The Iron Knight is the fourth and final book in The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa. This review won't make any sense if you haven't read the first three books. (If you haven't read them, do it NOW!)
I've been Team Ash from day one. Don't get me wrong, I love me some Puck but I see way too many similarities between him and me for me to swoon over him. When I recovered from my ugly crying at the end of The Iron Queen I comforted myself with the knowledge that I would get to spend more time with Ash in The Iron Knight. I'm pretty sure everyone in Utah heard my fangirl squeal when I got the email saying that I could download the ARC. I devoured this book in two days and absolutely loved it!
There is so much I want to say about this book but I hate spoilers so I refuse to include any in my review. I will just stick to the things we know from the plot summary and my general impressions. The Iron Knight is the story of Ash's quest to find a way to be with Meghan in the Iron Realm. I loved being in Ash's head but it took some getting used to. The thing about changing character point of view is that you have to get to know the narrator all over again. I thought I knew Ash but I really only knew Meghan's version of Ash. It was almost like meeting a brand new character. Of course I fell in love with Ash again but I had to work at it a little bit. This isn't the swoon-worthy, protector that I knew in the other books. He was still those things but I also got to see the skeletons in his closet and those scared me a little bit. Ash's journey isn't easy; in fact it's almost impossible. He is warned multiple times to not even attempt it but he will not be deterred from the vow he made to Meghan. So with the help of some unlikely friends and by digging deep into himself he sets out on a journey to get a soul. I'm not going to say whether he is successful or not, you'll have to wait until October to find out.
This book, through its ups and downs, is a masterpiece. In a time when YA lit is being attacked on one side for being too dark and on the other for being fluff The Iron Knight is a shining example of why both of those theories are not true. This is a book that forces its main characters and its readers to take a hard look at themselves. The book focuses on the importance of keeping promises, on overcoming our dark side, of loyalty to friends, and the value of a human soul. Lessons that everyone, no matter how young or old, need to learn.