Blog Tour: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa Review and Excerpt

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa Blog Tour VIP

We are jumping for joy here today at OUaT. Our Stop in The Iron Knight Blog Tour has arrived. This series is one of our favorite series of all times. So of course we couldn't pass on participating on the tour. Today we bring you a excerpt for The Iron Knight and Yara's review of The Iron Knight. The excerpt is part of a excerpt scavenger hunt, follow each blog in order to read the excepts in order. So make sure you start from the beginning of the tour. See full schedule HERE. The next stop on the tour is over at Page Turner Blog tomorrow.

Julie Kagawa Links: Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter

Author Bio: Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, when she was nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish and the odd eel.

When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.

To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time.

Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks is at an all- time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyperactive Papillon.

And now from The Iron Knight:
"Emotion corrupts the senses, makes them weak, makes them disloyal to kith and court. Jealousy was a dark, dangerous passion that ate at my brother Rowan until he did the unthinkable and turned on his court, betraying us to our enemies. Sage, my eldest sibling, fell to Rowan’s treachery, and he was only the first. In a bid for power, Rowan sided with our greatest enemies, the Iron fey, helping their king nearly destroy the Nevernever."

The Iron Knight
Iron Fey #4
Author: Julie Kagawa
Pages: 361 Paperback
Reading Level: YA
Published: October 25th 2011
Review Source: Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc. 
Available: Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Indiebound

Summary: (from goodreads) My name- my True Name- is Ashallyn'darkmyr Tallyn. I am the last remaining song 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 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 faery 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 its end- a quest to find a way to honor his vow to stand by Meghan's side.

To survive 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.

Once again my 5 trees is not enough. I should have a design of a full forest for the books that just stay with you after you are done reading them. I was excited to begin reading The Iron Knight but at the same time, I knew it would be a sad day when I finished reading it. I didn't want my journey to end in the NeverNever. I wanted to continue to follow along in the journey of Prince Ash, Meghan and Robin Goodfellow. The way Julie Kagawa writes you feel as though your a part of the fairy tale. The journey with each book in The Iron Fey series has just been amazing. There are a handful of series that are phenomenal like this series. 

The first thing I was super excited about going into The Iron Knight is that the story was told from Prince Ash's point of view. The first 3 before have always been in Meghan's point of view. To finally get inside Ash's head was such a gift from Julie to us the readers. Ash is so shut off to the world, so being able to know what he was thinking or feeling just made me fall even more in love with his character. The camaraderie that exists between Prince Ash and Puck throughout the book was excellent, even though they don't want to admit they care from one another. The way Julie wrote this 4th book and how she took it and broke it down into these sections of Ash's journey to seek what he needs to be with Meghan once again just blew me away. The detail Julie brings to each page or just one simple word, is so vibrant. You can follow the story with such ease in your mind that it feels you are watching a movie on the big screen. 

The Iron Knight begins as Prince Ash and Puck are searching for the enigmatic Grimalkin. They need him so they can find who can help Ash become what he seeks. Prince Ash wants to become mortal so he can enter the Iron Realm to return to the new Iron Queen Meghan. He made his vow to her that he would return and he  will stop at nothing to complete his vow. Of course its sounds easy, a simple task of finding the cat. Wrong! Let's just say its a rough journey for both Ash and Puck looking for a cat that when he wants to be found he will be. Once the cat and the guys have been reunited, they must immediately set off on their course. They must find this seer that only knows how Ash can become mortal. They pick up along the way a very known wolf. The big bad wolf was sent by Ash's mother Queen Mab to help Ash reach his destination. The seer has been found and to Ash and Puck's surprise, they can't believe who it is. This will test Ash in way he wasn't prepared for. Will Ash maintain that vow he promised to Meghan or will this new discovery change everything.  There so much more that takes place but I just don't want to get to deep into it and spoil the story for those of you that have not read the book yet. Be prepared to suffer, cry, laugh and many more emotions with Ash as his journey starts to reach its end. Will Ash succeed? Only one way to find out.  READ! 

Julie immersed everyone in such vivid detail, I honestly don't think I have read any other book or series with the amount of detail that Julie creates. Everything about The Iron Knight is Phenomenal! It is a sad day that we have reached the end of The Iron Fey, but I'm super excited to begin a whole new story and world with Julie. Thank you Julie for for everything you put into creating this amazing series. It was a journey I won't soon forget. 

1 comment:

  1. Yara, thanks for the review. I can't wait to read this book, but you're right it is sad to see one of your favorite series come to an end. I love how Julie told the final installment from Ash's point of view. I appreciate the chance to get a new perspective on the characters through a different set of eyes. It's something that is not often done - especially when most adhere to the motto, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." I'm glad that she took a creative risk.


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