Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Book Review: The Iron Knight (Iron Fey #4) by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Queen CoverBook 4 in the Iron Fey ties up the series from Prince Ash's point of view

The Iron Knight (Iron Fey #4) by Julie Kagawa
Reading Level:
Young Adult
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 400
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry

Book 3 in this series, The Iron Queen, ended quite sadly for fans of paranormal romance. Prince Ash and the new Iron Queen Meghan Chase were seemingly separated forever because her iron realm would kill him. This book is from Ash's point of view as he undertakes a massive journey through the fae realm to find a means to be reunited with Meghan.

While the other three books had primary plots which were action/adventure with a strong subplot of the romance between Ash and Meghan, this book is entirely about Ash's journey, which is both psychological and an action/adventure tale. Once again the author's amazing world-building skills are on display. For anyone who is a fan of stories of the fae and high-fantasy type plots, this book is a rich, imaginative treat. It is especially enjoyable to spend most of the book in the company of Grimalkin and Puck as they accompany Ash on his arduous journey. They are two of my favorite characters in this series.

I personally am a big fan of paranormal romance and I was disappointed that there was almost no chance to experience Ash and Meghan's relationship in this book. However, the book as written is definitely worth reading as a further opportunity to visit the brilliantly executed, fantastical world of the fae that Kagawa has created.

Hero: 5

Subcharacters: 5

Fantasy World-Building: 5

Writing:5

Action-Adventure Plot: 4

Romantic Subplot:2


Overall: 4


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