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Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale

(Modern Faerie Tales #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  32,717 ratings  ·  1,033 reviews
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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C.G. Drews
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
Loved this book!

Ironside is the third installment of the Modern Faerie Tales series. I just love this dark and creepy series. Learning about the faerie world just keeps getting interesting and interesting. However, I'm still just wondering why the food is never good? Or is that just me...

Now in this book, you will meet and fall in love with Corny. He was definitely amazing and perfect in my eyes. Any character that speaks sarcasm will always connect with me. ALWAYS. Yeah, that's pretty much it.
Candace Robinson
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one just as much as Tithe! I like how we get a sort of collision with Luis from book two and get to learn more about him. Also, loved him and Corny!

Kaye has really grown as a character. She is strong and brave and fierce, and I love her, too! I wish there would have been more of Roiben, but the scenes that he was in were awesome!

Again, Holly Black has created such a magnificent world where character's feel real because they may not be a hundred percent likeable yet are! Highly recom
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
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
This was nearly as good as the first book, which is my favourite in this series. It had an actual quest and adventure, like the first. But it focused mostly on Kaye, Corny, and Luis (a returning character from book 2), and not enough Roiben. And there was very little romance. The most sexually charged scene was actually between two supporting characters. It was brief but you could tell it was heated. I wouldn't have been disappointed if we had seen more of them. This book remains primarily a fae ...more
A mixed bag, like previous 2 books (faerie lore - yeah!, romance, teen angst - meh!). Glad to see mostly the better aspects of Black's early faerir books made it into The Cruel Prince.
Julie Zantopoulos
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it, read-in-2018
Just like Tithe, this story is an OG Fae story so I love it for that alone and have to say that this one held up a lot better than Tithe did. Of course, Holly's writing had only improved over the years but for being twelve years old, this story was super enjoyable, diverse, and just the right amount of dark.

I read this as a direct sequel to Tithe (skipping Valient) and didn't find that I was confused or missing information. This story was richly woven in terms of Fae court intrigue, romance, an
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 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
Alexis  (TheSlothReader)
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Mar 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Bordertown, Charles De Lint, Emma Bull
Ironside follows shortly after the events of Tithe and Valiant. Roiben was a loyal knight of the Seelie Queen, even after she sent him to serve her sister, the Queen of the Unseelie Court. After countless years of torment and cruelty, he brought about the Unseelie Queen's death and now presides over her court. At his coronation, he sets an impossible quest for his lover, the pixie Kaye, to keep her safe from the war between the courts. Of course Kaye will have none of this romantic nonsense, and ...more
Mar 06, 2008 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 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
Apr 01, 2008 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
Kristen McQuinn
Jun 25, 2008 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.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
3.25 stars
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Хубав финал както за героите, така за поредицата. Такива книги харесвам хем с фентъзи и екшън, хем да съдържат романтика, ако имаше и повече моменти между любовните интереси, вместо само да решават проблемите си самостоятелно или с приятелите си книгата щеше да е страхотна, но уви. Все пак си беше хубава книга и я прочетох на един дъх и с голям кеф.
Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
3.5 stars.
Irina Villacis
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

antes de la lectura
estaba emocionada porque iban a mostrar los personajes del libro 1 y del libro 2 .

durante la lectura
al inicio no me esta gustando como deberia. esto es mas bien un libro para culminar cosas huecas que no tuvieron su final feliz en los anteriores libros.

al finalizar la lectura
me ha gustado . algunas cosas las he adivinado otras no las he podido advertir . creo que no es necesario otro libro . la autora exploto bien todas las cosas . haciendo un balance entre white cat.
Oct 13, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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
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
Brandon Adleman
Jul 05, 2016 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
Marcy Jo
Jul 07, 2008 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
michelle (magicalreads)
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
3.75 stars

oh yes I liked this one way more (and can now appreciate these cameos in tcp!!)
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5/5 Such a fun trilogy.
This was an entertaining conclusion to Roiben and Kaye’s story. And, a hopeful beginning to Louis and Corny’s story 😊
Jan 25, 2009 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
Feb 01, 2012 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
Loretta (Laughing Listener)

The Laughing Listener

August 2018
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Kate Rudd
Length: 7 hours & 6 minutes

Story Rating: 5 Stars
Performance Rating: 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars

The final installment in my epic Modern Faerie Tales reread. Man, I freaking LOVE these books. Since all of Valiant completely fell out of my brain when I read it before, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this last installment. My memories of each novel seemed to have blurred together. But most of my memories of this were shocki
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