Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Audiobook Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: October 26th, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
5 Stars - Loved this book, what a great end to this series!

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.

 I am a huge sucker for forbidden love! This series has it all, from family feuds, to loyalties and responsibilities keeping these two away from each other.  Of coarse there is also the fact that Ash can not even be near Meghan or he will die slowly and painfully.  This book in particular is about Ash's goal to gain a soul to be able to be with Meghan.  A huge item from his past comes back into his life and throws the whole thing for a loop.  Ash must take a truly epic journey to attempt to get a soul.  
I love the antics between the travels, especially between Ash and Puck.  Even though they try to pretend to hate each other, you get a deep look into Ash's feelings for Puck and how much he does care for him even if he will not show it.  Then there is Grimalkin, the magnanimous Cheshire kitty who helps guide them on their journey.  As usual Grim's antics and witty ways leave you laughing in your seat.     
I loved the dark fairy tale feel of this book.  Kagawa weaves in beautiful deadly world, and I can feel every thorn, piece of ice and sunlight on my skin.  
Ash's must earn and to prove his worth for soul, his journey is both  heartbreaking and inspiring.  The narrator of this story was MacLeod Andrews, he did a wonderful job portraying Ash's sexy voice and Pucks smartass-ness.  All in all I loved this book, and the whole series. Its a dark dreamy fairytale of love lost and found in a  wonderful setting.  I feel like starting over again and re-reading all the books together! I need to go pick up the Lost Prince now! 

synopsis and photo from Goodreads         

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