side. So yes I highly reccomend this book and this series :) Some of my favorite quotes from this book: "He bared his fangs at me. “Be careful, boy. In some tales, the hero gets eaten by the monster after all .” "Stairs.” He grimaced. “I swear there must be like some secret code. All mysterious ancient temples must have a minimum of at least seven thousand steps to the front door."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't fly through this book same as I did with the other books in the series simply because I knew it was the end and it made me sad. I loved this book-it was from Ash's POV instead of Meghan's so it took a little getting used to, but there were many surprises, it was beautifully written and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truely, the best finish to a series that I have ever read. Phenominal book. If you havent read it, you havent lived!
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
THE REVIEW “My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl.” Guess who is talking? “I was Ashallayn’darkmyr Tallyn, son of Mab, former prince of the Unseelie Court, and I was not afraid of a witch on a broom.” Exactly! Our favourite ice prince, Ash. And we are lucky enough to name him our narrator, too. It is unusual that the first three books were narrated by Meghan and the 4th and last instalment in the THE IRON FEY series is told from Ash’s point of view. Nevertheless it is awesome to finally be inside his head and know what’s in his heart. Ash always felt like a withdrawn character to me with inscrutable thoughts and feelings. Now that we get to slip into his head I love him even more than before. Ash’s story is definitely one that deserves to be shown on the big screen one day! Ash is so strong on the outside, in THE IRON KNIGHT we see him as emotional and vulnerable as never before. He has to sort out his friendship with Robin Goodfellow, the feelings for his lost love Ariella that somehow still seem to be a part of his present emotional life and to find a way to be with his queen Meghan. From all four books in this series this one seems like the book which had the most powerful spell on me. Numerous references to popular fairy tales and encounters with mythical or just miraculous, creepy or strange creatures, supported by the excellent and creative writing by Julie Kagawa, fuelled my imagination and made THE IRON KNIGHT such an awesome read. As this last part of Ash and Meghan’s story is told from Ash’s perspective and his probably grandest quest is the centre of attention in THE IRON KNIGHT, we don’t really get to read about what’s happening to Meghan during that time. That fact didn’t bother me at all, because Ash’s story is probably much more exciting than hers in this part of THE IRON FEY series. Our friends Ash, Puck, Grimalkin and two other very special fellow travellers are great together. They are on a constant travel, come through so many different areas and visit numerous new cities and characters that the story never even gives you the slightest chance to rest. The settings and little adventures our group experiences were definitely to my like. I love everything about this book. The witty, funny and teasing verbal duels as the dark and dangerous obstacles a love has to overcome are what make this story such an extraordinarily grand read. THE VERDICT 5/5 ***** THE IRON KNIGHT is a magical & mythical read with glamorous and unforgettable characters around the heart-melting ice prince, cheeky Robin Goodfellow and the tough iron queen. Adventures of epic proportions and the journey to the depth of your heart await all fans of prince Ash and his friends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A absolutly stunning end the series! To my nook friends get this series! I started it wednesday and finished the series saturday i couldnt put it down! Best series ever!!!!!!!! I love you ash! The first book is the iron king read them in order or u will be hoplessly confused
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. Especially from the 2 young mens point of view. All the reads from this author have been most enjoyable and I look forward to reading more! And I'm not a young adult.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Iron Knight By: Julie Kagawa Stars: five. Review title: The Iron Knight. This book is truthfully the best Action/Fantasy/ Romance book you and me alike have ever read.  The Iron Knight is the fourth (and last) book of The Iron Fey series. Unlike the other books in this series this book is narrated by the one and only prince Ash, finally  giving readers a look into his mind.  In  this book Ash is on a quest to the end of the Nevernever, a quest to get a soul. Why would a might fey prince want to be a mere mortal you may ask. To  be with his love, Meghan the Iron Queen. Because as you may know normal fey are deadly allergic to Iron. On this mighty quest Ash is Joined by (my favorite character in the series) puck or also known as the infamous Robin Goodfellow (you may know him from shakespeare's a midsummer night’s dream) and Grimalkin a Cait Sith. Along a Seer and Even the hunter or also known as (by humans) the big bad wolf.   The main question you ask yourself throughout this action packed book is ‘Will he make it? Will Ash and meghan finally be together?’ Well that's something you'll have to find out. This book overall is one of my favorite books and definitely my favorite out of the series. This book is a page Turner for girls and boys alike, with action and romance in the perfect combo. Truthfully I love this book, and I think you might to. 
GtzLstNRding More than 1 year ago
This was a really good series. The author takes each of the main characters on a journey through Nevernever and its most horrific places. This somewhat makes the story individual but yet tied together. Puck and Meghan are the 1st book, 2 becomes Meghan and Ash, 3 brings all three main characters together. The 4th book takes Ash a a journey of self discovery to find his way back home to be with Meghan. The trials endures with his comrades is quite commendable and his determination unwavering.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing... TEAM PUCK 4EVER
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book i was so upset when the ending of the iron queen left Ash and Meghan apart so i was extreamly happy when i found this. it was an amazing book but i like Meghan's point of view better cause shes so emotinal
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Mel-Loves-Books More than 1 year ago
“I had once thought my armor invincible, that nothing could touch me… until Meghan Chase had entered my life and turned it upside down. Reckless, loyal, possessing the unyielding stubbornness of a granite cliff, she’d smashed through all the barriers I’d erected to keep her out, refusing to give up on me, until I finally had to admit defeat. It was official. I was in love. With a human.” The Iron Knight was a lovely conclusion to The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. I enjoyed going with Ash on his journey to gain a human soul so he can be with the love of his life. Its always great to see a part of the story from another main characters perspective and this entire book is from Ash’s perspective. The journey he goes on is very adventurous and the characters that join him are all interesting and fun to read about. I give this book 4 stars.
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am going to do my very best to not be spoilery in this review, but it is going to be a challenge and limits what I can talk about. We pick up in The Iron Knight with Ash looking for a way to be with Meghan always, but as a fey who cannot withstand iron in love with the Queen of the Iron Realm; it is not an easy task. Luckily, he does have Puck and Grim along with him to keep him company and they always add welcomed humor to almost any situation. The banter between these characters always keeps me laughing and is one of my favorite things about these novels. Julie writes such great sarcastic characters and makes it impossible not to laugh out loud multiple times while reading what they are up to. My favorite secondary character will always be Grim though. That cat is cryptic, mysteriously disappears every time trouble comes calling, brutally honest with everyone and ridiculously funny. While Grim is my fav, Puck is a very close second. His carefree attitude and ability to find trouble anywhere always makes for an interesting story line. One scene towards the beginning included both of these characters and reminded me of all these points."¿This is as far as I go¿Startled, we both turned to Grimalkin, sitting tightly on a patch of dry ground, watching us. ¿From here,¿ he said, regarding each of in turn, ¿you are on your own.¿¿What?¿ Puck exclaimed. ¿You mean you¿re not going to venture into the hollow of death with us? Shocking. What kind of monster do you think lives here, ice-boy? It has to be pretty nasty for Furball to flake out on us. Oh wait¿¿"So onto Ash and Meghan. We do get to see Meghan briefly and she is always on Ash¿s mind, but this story is about Ash. He is on a quest to find a way to be with Meghan, but it turns into a journey of self-discovery and more than one surprise that I did not see coming. I enjoyed seeing the world through Ash¿s eyes. All the previous books have been told from Meghan¿s point of view and Ash is not always the most forthcoming with information, so getting a whole book in his head was fantastic. He also picks up a couple other companions from his past that I thought were long gone. These characters throw a serious wrench in his plan multiple times and Julie had me constantly wandering how it was all going to turn out. The only issue I had with Ash was hit attitude at times. He was so low, which is understandable, but I am used to him being confident, and it was adjustment to see him in this state. I understand why he is this way since he is parted from the love of his life, but I was not expecting some of the thoughts that ran through him mind.I really cannot say too much else about the plot without divulging major secrets. I know that Julie was not originally planning on writing this book, but after reading The Iron Queen I am so incredibly happy that she did. The Iron Knight has given me closure and can walk away happy with how Ash and Meghan currently stand. If you are a fan of this series, than this book is an absolute must read! If you have not heard of this series, than you need to go look up The Iron King on your e-reader or go to your bookstore and pick it up. Trust me, it will be worth it.
the1butterfly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Julie Kagawa not only wrote a great story, but she really got things "right" on an intuitive level. The journey was appropriate, but most importantly, Ash's trials/ challenges were perfect. I also thought that the way that Ariella came into the story was appropriate, and the ending was on pointe. Overall a great finish. I am curious about what sort of story we'll learn about Meghan's little brother.
pandaris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's not very often when an author will devote an entire book to a character we all love so much but isn't the main character of the books that came before. So I was definitely looking forward to The Iron Knight, because I've been Team Ash from the beginning. And while all of the books are fantasy, this last one felt more in the fantasy genre than the others, which pleased me very much.First off, it was very nice finally getting to know more about Ariella. I'd always been curious about her, since she was the first to get Ash to feel love. It was kind of nice seeing things they did together. The only thing I didn't like about The Iron Knight though was that Ariella provided an out for Ash, giving him another option, one that had him wavering a few times from his quest to be reunited with Megan. I really didn't like to see him wavering, not after vows and promises he'd made without hesitation in The Iron Queen.Puck grew on me a little in this book, especially seeing the past between him and Ash even better. Grimalkan seemed a little less like himself at times, almost nice when usually he'd be gruff and calling everyone stupid. I have to say the small change was nice. And we meet the Wolf, of Big Bad Wolf fame. I like that he grew enough throughout the story to stop throwing death threats around at everyone, since they get a bit tiring after the first three or four.Since this is the last in this series, I really enjoyed a certain chapter that showed a possible future during his trials for him and Meghan. Well, most of the chapter. The end was a bit sad but the beginning and middle were fun. I would hope that a variation of that future would come for them, they deserve happiness.All in all, the first two books in this series didn't impress me, and I almost gave up on it. I'm glad I stuck through though because these last two books are definitely my favorite. Anyone on Team Ash would love this, and I think even some Team Puck people might, just because Puck is so present and we get more backstory on both characters. Definitely recommended for fantasy fans.
vampiregirl76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meghan now sits on the throne of the Iron Realm and for his own safety she has exiled Ash from her territory. With Robin Goodfellow as his companion Ash is on a quest to change - to find a way be able to be with his Queen.While I loved The Iron Queen, I was a bit disappointed with how it ended. So, to find out there was gonna be a 4th book and in Ash's point of view - I was pretty excited to read this one.Excellent read! Took me a bit to get into the world again, but I love that we got to see the story from Ash's POV. Also having Puck along for the ride was great. Funny, and ever the trickster, he had some great lines. The Iron Knight is magical, and gives the readers the perfect ending that will leave you both satisfied and intrigued. Ms. Kagawa's world is full of wonderment and danger. Both beautiful and terrifying. If you haven't picked up this series, do it now you won't regret it.
bolgai on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really looked forward to this book, wondering how Julie Kagawa would do with changing the narrator and essentially taking the story in a completely new direction. The Iron Knight was definitely very different from the first three books in the series. While Meghan is very direct, no-nonsense, doesn't agonize much every step she takes and her story is all about action Ash is her opposite and his story is as well. Oh, don't get me wrong, he may be torn up about all kinds of things but he's not going to just sit there, he is a warrior after all. There is a lot of introspection here and the decisions Ash has to make aren't just whether to go and fight, they involve matters of the heart and soul and that complicates things tremendously. There were times when I was terribly disappointed in him, felt that he was continuing on his quest out of the sense of duty, not out of love, but gradually he was able to understand himself and I was glad to see how things turned out. The Iron Knight thrilled me from the very first pages with the lore that is introduced here. There is an old witch who lives in a house on bird legs and there's the gigantic Wolf. I don't know whether these characters are common in Western lore but they are a constant presence in the Slavic fairy tales and when I realized what was going on I was absolutely thrilled. These are the characters I grew up with after all and Ms. Kagawa did them justice. The entire time they were in the story I didn't have any problem with what they did or said and this made me appreciate the novel that much more. With Ash, Puck and Grimalkin in the core of the cast here the dynamic between the characters is essentially familiar but the new additions give it a bit of a new flavor and I saw sides of them I didn't really expect. With Ash and Puck almost competing with Grimalkin and Wolf in who can bicker better there's plenty of verbal dueling that could turn dangerous any minute and the new surprise companion in the quest brings the tension that makes it impossible to be confident in the outcome. And don't worry, we do get to see Meghan again before the story wraps up and she's still her old self, despite being the Iron Queen and ruling a whole realm. The main thing about this novel is how introspective and thoughtful it is, and it's not just about making difficult decisions and coming to terms with one's past, it's about what it means to be human from beginning till the end. I'll admit, I didn't enjoy all the parts of the story, some felt just too surreal and some didn't seem relevant, but as a whole it made me think about who we are as humans and what we have. (See, told you this book isn't like the first three.) I can't believe I'm saying this and you may strongly disagree with me on this but I didn't feel that this book was as inspired as the others. It felt like more "I have to do this" than "I want to tell this story" and although it was done well it just wasn't the same. If you prefer a happy ending to a story though I highly recommend that you read this book: with The Iron Queen ending as it did I can imagine that the lovers of Happily Ever After weren't exactly satisfied and with The Iron Knight Kagawa tied up the most important loose end of all and I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
Kskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think I will always associate this book with Snow Patrol's song "Give me Strength" It came on while I was reading the last part of this book and the tears just wouldn't stop. I'm glad that this series didn't end with the The Iron Queen (although awesome/favorite in series)because I wanted Ash to be happy.I felt this book was a healing period for Puck and Ash, and just a strong friendship book in general. There was a lot of action and fun parts with Puck. I found no problem getting into Ash's perspective. Although, I wasn't too happy at first about the surprise character. I felt like Ash was being swayed and was just in it for the oath he made to Meghan, but by the end I respected that character, and felt his true love for Meghan. I'm being cryptic on purpose, I don't want to spoil anything. I will say that the last trial Ash goes through just broke my heart,and that the happy ending prevented that from happening. Yes, it has a happy ending.Grimalkin continues to be full of depth and just so mysterious. I can't wait for the spin-off series.
momgamerwriter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Original Review at: Mother/Gamer/WriterRating: 5 out of 5 controllersReview source: NetGalley What an epic finale to what I am sure is a grand series. I must admit, I haven¿t read any of the previous novels, but when I saw this title available on NetGalley I knew I had to have it. Since 2010 with the release of the first book in the Iron Fey Series, The Iron King, I¿ve heard great admiration from friends and family members about the series. Needless to say, it piqued my curiosity and quickly became a high priority on my TBR pile. Words cannot describe how phenomenally well written The Iron Knight was, and how much it exceeded my expectations. Woven within its pages was a magnificent story of self-discovery, loyalty, friendship, and love.Unlike the other novels in the series, The Iron Knight is told from the perspective of Ash, the former prince of the UnSeelie Winter Court. The story is his journey and the lengths that he would travel, from the end of the world and every place far in-between; so that he could live happily ever after with the woman he loved, Meghan. His venture to obtain a soul was anything but fun and games. At times he was brutally challenged, leading him to question his choices, his life, and his worth. And if that wasn¿t hard enough, Kagawa threw in a clever plot twist, raising a certain woman from Ash¿s past back from the dead, creating more tension and turmoil for our love-struck hero. It was definitely a test of his character seeing how Ash would respond to every situation or hardship that was thrown his way. And as the story progressed, readers are able to see his perception of life and his friends change for the better, making him a solid well-rounded character despite his many faults.The side characters in The Iron Knight are truly some of my favorites form this year. It was definitely a team of unlikely companions and each added something fun and exciting to the story, making it a dark and ominous tale instead of fun or light-hearted. Puck or Robin Goodfellow, Ash¿s friend turned enemy, turned friend again, was hilarious to read. He was witty, charming and always had a smart-alecky comment for every sticky situation. Although he was in love with the same woman as Ash, he helped the ¿ice-boy¿ with his quest and never once questioned why he was doing it. That says a lot about him as a character, and I can¿t wait to read a bit of his story in Summer¿s Crossing (Iron Fey #3.5). Another surprise character I loved was the legendary Big Bad Wolf. His banter with Grimalkin the cat was fun to read. Each added another level to the story, often offering up their own opinions of Ash¿s situation and their distaste for Puck. I thoroughly enjoyed their love-hate relationship and I think others will find the comical duo pleasantly entertaining.Overall, The Iron Knight is one of those books you expect to be great and it turns out to be so much more. It¿s fresh, enjoyable, adventurous, sprinkled with myth and fables, and makes for one impressive finale. Julie Kagawa is a one-of-a-kind writer and her presence on the page commands your attention. I am really looking forward to diving into the rest of the novels from this series to see how such a world began. If you haven¿t had the pleasure of reading The Iron Knight, I implore you to give it a try.