The Violet Hour: October 2, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Review – The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, #4) by Julie Kagawa

Expected publication October 25th 2011

ISBN 0373210361 (ISBN13: 9780373210367)

Source: Provided by publisher via NetGalley for an honest review


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.”

THE IRON KNIGHT well and truly blew me away. I have been a Julie Kagawa fan since I first read The Iron Daughter, quickly devouring it and the stories following it. Considering her way with amazingly awesome storylines, I had no idea what to expect. I just knew that I was going to cry. And I wasn’t wrong.

Told from Ash’s perspective, Kagwa takes us on an incredible journey so heavy that I remember thinking at the halfway mark, “What ELSE can happen?!”. Ash, Puck and the rest of the crew had made it through so much at that point that I couldn’t imagine what lay ahead. Even with all the action, it never felt like too much was being crammed into the book. The plot twists were almost too much to handle, and I seriously thought I was going to have a heart attack as certain events unfolded. I loved finding out more about my favorite characters.

I, for one, had definitely forgotten what it meant for them to be fey. I’d gotten to used to thinking of Puck as the goofy best friend, and Ash as the distant, yet caring prince. The reminder that we’re given chilled me to the bone. Julie Kagawa has mastered the art of captivating her audience. There was a time when I kept waiting for the other proverbial shoe to drop, and was strung along to the point of almost accepting what was happening, only to be kicked in the stomach. 
There is so much that I want to say in this review, but everything would be considered a spoiler, and I won’t do that. I will just say that if you haven’t read this series yet, you need to do so right now. It was my first series in the faery genre, and quickly became one of my all-time favorites as I fell in love with each book. Excellent world building, character development, solid writing… The Iron Fey series has it all. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

ENEMY WITHIN by Angeline Kace

Half-vampire Brooke Keller rid the world of her worst enemy only to find out the world’s most powerful vampire wants her dead. And this time, she’s not only fighting vampires, but a deadly disease that threatens to take her best friend’s life.

Torn between Jaren and Mirko, Brooke struggles to convince her best friend to change over, keep her monster at bay, and learns her enemies are deeper within than she could have ever imagined.

Will love be enough to quell the darkness?

Does good really conquer evil?”

Coming in Spring 2012

Start the Vampire Born Trilogy here..


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