Christie Golden has brought her genius yet again. This book doesn't provide a lot of new information early on but it provides a massive and overwhelmi...moreChristie Golden has brought her genius yet again. This book doesn't provide a lot of new information early on but it provides a massive and overwhelming amount of important lore. Featuring Garrosh and setting up for Warlords of Draenor this book highlights the compassion and wisdom of Baine Bloodhoof, the cruel determination of Tyrande Whisperwind, the sadistic brokenheart of Sylvanas, the natural born leaders of both Varian & Anduin Wrynn, and it shows something else...hope.
This book is craftsmanship at its best. Balancing time, perspectives, and storylines with mastery. (less)
This book is beautiful. I actually cried while I was reading it. It is a picture book that starts the idea that it is okay to be who you are and to gr...moreThis book is beautiful. I actually cried while I was reading it. It is a picture book that starts the idea that it is okay to be who you are and to grow into that person at such a young age. I am so thankful to have come across it by serendipity!(less)
The PostSecret project is a really strong and unique idea that gives people (and readers) an extremely rare opportunity to see the side of humanity th...moreThe PostSecret project is a really strong and unique idea that gives people (and readers) an extremely rare opportunity to see the side of humanity that we all hide. This collection shares heartbreaking, shocking, and even extremely deep secrets. It was an unusual journey through the human psyche that I encourage everyone to take.(less)
This book is about a community art project that encourages people to dig down deep and share with the world what it is they truly want to do before th...moreThis book is about a community art project that encourages people to dig down deep and share with the world what it is they truly want to do before they die. I think some of the responses are so empowering that they make you strive and feel a renewed sense of faith in humanity. Other responses are so real and so painstakingly familiar that you feel like you could have known these people all your life.
It instills a wonderful sense of community, love, and coziness as you're reading through the desires of other humans. This project branched out from one tiny house to boards all over the world in all different languages. It inspires people and inspires beauty.(less)
Remember to believe in Santa Claus... Love at first sight... And that your ship will come in.
This book a humorous and heartfelt reminder of the life l...moreRemember to believe in Santa Claus... Love at first sight... And that your ship will come in.
This book a humorous and heartfelt reminder of the life lessons we have been learning and cultivating all our lives. They’re gentle reminders brought to us by some of our age-old favorite stories and the spectacular artwork that comes with them.(less)
This book took Cassandra Clare back to her high esteem and brought out everything that made me love her in the first place. It was full of wonderful a...moreThis book took Cassandra Clare back to her high esteem and brought out everything that made me love her in the first place. It was full of wonderful action, appropriate romance, and the same twists from left field that are her trademarks in my most humble opinion. There was even a point in this book where everything just clicked into place; when the connections and characters between TID and TMI just made sense and I just and held my head in my hands as the realization washed over me and the world settled back into place. By the of this book I was in tears and in a sweeping resolution that only Cassandra Clare could pull off, did I finally find closure and longing all at the same glorious time.(less)
As a lore supplement, this book is great. As a book telling a story, this book is amazing! This...moreThis review is originally posted at The Fiction Pixie.
As a lore supplement, this book is great. As a book telling a story, this book is amazing! This book offered a unique experience for someone who has played the game, and would be a great story for someone who hasn't.
This book takes us on the full journey of the life of Prince Arthas Menethil. Destined to be the Lich King, the evil ruler of the Undead that plague the world, Arthas was not always so heartless and cold. In fact, the depth of this character is remarkable in his complexity. Arthas was (perhaps is) capable of love; profound and ever present love.
Our story starts with a boy who loves his father. Shortly into our story we see a boy who can develop and harness friendships that could span kingdoms. Beyond that the story grows into a young boy in the throws of his first and eternal love. Then our tale darkens to a young man, nearing the throne and expressing a deep love of his people; deep enough this love will cost him everything. But darker yet, our grown prince continues to twist within himself and develops a love of power, a power he now wields over his valued army of the dead.
In such a short span of a book, Christie Golden has absolutely painted a remarkable image of young Arthas Menethil. Power reading this book is the only way to satisfy your need to know more about this young prince. With her intensive research, her easy writing style, and the attention to detail Christie Golden has won my heart and respect.
I would recommend this to fans of fantasy who can shoulder the burdens of betrayals and tragedy as well as feel the elation of love. Without making this seem like a sappy love story (as it clearly is not) I walk away from my favorite parts of this book with the lesson that love can transcend good and evil; through the taint of power, love can survive.(less)
Getting used to the writing style of Michael Stackpole was considerably interesting. The slow points in this book that were story and history based we...moreGetting used to the writing style of Michael Stackpole was considerably interesting. The slow points in this book that were story and history based were on the slow side, this really captured that nature of the Pandaren but it also meant for a laborious read. But then in times of war and times of action his writing was action-packed and one blow after the other. This left me on a roller coaster of reading interest; while I absolutely loved this story and everything in it, I slugged through it at an unusually slow pace.
The character of Vol'jin is so critical to the World of Warcraft lore that this book is an integral part of the story. It connects the events in game of the Dagger in the Dark scenario and the 5.3 content patch Escalation. This book is inundated with amazing amounts of lore for both troll, pandaren and the mogu.
Stackpole did a wonderful job at fleshing out characters that we wanted to see more of including Taran Zhu, Chen Stormstout, and Li Li. He also did a wonderful job at introducing us to new characters including Yalia and Tyrathan Khort. He made the lives of these people jump off the pages and they held on to you with a vice-like grip.
If you're a fan of World of Warcraft novels this books is a must read in my opinion. I am a troll fanatic and I just love everything this book has to offer. I should declare that given its subject matter that is does speak in strong dialects at time but that is akin to Stackpole's great job of creating mood, voice, and setting!(less)
In a simple comparison, this book is the complete opposite of its companion, The Forest of Hands and...moreThis review is originally posted at Within Pages.
In a simple comparison, this book is the complete opposite of its companion, The Forest of Hands and Teeth. The most profound change is the character construction; all of the characters were created differently in this selection than before. Each character has a better connection, a deeper story, and more intriguing mysteries and destinies.
Gabry's story is intricately woven throughout the entire book. The connections that this book has to the first are so well written and important to who Gabry is; we begin to unravel the secrets of time along with her, and it is an intimate discovery of self. Gabry is such a timid character, a welcome relief from the standard rebel who is strong and can defy odds.
This book has a delicately crafted love triangle but, unlike its companion, doesn't centralize its importance; it is developed and featured as part of her journey as she survives with Elias and Catcher. This book is full of lies, confusion, mysterious cults, secrets, growing up, survival and so much more wrapped securely in the blanket of wonderful writing. Carrie Ryan uses this book to provide more insight into the infection which helps us understand more of the world that Gabry, Mary, and the others are living in. That was something that was absent from the first book, and now we have the opportunity to see and construct the timeline, the world, and its inhabitants.
In a dystopian novel, the why is the most important question and having that answered somewhat was a relief. Then to have that paired with beautiful character creation, this novel opened up with propelling action and ended in the same context. It was an edge-of-the-seat read from start to finish; I recommend having Dark and Hollow Places (Book 3) on standby.
This book didn't leave me with the sense of hopelessness that I was expecting. Unlike Mary, Gabry wasn't fighting for her selfish reasons to find something, she was fighting for others. Fighting the unknown, the mudo, and fighting for her life in the sheer hope that she could save them all...even...Annah.
Comparison Ratings: Forest of Hands and Teeth (Book 1) 2.5 Stars Dead Tossed Waves (Book 2) 5 stars(less)
I am in my own little love affair with the works of Cassandra Clare. I was first introduced to her writing when I read the Mortal Instruments and was...moreI am in my own little love affair with the works of Cassandra Clare. I was first introduced to her writing when I read the Mortal Instruments and was astounded; I couldn’t put those books down, and now I lie in torment as December slowly approaches and the countdown to Clockwork Prince is on; The Infernal Devices have just whir-clicked their way to my favorites shelf!
Clare’s writing style gives me all of the aspects of the story I crave; what is going on inside the main character’s (Tessa) head, what happens with scenes that she isn’t a part of and this is all wrapped up and protected in the sanctuary of a great story. Something else that I began to pick-up and love in TMI was that with Clare, you should never expect anything; she will throw a twist at you that sends your world spinning and leaves you turning the pages!
The sheer complexity of the characters is another aspect of this book that I am in love with; Clare does a phenomenal job at creating complex yet loveable characters; they aren’t overtly whiny, some are dark and mysterious, others are frilly, while some are light-hearted and entertaining. Each character that is introduced, including support characters like Sophie, have their own intricate details that are illustrated that you get such a sense of world in Clare’s writing style instead of just another character that comes and goes. Have I mentioned how much I love her character creation? I did? Good…because I love it.
Even more so about her characters is their growth. Tessa, the female protagonist, is set seemingly so rigidly into the defined gender roles of the Victorian London setting; but through Jace, Jem, and Charolette we witness Tessa’s growth and acceptance into her destiny. We also get to witness the growth of first love; while TMI fans may have expected to fall into the same romance as we did with Clary & Jace, the triangle with Tessa, Jem, and Will is all its own and is so carefully constructed with the aspects of loyalty, compassion, desire, and admiration all the while all three of them maintain their own complex storylines/lives.
But a story can only go so far with the characters; the plot of this book only adds to its 5 star rating. This steampunk, historical setting is exceedingly detailed in Clare’s depiction of Victorian London; it allows you to escape into the vision as if you were the one looking out the curtained, carriage window. She notes that for the most part, this description of London is geographically correct, she has successfully created her own world within the existence of our own; that which we cannot see. This only serves to add an aspect that I love in books…that, maybe, this could really happen.
I’ve never forayed into steampunk and was unaware that I was doing so with this book but I loved it. If you haven’t read The Mortal Instruments fret not, this is a stand alone series; however, if you do read or have read TMI, you will have an amazing level of appreciation for the tie-ins, nods, and connections this book provides including the Pandemonium Club, Magnus Bane & Church! Be on the look-out in the remaining 2 books of the series for other pieces of history to the Shadowhunters and the families we grew to love in TMI, I am sure they will be there.
**Review original posting on my blog Within Pages*(less)
I had been waiting a long time for this and it was awesome! I had read the winter and summer stories but now, for the first time, here are all the cou...moreI had been waiting a long time for this and it was awesome! I had read the winter and summer stories but now, for the first time, here are all the courts together. Not only does it provide the novellas in between our epic journeys, it provides trivia and a survival guide to help us in case we find ourselves lost in the Nevernever.
Winter's Passage (4 stars) Reading this novella after The Iron Knight, I see that it highlights the complexity of Prince Ash. It really conflicts with his love of Meghan and his loyalty to the court. Picking up exactly where The Iron King left off, we join Meghan on her journey to keep her deal with the Prince and return to The Unseelie Court. We are accompanied by our favorite feline but are hunted by a force older and wiser than faery it seems. The chase is just enough action that perfectly paces the book but it was rather abrupt and cut off, even for a novella. A great meanwhile read but not as charming as its counterpart, Summer's Crossing.
Summer's Crossing (3 Stars) To be a short novella, this book is a great read. It has just the proper amount of action and even the slightest bit of heartache. It takes place between The Iron Queen and The Iron Knight and does not effect the story as it serves to be more of a side quest for Ash and Puck. Giving insight into the dynamics that exist between the two boys, this book also provides a more intimate view of the workings of the Seelie (Summer) Court. It illustrates that the cruelty isn't limited to the Queen of Unseelie Courts and that the feud between the two courts runs deep.
This book is from the POV of Puck; while this gives great insight into the character that he is, it gave more of an arrogant tone to the carefree Puck we have come to know. There are twists, turns, and times we aren't even sure we know who he really is.
Iron's Prophecy (4 Stars) I adore the saga that has become Meghan and Ash's story. It is long, arduous, and entirely epic. In this wrap up of the original series, Julie Kagawa delivers another adventure that lives up to the expectations that were set for this conclusion. In a tale that takes us through the Wyldwood and into the future, we are delivered a fateful blow of information that will seemingly lead us into The Lost Prince; that burden of information though gave this short novella a devastating blow to entertainment. This novella didn't provide the wrap-up and cool down from the climax that left the reader with a sense of closure, rather it simply ended with no context to how the end will come to pass.(less)
If he wasn't already, this would totally make Ash a swoon worthy kind of faery. Too bad he had my heart like 4 books ago. This letter is so short but...moreIf he wasn't already, this would totally make Ash a swoon worthy kind of faery. Too bad he had my heart like 4 books ago. This letter is so short but packs such a punch of emotion and deep, eternal connection that it seems you can actually feel the weight of his words bearing down upon you. It is an amazing foundation for the journey that Ash undertakes in The Iron Knight.(less)
Simply put, this book is amazing. As a book that caters to the cute side of children's book but integrates a different genre than most are accustomed...moreSimply put, this book is amazing. As a book that caters to the cute side of children's book but integrates a different genre than most are accustomed to seeing, I absolutely adored reading it. It encourages bravery and a special bond between mother and child. I think it is definitely worth the read, even if you're on the older side! It is hard to deny such a cute Baby Mummy after all.(less)
This book has an incredibly strong emotional foundation as well as providing you with all the perspectives needed to understand the full weight of the...moreThis book has an incredibly strong emotional foundation as well as providing you with all the perspectives needed to understand the full weight of the decisions all the characters are facing. If you have seen the movie prior to or after reading this, you will know that the book far surpasses the boundaries that cinematography provides. By the end of this book, you will be in tears. (less)
This time it is different for Aria. Unlike in this first book Aria is not new to the aether and she is not a weak dweller; she is an Audile and she is...moreThis time it is different for Aria. Unlike in this first book Aria is not new to the aether and she is not a weak dweller; she is an Audile and she is a survivor. The same holds for Perry; a boy-grown-into-a-man and now commanding Blood Lord of The Tides. That makes all the difference for their relationship and who they are.
And it made all the difference to me as a reader.
In Under the Never Sky, I was so drawn to Aria and Perry because they’re relationship wasn’t what this was all about; above all else, they put their love aside to strive for survival and to uphold their own duties to themselves and the ones they love. That was so relieving from what you normally find in YA romance. So when I read the synopsis and started reading the book to the sequel, I was a little beset to find that the romance was so upfront and prominent in this book.
But I quickly learned the truth and I found addiction to this book and its beauty. I don’t know if I have ever felt such pain, realism and heartache for another character as I felt through this book. She has been given so much growth and strength in this book that it is phenomenal. My heart pleaded with her and I felt like my soul wept for her; she is everything that you want in a heroine.
And the other characters are all on the same exact and astonishing caliber as Aria. What we get in this book is a new, deeper look at Roar and he has quickly become my favorite support character. He has his own story, his own existence and desires and drives but his loyalty and love for Aria is wonderfully placed. There is a new take on Soren and Hess. We are introduced to Liv and the infamous Sable. There is just the right amount of hints towards a love triangle while remaining utterly unique.
Veronica Rossi really raised the bar from her debut and it can only mean good things to come. She has developed her pacing and shown that she is capable of strong, masterpiece characterizations. I simply cannot wait to read Into the Still Blue and would recommend this book to anyone. (less)
There is a lot of hype surrounding this book and the movie that is in development; a lot of times, th...moreThis review is originally posted at Within Pages.
There is a lot of hype surrounding this book and the movie that is in development; a lot of times, that can deter someone from reading or simply put a lot of unfair expectations on a book. This book lived up to all of its expectations and far surpassed them. From the moment the book begins, we are thrown into the world that Collins has created and I didn't want to leave.
The book picks up on an event called The Reaping where the children/teens are selected to attend the Hunger Games. From the moment it begins, to the moment that it ends this book is action packed and an emotionally packed thrill ride for heroine, Katniss. The plot of the story didn't seem like it would be as riveting as it was but the story is gripping and full of action that is used to develop Katniss as a character.
From other blood-thirsty teenagers to deadly mutations, Katniss faces it all in The Hunger Games; but away from the games, she fights the system. We are introduced to the world of 12 districts, hers being the Slums and scum, and a ruling government body that repeatedly reminds the citizens of its domination. The Games cannot be turned down, watching and attending the Reaping is obligatory, death is required; these are all ways the government beat the people down. It is depressing and maddening to consider life in that world, and yet it is so wonderfully addictive thanks to the work of Collins.
Through all of the negativity, doubt, and hardships we still manage to see Katniss survive. There are times we are afraid for her, there are times we shout her name, there are times we wish to sponsor her, and sometimes, we just give up hope; then, she prevails. She is a strong willed and powerful standing sixteen year old, carefully and expertly created with incredible depth.
The love interest(s) and male protagonist(s) Peeta and Gale form a carefully constructed, yet unique, love triangle. Peeta, the baker, the chosen...the enemy... Gale, the brother, the hunter and the one who got left behind. Katniss struggles in her search for emotion, never trusting the feelings Peeta displays and in turn, never seeing Gale a romantic light. She falls into emotional traps of loving both without realizing she feels for either. This triangle is so carefully connected that the slightest breeze could send it shattering to the gound and that makes it so uniquely intense.
Overall, this book was spectacular. From the characters, to the story, the history, and the emotions it elicited in me were all wonderful to experience; so wonderful in fact, I bought the entire box set days after reading the first book. I cannot wait to continue this series and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys dystopian settings or simply phenomenal books.(less)
Picking up in a perfect continuance from The Iron King, this book starts in a land of unbridled cruelty and selfishness. As promised in The Iron King, Meghan is being held within the Unseelie Court by Queen Mab. Having spent most of the first book in the land of summer or iron, the beginning of this book rounds out the world, giving us a since of completion.
In the harsh coldness that is the land of Winter, Meghan finds herself confused, alone, and untrusted. Again, the saftey of the Nevernever is at stake and only she knows the full force of what is occuring. The interaction with our favorite scores of support characters lead Meghan on a confusing chase, always questioning who to trust while we unravel a new change the has come about in Meghan.
I was pleased at the mystery surrounding the re-introduction of Ironhorse and the depths to which this character has been created. I love Ash and Grimalken, maybe Puck too, but the addition of Ironhorse was so solid and pivotal to the story; it was extremely well written.
The plot for this book takes us across many lands while Meghan battles for her life and struggles, yet again, to save the people who do not believe her. The battle in this book was considerbly more well-written than in the first and had us on the edge of the seat, waiting to see who lived or died. Battles were never set up with a tone that hinted the outcome before it happened.
Julie Kagawa has again, crafted an incredible faery tale with a mythical level of magic and understanding. Through the span of two books, we have seen the characters grow and change in remarkable ways and we have been on the adventure of several lifetimes. I strongly encourage having The Iron Queen on stand-by in the hopes that you can continue Meghan's tale.
Comparison Rating: The Iron King (Book 1): 4.5 The Iron Daughter (Book 2): 5(less)
Yet again, Julie Kagawa has produced a riveting fairy tale that has won my heart. In this third insta...moreThis review is originally posted at Within Pages.
Yet again, Julie Kagawa has produced a riveting fairy tale that has won my heart. In this third installment in The Iron Fey, we find ourselves back in the land of the Nevernever and war has gripped this magical land. Meghan and Ash have been ripped back into the world of the faeries and now have the belief of the courts on their side.
With the fate of Faery on her shoulders, we have been able to witness Meghan as she grows through each book. In The Iron Queen, she isn't as whiney and confused as she was in the previous books and it is in this book that she fully embraces who she is. Stuck in the throws of denial, Meghan must quickly learn to accept her destiny if she is too save anyone, including herself. In this book, the concept of sacrifice is lurking around every corner. When to fight, who to fight for, and when it is over are all important questions that Meghan and her allies find themselves asking.
In this book, Meghan isn't the only one taking the forefront. In a daring act of unconditional love and devotion, we get to know Ash in an intimate way. Deep and rich in the lore of truenames, Ash has been deeply developed as a strong protagonistic character. If he had been construed as a heartless ice prince, this book changes it all.
In a tragic, yet empowering, ending we come to understand the finality that lies behind the love that Meghan and Ash share. In a gripping turn of events, we come to the end of Meghan's story, only to be set up for the journey that Ash will continue to take in The Iron Knight; Julie Kagawa has yet to disappoint.
Series Comparisons: The Iron King: 4.5 Stars The Iron Daughter: 5 Stars The Iron Queen: 5 Stars(less)
I went into reading this book having nothing to go on but the cover and the synopsis; I picked it blindly of...moreThis is originally posted at Within Pages.
I went into reading this book having nothing to go on but the cover and the synopsis; I picked it blindly off the library shelf and I was nervous. But sometimes, that experience is when we find the true jewels of the stacks and this book is one of them.
This book has deep and complex characters that tell their stories in dual perspective voice. Shay, the Sick Girl, finds an addiction to life; but it isn't just her life she is addicted to because there is Gabriel...Gabriel's life. Who is Gabriel? What is Gabriel? These questions compel her actions and her addiction and you find yourself wanting to ride the roller coaster with her; you want to experience life for the first time and with Shay, you can.
Through Gabriel's eyes, Shay has a remarkable connection to Gabriel and her unique take on life makes her stand out, makes him forget she's human...she's Shay. Love blossoms and grows into a complex relationship; one inspired through hope but started from desperation.
Their stories wrap into each other as you witness more and more of the history and the visions unfold until finally you hit the end. This book quickly replaced Twilight for me because of the elaborate character creation. Gabriel has true and sincere complexities unlike the popular Edward Cullen who simply feels he is a monster and dangerous. Gabriel has genuine family ties, clear and concise memories of his human life, his emotions, his last sunset; all the things that make him who he is. All the things that make Shay fall in love with him.
The worst part of this book is the cliffhanger ending. Towards the end of the book, the plot had me flipping pages and reading as fast as my eyes could cover the lines, the plot had reeled me in, I was in character heaven, then it was over. Gone. Done. Finite. And I am stuck in miserable suspense until Sacrifice releases in September. I long to continue my love affair with the Sick Girl and the Vampire.(less)
This was a stellar debut from Kristen Simmons. It was gripping and set in a new United States of America. I don't pretend to be a political...moreRating 4.5
This was a stellar debut from Kristen Simmons. It was gripping and set in a new United States of America. I don't pretend to be a political activist but I feel that the desperation and situation of the American people in this book is entirely plausible. The heartache and the struggled were clearly defined and helped give a significant depth to each and every character in the midst of a gut wrenching world.(less)
Absolutely beautiful, angelic, and captivating. This book had me enraptured in its glory. Clara was so profound and this journey was so thought provok...moreAbsolutely beautiful, angelic, and captivating. This book had me enraptured in its glory. Clara was so profound and this journey was so thought provoking. Full of plot and intimate intensity, I was left turning the pages and my heart left warm, maybe even tears in my eyes.
A lot of times, the excellence that is Divergent, is compared to its 2008 predece...moreThis review is originially posted at Within Pages.
My faction: Erudite
A lot of times, the excellence that is Divergent, is compared to its 2008 predecessor The Hunger Games. Having never read The Hunger Games, I was able to give Divergent its ability to wow me own its own, with no competition and it set an amazing standard. This book was artfully crafted to give you a fully created Dystopian Chicago setting in a world where true human nature is always prevalent.
In Divergent, Roth has created an immense set of sound and solid characters including the main heroine Tris, the male protagonist Four, and a slew of other support characters. The depth and connection that Roth provides to these characters is miraculous and fine tuned to include a beautiful array of personal and familial details.
The concept of the Divergent is unique and one that helps round out the idea of the factions that she has created for the founding of the society. The society forces each person to look deep within themselves to fit into a model, a cookie cutter, of their personality and be manipulated into world peace but this book clearly and intelligently illustrates that that is not always possible and adds a realistic feel with the play on humanity.
The plot of this book was riveting; there was actually a point when I could not put it down. I understand a lot of people say that quite often but I say it with the utmost honesty. Once I was thrown into the whole plot of the book and the excitement built towards the climax, my heart was racing for Tris and I could not physically put it down because I had to know what was coming and by the end of the book I was exhausted. I felt like I had been on a nail-biting roller coaster for the thrill this book gave me.(less)
Christie Golden is back and in her full glory in this new installation of World of Warcraft lore. This supplement is a connector between the expansion...moreChristie Golden is back and in her full glory in this new installation of World of Warcraft lore. This supplement is a connector between the expansions of the game but in and of itself is an amazing story. Riddled with heartbreak, treachery, cowardice, and courage this book is sure to provide a thrill ride.
Julie Kagawa has perfected the fairy tale ending. The ending to The Iron Queen was de...moreThis review is originally posted at Within Pages.
Rating 4.5 stars
Julie Kagawa has perfected the fairy tale ending. The ending to The Iron Queen was devastating and left a void in our hearts where closure belonged for surely that could not be the end to Meghan and Ash. What Julie gave us in this book was magnificant; a journey of sheer impossibility but bold strength and devotion. Twists, turns and confrontations were the key to unraveling the mystery that Prince Ash was.
For the first part of this series, we were in our story from the eyes of Meghan, the human who's fate had become saving all of Nevernever. In Summer's Crossing, we have a brief glimpse into the chaotic yet striking personality of Puck. But here, in The Iron Knight, we grow intimately close with the monster, the pain, the anger, and pure love that Ash is as he begins to grow and sort through his mess of entangled emotions. The true depth of this character had been sealed off from Meghan, and the reader, and this book unleashes a flood of what it means to be Unseelie. In seeing Ash's history as Winter Prince and knowing who he is now, we can see that this is a tale about overcoming, a strong ideal that all of us are our own person.
The other character favorites we love, Grimalkin and Puck, accompany Ash on this treacherous journey and we are introduced to some new faces that bring an interesting dynamic to the trio. This book, while about Ash, gives a little more insight into Puck; through his interactions with Ash, the prince and the readers begin to have a little bit more of an understanding about the pain that Puck really tries to hide. As an extra bonus, you don't even really have to miss Meghan; Julie has done a fantastic job of intertwining all of the favorite characters.
I loved the characters and I loved the journey that Ash was on to maintain his vow but there was still something missing from this book that I thought was pretty prevalent in the other books: mystery. It isn't anything detrimental and I still loved this book, but from beginning to end we know the journey that Ash has embarked upon and it is only a tale of whether or not he succeeds; can he succeed? It traded mystery for suspense and a long, timeless journey and while the action that occurred was riveting, I felt the journey was just mildly off-pace for such a phenomenal ending.
This book comes with an Epilogue that returns to Meghan's point of view and serves as a non-encompassing ending that still allows our imagination to bloom into the "what shall become of them" and fills that void that we had after The Iron Queen. Also included in the book is a small interview with the author and some wicked guests. The interview actually made me giggle out loud. It was witty and a great addition/end to a book. Also be sure to check out the letter that Ash wrote to Meghan before embarking on his journey. This was released at the Twitter launch party and is a great piece to the puzzle.
Comparison Rating The Iron King 4.5 The Iron Daughter 5 The Iron Queen 5 The Iron Knight 4.5(less)