“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 …”To cold 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 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. And along the way Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.
After feeling fascinated by Meghan’s journey in the third book of the series, I was a little doubtful when I learned that this book would be narrated by Ash.
To me, Ash is not an expressive type of person. He is reserved, fights incredibly well and speaks only minimal words. And because he keeps his verbal communication to the minimum, I don’t know if I can trust him to share a good story.
Turns out I find him quite an interesting character, although there are times when I feel a little bored because he is kinda dull and humorless.
I guess perhaps because he is a winter fey, he is very much used to putting on a mask when he must hide his emotions in order to survive in the Winter Court. But since he is no longer in the Winter territories, I don’t see why he cannot open up to his long-time trustworthy companions and show them what he is truly feeling while they are on a quest to help him find a way to honor his vow to stand by Meghan’s side. I mean, his companions are not obliged to help him at all but they’re there, they choose to risk everything to accompany him. So, wouldn’t you say they deserve something more than cold glares from Ash? But no, Ash is just… Ash, and if you like him cold for the most part, you’d just like him even more here in the book!
In comparison to Ash, Puck is a lot more talkative and expressive. But maybe the quest is awfully lengthy, or maybe Ash is not the best person to recite Puck’s side of the dialogue, I just find Puck a little annoying and a lot less fun in this book.
Personally, I don’t find this as entertaining as the other books that I’ve read from the series. While I like Ash’s dedication to complete the quest and I like that he is fiercely loyal to those whom he values, he doesn’t come across as someone I’d care much about in an empathic way and so, while I appreciate the narration of the full journey of the quest, there is not much that I feel particularly excited.
I can understand that the quest is not an easy one and that it is full of danger. But maybe I was expecting something more magical and mysterious that when things were going on in a fairly predictable manner, I found myself yawning and drifting a little while I was reading the book late into the midnight hours.
In the end, I’m glad that the epilogue is narrated by Meghan. I’d never thought I’d miss her voice so much but I did! It’s just such a refreshing and welcoming change that I actually read the epilogue twice to honor her presence at the end of the book!
Although The Iron Knight is not one of my favorites, I think it is still a must-read for those who are fans of Ash. I like that this book helps to conclude the story of Meghan and Ash with an ending that is memorable. If you like a book that ends on a happily-ever-after note, I believe you’d find this a satisfying-read.