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Thursday, November 3, 2011

"The Iron Knight" by Julie Kagawa

Release Date: October 25th, 2011
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Format: eGalley
Age Group: Young Adult

My name—my True Name—is Ashallayn'darkmyr Tallyn.
I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her.

My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…

This is, without question, my favorite book in the series. I liked Meghan as the main point of view of the first three books, but as it turns out, I like Ash's point of view even more. Even though he started opening up a little more as the series went along, we never really got to know Ash until this book. Despite his flaws, and the horrible things he has done in his past, getting to see this part of the story from his viewpoint ended up making me love him more. I also felt like we got to know Puck a little better through Ash's point of view. They've been friends and enemies for longer than anyone can even try and comprehend, so even though they may not always like each other, they still know each other really well. It was weird not really having Meghan around for most of this book, but it was nice to see the guys interact without her presence affecting them.

This story had a lot going on. The gang went on a long trek through the darkest and scariest parts of the
wyldwood and came across things they didn't even know existed. There were plenty of good action scenes and we even got to see Puck and Ash work together more than once. I love when the two of them interact, the two of them together is always my favorite part of the books in this series. I know there is Team Ash and Team Puck, and I won't deny my Team Ash status, but I prefer the two of them together battling bad guys or arguing with each other. Even though most of this book focuses on the guys and things going on outside of the Iron Realm, I thought it was pretty clever the way Julie Kagawa worked Meghan into the story. This was Ash's book, but it wouldn't feel complete without some of our heroine showing up. I really wish we could have learned how Meghan's dad, Paul, was fairing in the Iron Realm, but it wasn't a deal breaker.

If you haven't read any of this series yet, get to it, because it really is fantastically written and full of fun and adventure. I know this wasn't supposed to be the ending, but I'm so glad she was convinced to write Ash's book. It is full of excellent backstory and plenty of character growth and development. Besides, who isn't a sucker for a happy ending? A must read :0)

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