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The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
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Jan 05, 12

bookshelves: owned-paperbacks, e-books
Read from November 27 to December 19, 2011 — I own a copy

In this final installment of the Iron Fey Series, we follow Ash, Puck and Grim on a journey to the End of the World. They pick up a few friends along the way. This book is in Ash's point of view, so it was interesting to get into his mind a little more. They travel to the End of the World, so that way Ash can gain a soul, since fey are soulless, to be with Meghan in the Iron Realm. He has to go through I think at least 3 obstacles to get to the Testing Grounds, then that's when the 3 tests really begin. This isn't about passing or not, it's about surviving. And of course he has to get to the End of the World first and trust me when I say this, it isn't easy. Ok, so that's a bit of the background for the story, now onto the review...

This final installment was the perfect final installment to end the Iron Fey Series. I would give this book 10000 stars if I could, I loved every letter, every word, every sentence, every paragraph, every page of it! It got me hooked on from the beginning! I loved loved the action in the Iron Knight, not too much and not too little. I always enjoy traveling with my two favorite boys and my favorite cait sith! I thought the tests that Ash had to face were absolutely brilliant, since Ash wanted to become a mortal to be with Meghan, the tests showed Ash what it was like to be a human, if he were to choose. So after all the tests are done, Ash definitely had a super hard choice to make. The obstacles that they went through to get to the End of the World, one of them was like a zombie movie, it was so scary! I shivered at the thought of imagining it in my head. There was this one scene where they had to fight their reflections (sorry if that gave too much away!) but this scene was absolutely brilliant! I loved the concept of it. I asked this question to everyone that read the book before me and it was "Did you think there should be one more book or were you satisfied with this last one?" And most of them said they loved how it ended, I agree with them. These 4 books round out the storyline perfectly. No need for anymore as much as I would love to see the series continue. I can't wait for the spin off though! Close to the ending, the book gets a little depressing, so I decided to stop reading it for a few days because first, I was almost done and it was too hard to let go of Ash and second, it was so depressing I wanted to stay away from the book. For Ash's last test, all I will say about it is that "Damn, it's depressing to be a human." As I'm reading that scene, I felt that I'm moving right along with Ash in that scene because for that specific scene time moves by pretty quickly. You'll see what I mean when you read it! There was definitely a big big surprise in this one, someone comes back to join the trio! You'll see who! I actually ended up writing a poem about this specific surprise and this was before I even read the book and all of my friends were like just wait till you read the book then it ended up coming true! There is a very big sacrifice in this book, you'll see what I'm talking about! The ending itself was beautiful, I loved how Julie ended it! That's all I have to say about the book, loved loved loved it! Now onto the characters!

Let's start off with the main main character of this book, Ash. From Book 1 to the last book, you can see he has changed so much ever since he met Meghan. No matter how hard he tries to put that wall up from the second he met her, she tears it right down and he ends up falling in love with her and vice versa. In Iron Queen, you can see Ash is a bit more open with his relationship with Meghan, he would always have his arms around her, he would kiss her in public and etc. etc. It was really cute! In Iron Knight, in certain points of the book, especially around the time of the tests, you can see he's conflicted. He swore to become a human to be with Meghan again, but at the same time after he sees what it's really like to be human, he's thinking, "Oh, there is no way I can protect her like this." It goes on and off for a little while, but he chooses a path in the end. What I really loved about this book is learning about Ash's past. You actually get to see how Ash met Ariella, which is very cute by the way! So look out for that! There are some scenes that Julie writes to show the readers who Ash really was in the past and honestly, after seeing what Ash did, I was unsure of my feelings for him as a loyal Ash fan, it was just...wow. Of course in the end, he won my heart again (: Next is our favorite summer prankster, Puck. There are times when you do wonder, why is he following this man that has stolen the woman he loves? That is the big question here. There are times when Ash and Puck don't get along in their adventures and Ash just tells Puck to leave him alone and how he swore to kill him, but Puck sticks with Ash till the end of their journey. As much as Puck loves Meghan, I honestly believe the reason why he sticks with Ash is to help him survive the journey and he sees how Meghan looks at Ash from Day 1 and he's the type to want Meghan to be happy even if it isn't with him, no matter how much Ash "despises" Puck. There is this discussion question in the back of the book that asks how much has Puck changed over the course of the stories? And I think he's changed a lot, from being the witty sarcastic, carefree person is, to being a person to fight for the one he loves and to make her happy, even if it isn't with him. And of course there is Grim! The story starts off with Puck and Ash trying to find this sneaky cat. They do end up finding him after many many places. And of course he helps them throughout their journey. There's the surprise character! I can't really say anything...so you're just going to have to see! And they end up running into Wolf, if you've read Winter's Passage, then you know he tried to kill Ash because he was hired by Oberon to bring Meghan back to the Summer Court. I think he's one of my favorite characters now, he's awesome! He was hired by Mab to help him, but what he really wants is immortality. The fey live through stories and Wolf follows them through the journey to make sure they spread on his legacy so he can live longer. That's pretty much all the main main characters...To wrap this up...

OVERALL: Like I said, I loved loved loved this book! If you haven't read this series yet, please please read it! I highly recommend it! If you don't know the order, here it is: The Iron King, Winter's Passage, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen, Summer's Crossing, and finally The Iron Knight. What made this book more enjoyable was that it was in Ash's point of view and his past is a bit of a mystery so learning more about his past made me enjoy this book even more! Like I always say, it's never exactly "goodbye" but more of a "see you later." Hopefully Julie adds Meghan Ash and Puck and of course Grim to the spin off! Her new series, Blood of Eden is going to come out and I can't wait to see if that series will live up to the Iron Fey! Oh and if you have the physical or ebook, there is a guide to the nevernever, which I loved reading! I wish it became an actual guide though. And there's also a Q&A with Julie with a few special guests...(: There is also an excerpt for her next book that wasn't on my ebook, but was on my physical! Like I said, I would have given this a billion or gazillion stars if I could!
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Cami o.O
Finally you have your Ash :DD

Ellen Cami wrote: "o.O
Finally you have your Ash :DD"

Ya, but :((

Cami Yeah I know. ):

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