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. Goodreads
About the Book:
Author: Julie Kagawa
Book length: 400 pages
Series: Iron Fey #4
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance, Fairies, Magic, Fae, Paranormal, Adventure, Fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5 quills
Starting reading: May 5
Finished reading: May 9
“I have come from the End of the World. From the River of Dreams, through the gauntlet and the Briar and the Deep Wyld, in order to stand before you today. I have but one request—to take my place at your side. To resume my duty as your knight, and to protect you and your kingdom for as long as I draw breath.”
What did I think of the book? [spoilers]
THIS WAS MARVELOUS!! I’m in love…..
A story from Ash’s POV. The first three books were in Megan’s POV, but we know she became the Iron Queen and has to rule her kingdom. We found out the Iron kingdom is poisonous for the fae of the Nevernever, so of course it’s poisonous to Ash aswell. This is the story of Ash’s journey to find way to be with Meghan. He had to, not only because he loves her with all his heart, can’t say soul yet hehe, but also because of his vow to her. His vow is the greatest thing a knight could give to another being. Ash vowed his life, heart and everything he is and will be to her.
So what do you do when you want to be with the girl you love and to uphold your vow? Go to the end of the world right? Yes, that’s exactly wha Ash will do. The only thing Ash can do to be with Meghan is become human. This book holds the adventure of Ash following the way to his soul and therefore his humanity.
At the beginning of the journey he admits his doesn’t fully know what is means to be human. But he is willing to do everything about it. It is a true delight to see Puck, Grimalkin and Ash working together in a friendly way for once. Ash’s journey is already hard enough without the bickering and fighting. His journey is not only tough in the way of tests and challenges, but also in a personal way.
The challenges are tests no one ever lived to tell about. But his past will haunt him and help him. His friends stand the choice of completing the journey or bailing on Ash. For them, too, the journey is next to impossible, but he can’t complete it without them.
His personal growth throughout the book is splendid. The growth of the relationship between Grimalkin, Puck and Ash is touching. Ash grows from the ice prince he is into a fae with a figurative soul. He shows humanity without actually having a soul and being human. Julie displays this so beautifully. She surprises us all with the extra characters included in the story. For now I call them his haunting past and the biggest and baddest one there is. Even they play an important role in Ash’s journey to the end of the world and beyond.
Like I said in past review of this series. I see a lot of people being bothered by the love story in it. I still don’t!! This book is about Ash’s journey to be with the love of his life. Don’t like these love stories? Don’t read them is my advice. As I was saying, I love the way Julie writes a love story. It’s not cheesy or overly focussed on the lovey dovey stuff. But the main subject of the story is the love between Ash and Meghan. And to keep using the word love, I LOVE IT!!
I like the parts of Puck and Grimalkin in this story a lot. It’s not only the comic relief from Puck and the sarcasm of Grimalkin. They play a huge part in this story. As I’ve said before, without them Ash wouldn’t have made it. What was mostly surprising in this book is the growth between Ash and Puck. Not the jealous, funny trickster Puck, but the real Puck.
So the definition of going to the end of the world for someone is changed since I’ve finished this book. Love can never have low expectations anymore. So thank Julie for that. Just kidding I love it and will for many years to come.
After the terribly sad ending of the third book, this final book has a satisfying ending to the story of Meghan and Ash.
I can’t wait to read the next three books in the world of the Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten. But my TBR is like Mount Everest tbh. So when I make the final decision that I will definitely start reading The Lost Prince, I will definitely write reviews on those book aswell!!
Okay now I’m gonna sit in a corner and cry a bit for this story to be finished. [I’ll be okay again, don’t you worry] ;]