Title: The Iron Knight
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (October 25, 2011)
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.
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa is so satisfying. I read the first three in the series a few months ago and couldn't wait to slip back into the Iron Fey world. Kagawa's writing helped me do that right from the first page.
The Iron Knight is the first book told outside of Meghan's perspective. I have to say, Ash was an excellent point of view choice. It's no secret that I'm a huge Puck fan, but that's not to say I don't also adore Prince Ash. Getting into his head was beyond interesting. We got to learn more about his past and how his Unseelie heritage effects him. We also have the opportunity to see exactly how he thinks about Meghan (and Puck, for that matter).
Personally, I could not get enough of the Puck-Ash interactions. The two of them together are brilliant. I love the back-and-forth bickering and death threats. The fighting, the laughing, and -- when completely necessary -- the comraderie and teamwork. They are an excellent dyad.
Something that surprised me about The Iron Knight was the exploration into humanity. Ash's quest leads him to consider the differences between fey and humans, and what it would be like to give up his immortality. Then, he needs to decide whether or not he still wants to make that choice.
Final thoughts: Buy it. Totally worth it.