Book Review: The Iron Knight

Aug
25
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The Iron Knight The Iron Knight by
Series: Iron Fey #4
Published by in 2011
Genres: , ,
Pages: 399
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Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.
Unless he can earn a soul.

To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.
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. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can  survive.
With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn 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. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.
And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

My Review:

WARNING! SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST THREE BOOKS!

This book seems to be one of the most anticipated sequels of the year. After the way Iron Queen left off I’m not surprised. That is not the way you end an epic story like that. Even if the love story isn’t the focus of the story the reader feels gipped if it doesn’t get wrapped up properly.

Iron Knight is definitely the wrap up readers are looking for. It follows Ash, the winter prince, in his quest to find a way around Meghan’s orders. It provides a lot of back story that didn’t particularly belong in the previous books but that I was definitely curious about. It also explores the Wildwood, in my opinion the most interesting part of the NeverNever. Nothing like going to the end of a world to learn what the true limits of that world are.

The only thing I’d say about this one is it still didn’t feel like an ending yet. Well, that’s the wrong way to put it. It is AN ending, but it doesn’t feel like THE ending. There are so many possible future problems that could make for really interesting novels. Even if the future novels don’t have much, if anything, to do with Meghan and Ash.

Maybe I’m just having trouble letting go. Kagawa has created a beautiful rendition of one of my favorite places to read about, and I just don’t want to put it down!





Book Review: The Iron Queen

Mar
07
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The Iron Queen The Iron Queen by
Series: The Iron Fey #3
Published by in 2011
Genres: , ,
Pages: 358
Source:
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My name is Meghan Chase.I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.

My Review:

That is not the end! That is SO not the end! It is not allowed to be the end! (I feel justified in saying this because there’s a note at the back of the book that says there’s at least one more.) Leaving aside the fact that I have loved the idea of the Iron Fey from the very beginning, this book was amazing! I had a hard time putting it down!

All of your favorite characters are back for more, and this time they’re all where they’re supposed to be –  Only there’s one problem. A false king has taken over the Iron Fey and he’s threatening all of Nevernever. Oberon and Mab have joined forces and asked Meghan to help them defeat the false king, but all she wants to do is go home.

I’ll be honest, when I picked it up I didn’t remember a ton from reading the first two and what I did remember kept getting mixed up with the other series’ about fey I’d been reading (I flew through several fey/fae books right in a row last fall, and they kind of combined in my head). But it only took a few pages to get me right back into the story and remembering what happened before. In fact, I’m impressed that so much happened in this book – it feels like forever ago that I started it, even though it was only a few days. The book is jam-packed with action and plot twists, a very fast paced read. At the same time it is filled with emotion – I nearly cried twice, and the last time I cried at a book was when **SPOILER** Dumbledore died. I just don’t cry at books, so the fact that she was able to make me tear up is a huge accomplishment.

I’m not going to say much more, because honestly, if you’re looking at this review you’ve probably already read the first two. If you haven’t START THERE and do it NOW! These fabulous books will NOT disappoint!

Oh and isn’t the cover pretty?! All of them really – so gorgeous!





Book Review: Iron King

Sep
01
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WOOT!!! First day since school started a week ago that I’ve finished homework before 11 pm!!! Lemme tell you a secret guys: Senior year at Uni kills. Like no kidding. If there were a most wanted list of things (instead of people), it would probably be in the top ten. I know, I know, Grad School is going to kill more. But geez!

Anywho! On to another review
The Iron King The Iron King by
Series: Iron Fey #1
Published by in 2010
Genres: , ,
Pages: 368
Source:
Goodreads

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined… Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Review:

Um, ok, wow! This book was pretty much amazing. I loved recognizing all the characters and the real bad guy? Wow, what a twist, and yet I so should have seen that coming! I loved it! I already have the next one on order – I wanna know what happens!

I will say, I didn’t love everything. It took forever for me to get into the book. It felt like it just dragged at the beginning, though that’s possibly because I had just started it the day before school started so it took forever for me to read past the first few pages. Ash drove me nuts – often in a good way, but sometimes in a bad way. There were times when I was just like “Seriously? Enough with the tall, cold, mysterious, handsome schtick! It’s getting old!” I guess I’m just not one for bad boys, or if they are, I want them to have some sort of redeeming quality. I haven’t found one for Ash yet, and Puck is so delightfully mischievous! Puck is my kind of bad guy – he plays pranks and does small evil things but at heart he’s really a good guy.

I guess I don’t have that much to say about this one. That always seems to happen with the ones I like. I go into it wanting to write a really long review about all the things I loved, and then I start cutting stuff so I don’t spoiler too much and then… well this happens. Ah well. GO READ THE BOOK! ‘Nuff said!





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