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Ironside (Modern Faerie Tales #3)

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In the realm of Faerie, the time has come for Roiben's coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing -- her love for Roiben. But when Kaye, drunk on faerie wine, declares herself to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest. Now Kaye can't see or speak to Roiben unless she can find the one thing she knows ...more
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Cait (Paper Fury)
It only took to the last book of the trilogy buuuuuut....I LOVED THIS ONE SO MUCH! It's like the Holly Black style that I adore and it's everything that I wanted and it's immensely faerieish and creepy and cruel and dark and WELL I AM A PLEASED SPRITE.

...although I have to admit, book 2, Valiant still makes exactly zero sense. It was about Luis, who has a part in this book, but it was narrated by Val, who has NO PART IN THIS BOOK WHATSOEVER. Random and odd? I thinkee yes.


I loved how creep
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Andie Z. for

I have been looking forward to this book ever since I finished TITHE, and Holly Black most definitely does not disappoint. IRONSIDE picks up soon after the events in TITHE and VALIANT, and takes the reader on another breathless journey into the amazing and deadly world of Faerie.

Things have been uneasy ever since Roiben assumed the throne of the Unseelie Court, and with the threat of war in the air and Roiben's coronation drawing near, everyone is on edg
Agatha Donkar
Honestly, I don't know why I keep reading Holly Black, because even while I enjoyed this -- and it was enjoyable; if you liked Tithe or Valiant, you'll enjoy this one -- I always find myself ending up annoyed by her books, which overrides any enjoyment I get out of them. I don't know, I just feel like her books are too coy, like they're full of inside jokes that I don't get, and okay, you know what, that's fine, she can put all the inside jokes she wants in her books, but when her readers feel a ...more
May 27, 2008 Res rated it liked it
Shelves: sff, slash-interest
Sequel to Tithe. The one where Roiben of the Seelie Court finds himself in charge of the Unseelie, and tries to protect his love Kaye, a pixie changeling, by giving her an impossible quest.

I really want to know what I'm doing wrong that I keep checking out books without knowing that they're sequels. Wouldn't you think they'd say so on the cover?

The backstory/exposition was very skillfully done here (unlike Wicked Lovely, this book understands the difference between suspense and confusion), so i
Mar 06, 2008 Juushika rated it liked it
Shelves: status-borrowed
A direct sequel to Tithe, Ironside picks up two months after Tithe left off. At Roiben's coronation as King of the Unseelie Court, Kaye, drunk on faerie wine, declares herself to Roiben, who in turn sends her on an impossible quest to prove her love to him. Meanwhile, Kaye decides to tell her mother that she is a changeling, and the Queen of the Seelie Court attacks Roiben, leading to a series of quests wherein Kaye must find her human double, find a way to save Roiben, and bring Roiben a faery ...more
Aug 11, 2007 xnera rated it liked it
Ironside is the third book in Holly Black's Modern Faery series. I remember quite liking Tithe, enough that I bought Valiant when it came out in hardcover, which I also enjoyed, though not as much as the first. The world Black creates is intriguing. It's dark and gritty--these faeries ain't no Tinkerbell. In times it can almost feel too dark and disturbing, as the characters do their best to cause pain to others. There's always the bit of romance to offset the grittiness, though, and in fact ...more
Jun 25, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, urban-fantasy
Holly Black never fails to entertain. I expect this book will be as good as her others that I've read.

Update: Yep, Ironside was just as good as her other books. I was a little confused in parts, but it was my own fault for not re-reading Tithe first, the book that went before this one. It was no fault of the author's.

Holly Black's writing style continues to impress me. I really like dark urban fantasy in general, and her novels are very well suited to the genre. She has wonderfully descriptive
Karen Barber
A fitting end to the trilogy, and a clear attempt to bring together three quite different books.
Kaye is, once more, the focus of our attention as she attempts to fulfil her seemingly impossible quest. Roibin and the other Faeries continue to fight for power.
While this lacked the power of some of Holly Black's later writing, the world is well-constructed and there is a good mix of humour and darkness. Parts of this were quite creepy.
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
I thought that this book brought the characters from both Tithe and Valiant together well and I enjoyed it more than the first two books seperately - though I was disappointed that Val wasn't involved more as she was the main character in Valiant - I would've preferred if she'd had a larger role. I thought that this completed the series well and brought things together. I found the writing to be better than Tithe and the characters to be more bearable in this book. I especially took a liking to ...more
Apr 01, 2008 Cherie rated it really liked it
Ironside is the third book in Holly Black's Faerie Tale series, though it's actually a continuation of book one, Tithe . The second book, Valiant , takes place in the same world as books one and three but with different characters, some of which appear here as well. Kay and Roiben's stories however, are pretty much found only in books one and three. :)

Roiben is now King of the Unseelie Court, and against his wishes, Kaye has declared herself to him, thereby swearing loyalty to the Unseelie Cou
Marcy Jo
Jul 07, 2008 Marcy Jo rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Marcy Jo by: Katherynne
Shelves: myalltimefaves
The sequel that is better than the original is a rare thing...but this one is.

Ironside is primarily about the characters from Tithe, but several cameos from Valiant are present, too.

Kaye is fiercer, Corny is...well...more pitiful and awesome at the same time. The plot is solid. The characters are believable and relatable despite the fact that we obviously can't have the same literal struggles they do (symbolism abounds here folks). And the prose is in-your-face-damnit-why-will-my-writing-never
Jan 25, 2009 Aerin rated it really liked it
I skipped over the second book in the Modern Tale of Faery series by Holly Black. That book, Valiant, veers away from the Kaye-Roiben story, which is what really interested me. I grabbed Ironside, book 3 in the series, almost as an afterthought at last week’s trip to Borders.

After a brief recap of the story in the form of a prologue, Ironside begins on the eve of Roiben’s coronation as King of the Unseelie Court. Kaye is unwelcome by his subjects, since she alone has the power to control him (us
Bark's Book Nonsense
Feb 01, 2012 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it
Ironside is the third book in the Modern Faerie Tales series that started with Tithe. Unlike Valiant, which was about an entirely new cast of characters (for the most part), this one brings back Roiben, Kaye and Corny and throws them into another adventure of love and faerie war.

Beginning right after the events in Tithe, Roiben is facing his coronation as King of the Unseelie Court. There is just enough back-story here to catch readers up without boring them to death or confusing the hell out o
Andie Z
Reviewed for TeensReadToo

I have been looking forward to this book ever since I finished TITHE, and Holly Black most definitely does not disappoint. IRONSIDE picks up soon after the events in TITHE and VALIANT, and takes the reader on another breathless journey into the amazing and deadly world of Faerie.

Things have been uneasy ever since Roiben assumed the throne of the Unseelie Court, and with the threat of war in the air and Roiben's coronation drawing near, everyone is on edge. Changeling Kay
Sep 06, 2008 Kristi rated it really liked it
Ironside is the third novel of A Modern Faery’s Tale. It had been a faerly fairly long amount of time between reading the first two books, but I didn’t have a problem picking up where everything left off. It even helped me understand why Valiant was in the middle of these two books!

Kaye is unsure where she belongs in the world. She doesn’t know anything about the world she belongs to as a faery, yet she can’t get comfortable in the human world, even though she was raised there, because she isn’t
Janice (Janicu)
Aug 17, 2008 Janice (Janicu) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book and it does tie up the story very nicely, though I think I preferred the first two books over this one. The beginning dragged a little for me, but I was really into the story in the second half of the book - I wasn't sure how it was going to end and I liked that. A couple of minor things I guessed, but for the most part I was an on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen to everyone. There was also a couple of cameos from characters in Valiant here too (brief appearance ...more
Jan 04, 2011 Wickedlyunique rated it did not like it
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Oct 13, 2007 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I must admit, I picked up this book a little reluctantly because I only moderately enjoyed the other two books in the series, but I really did enjoy reading this book. I thought it tied in the other two book perfectly and gave you just enough satisfaction at the end without having an overly perfect "fairy tale ending."

In this installment, Kaye and Roiben are dealing with their uncomfortable pasts in hopes to create a better future for themselves as well as the faerie people. Roiben must come to
Dec 26, 2014 Iz rated it really liked it
Già mi mancano. Ç_Ç
Non mi aspettavo che quest'ultimo libro mi piacesse così tanto! Rispetto al primo, decente ma incompleto, il secondo ed il terzo sono proprio belli! Non so quali dei due preferisco... Ravus ha sempre un posto speciale nel mio cuore, ma questo terzo romanzo è roba forte.
Kaye finalmente diventa un'eroina completa, dimostra la sua vera intelligenza e il suo coraggio, malgrado prenda decisioni molto discutibili ed è molto insicura all'inizio.
Roiben mi ha conquistato, finally.
Brandon Adleman
Jul 05, 2016 Brandon Adleman rated it liked it
So I just realized that I read the last book first:( every online source told a different order of them but anyways..... I felt the concept of the book was interesting, making fairy tale creatures more monstrous and taking the place of humans on earth. I do like monsters and everything involving magic but there were some things I just didn't like. Before I go any further I will say it was a fun read, however I would not rebuy it if it cost more than 4 USD which I got it for.

I didn't really like
Feb 28, 2011 Alnora1227 rated it it was amazing
No one is better at integrating world building with everyday reality than Holly Black. This tale continues Kaye and Corny's foray into faerie and the choices they make have far-reaching consequences, both in the world they've discovered and in the reality they've always lived in.

I love how both Kaye and Corny are basically flawed creatures, because teen-agers often are, right? They go off all hurt and want revenge, and they grow with each painful consequence.

Corny is actually my favorite in th
Dec 06, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it
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Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)
Nov 06, 2016 Barbi Faye (The Book Fae) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Pixies and Nixies
Recommended to Barbi Faye (The Book Fae) by: Faeries
Pixie Kaye lives Ironside, which is what all Faeries call the human world, because of the prevalence of illness inducing iron. She's in love with Roiben who's just now being crowned king of the malevolent Unseelie court, and at the coronation drank too much. She has been spurred on by ignorance of customs, too much faerie wine, and feeling unwanted, and so stumbling through, it she makes a Declaration; he has no choice in front of the crowd. He asks her for a lying faerie~an impossibility. No fa ...more
Aug 24, 2007 Angie rated it really liked it
All the other books I read this month were surprise finds, but this one I'd been waiting for. I was so excited to see it on the shelves in my local B&N the night before it was to come out. I felt like someone was watching me as I surreptitiously snatched it off the shelf and scurried through the checkout line and out the door with it. I hope it was the benevolent bookseller who placed it out early, because I truly got my money's worth. What a fun read. I was very pleased with Kaye's storylin ...more
Simona Bartolotta
Jun 25, 2014 Simona Bartolotta rated it really liked it
"Kaye wondered if anyone felt like there was a monster underneath their skin."

La penna di Holly Black è magica, e a me piace da impazzire. Sono riuscita a divertirmi un mondo anche se all'epoca trovai Tithe molto, molto più scorrevole e avrei voluto più riflettori puntati su Roiben. Perché se li merita, non dite il contrario (ed è anche fico *cough cough*).

La mia nottata passata in bianco pur di finirlo finisce qui, ma so già che passerò i prossimi giorni ad astrarmi regolarmente dal mondo vero
Jan 27, 2017 Myndi rated it it was amazing
The conclusion of the Modern Faerie Tales series was everything I hoped it would be. We've come back to the characters from the first book, add a few of the characters from the second book and they all play pivotal roles in the third book.

True to the rest of the series, things are dark and real and most of the time not very pretty. There is war and death and loss and a lot of evil fairy mischief. I enjoy the chaos of the series, I love that it's so vastly different from the pretty fairy books i
Jan 11, 2008 Tapestrymlp rated it really liked it
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Shazza Maddog
Sep 26, 2011 Shazza Maddog rated it really liked it
I think this is actually book three in a trilogy but I didn't find books one or two at the library, so, I read this one. *grin*

The story centers around Kaye, a pixie, who has only recently found out that she's a changeling. Her doppleganger lives in the Seelie Court, under the rule of Lady Silarial, but for the past twenty years, Kaye has been fooling herself into believing that she's human. She's done a good job - her mother and grandmother don't realize, though her friend Corny has been made a
Mar 10, 2012 Jacey rated it really liked it
This is the sequel to Holly Black's impressive YA debut novel, Tithe, which chronicles Kaye's realisation that she is not, in fact, human as she had always thought, but a faery change-child, a green-skinned pixie who looks human only because of a faery glamour. In Tithe Kaye falls in love with Roiben and is instrumental in him winning the crown of the Unseelie (dark) Court, a grotesque and dangerous place, but perhaps no more so than the rival Seelie (light) Court which is ruled over by Roiben's ...more
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