You know what made The Iron Knight the best book of this series so far? Almost no Meghan. Heroine and main POV of the first three books, here she is effectively sidelined after she so spectacularly took possession of the Iron Realm in the last one (it’s a thing; just pretend you know what that means) and was forced to part from her Dearest Love and Only Thought She Ever Has EVER, Ash, prince of the fae.
But Ash is equally obsessed with Meghan, and so this book is taken up with him attempting to find a way into the Iron Realm to be with her. Except! The only way he can do that is to gain a soul. (Why don’t fae have souls? What even ARE souls? And what do souls have to do with anything, anyway? Oh, silly human, don’t ask such impertinent questions. Just watch some Buffy the Vampire Slayer and take it as read that in order to be a real person you need a soul. Period.)
Ash, in company of Robin Goodfellow, who also loves Meghan — so much that he helps Ash try to get to her; selfless and adorable, he deserves so much better — and the snarky Grimalkin, whimsical kitty-cat guide, along with some friends old and new, spends the book undergoing tests to prove himself worthy, and has a couple of big decisions to make, especially when he is confronted with the reality of his Perfect Dead Girlfriend, the dreary Ariella.
It’s all very exciting, there are many twists and turns and terrors to face, and between it all, Ash almost has us convinced that Meghan is worth all this trouble. Then we see her again and, well, no. Pah. Meghan. She’s worse than Ariella, almost. Turns out Ash has a type.
And with this, the fourth book, the Iron Fey series is at last complete, so hurrah for that! There is a follow-up trilogy, The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, all about Ethan Chase, Meghan’s younger brother, whose abduction in the first book began all this wackiness… but yeah, nah. I think I’m done.
Bye, Nevernever! I’ll never, never see you again. And I’m cool with that.
TBR DAY 20: The Iron Knight (Iron Fey #4) by Julie Kagawa
GENRE: YA Fantasy
TIME ON THE TBR: 2 years.
PURCHASED FROM: Op shop.