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Julie Kagawa is a master storyteller, one who is in a league of her own. She blew me away with the original three Iron Fey books, and she has once again left me in awe with The Iron Knight. As a proud and loyal member of Team Ash, I had been looking forward to this book ever since it was announced and am so glad I finally had time to sit down and read it. It’s such an amazing book that I cried a couple times while reading it, which doesn’t happen often.
Ash is presented in a new light, one that reveals the many layers, tortured thoughts, and passionate loyalty he possesses. I wasn’t sure how I would like seeing things through his eyes, but I quickly found myself understanding his character on a whole new level. I also enjoyed the different perspective we’re given on the world of Faery. Ash already knows this world–knows how it works, how to navigate its twists and turns–yet there are still parts of it he doesn’t know and Ms. Kagawa has expanded the world in all the right ways.
As much as this story is about Ash, it’s also about his relationships with those around him. Puck helps break up the tension and is the perfect foil for Ash. Grimalkin, as always, is enjoyably annoying. A somewhat new character, Wolf, steps into the spotlight and compliments Grim’s personality perfectly.
One character I was not expecting to meet is Ariella, Ash’s former love. She is an exquisite character and I am so glad she helps shed light on Ash’s past.