My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
My Summary: After being ordered by Meghan to leave the Iron Kingdom and never return, Ash is desperate to return - but the only way it could ever be possible is if he becomes human and gains a soul. Now, along with Puck, Grim, and two more unlikely companions, Ash sets out to reach the End of the World, where he'll have to endure grueling challenges in order to complete his quest, earn a soul, and return to the Iron Kingdom to be with Meghan.
My Thoughts: I jumped on the Iron Fey Bandwagon about a month ago, after years of being told by fellow bloggers that it was a series I absolutely had to read. I never listened before, thinking that faerie books probably weren't for me. But man was I wrong.
I bought the first book on a whim. I was bored of the usual stuff and wanted something unlike anything I'd ever read before, so I pulled it off the shelf, read the summary, and bought it without thinking twice. Then I sat down to read. Two hours later I was almost halfway through the book and loving every minute - I'm 100% certain that I would have finished the book in one sitting had I not had to leave for work shortly after. Later that night, despite my exhaustion, I finished the book, needing to know what was going to happen. The next day I pretty much ran to the YA section of the bookstore and grabbed The Iron Daughter, and the day after that I rushed in 3 minutes before closing to grab The Iron Queen. And man was I bawling by the end of that sucker.
It was a long, grueling wait for The Iron Knight (I can hear the long-time fans screaming, "you think you had it bad? We had to wait a whole YEAR!") but it was so worth it. I loved getting to see the world through one of the fey's point of view, and seeing everything through Ash's eyes and getting a glimpse at his thoughts was great. I loved the way that Kagawa wrapped up all the loose ends in this one! And I seriously can't say anymore or I'll ruin the entire book and then everyone will hate me for it...
Final Thoughts: If you like anything paranormal YA (or are looking for a place to start) I definitely recommend the entire Iron Fey series. Do yourselves a favour and pick them all up at once though - gas it getting expense these days, and you'll be driving back and forth to the bookstore if you don't :P