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.
Favorite Quote: “Even if it takes a hundred years, I will be with her in the end.”
DISCLAIMER: SPOILERS AHEAD (ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE SERIES!!)
First, let me get a shout out for the opening page “Team Ash, this one is for you.” Boy was it!!
The book starts where the last installment leaves off (ok more like where the novella leaves off but it’s not a huge story so I’m not really counting it–BTW I didn’t care for Puck’s POV on that one) and Ash is on a mission to find a way to become human so that he can return to Meghan in the Iron Realm. This book is the first full book not told in Meghan’s POV and I really like it. Oh did I like it.
Ash goes on a journey with Puck, Grim, and The Wolf to find the End of the World where he will be able to claim his soul and become human. Grim explains that a seer must tell them how to get there so when they find the seer who is it? Arielle!! OMG. She explains that she never died and has been waiting for Ash all these years to come to complete his journey. They join forces and start down the River of Dreams to the E of the W with several mishaps and stops along with way. Once they reach the gates for the E of the W, they as a group must run a gauntlet of tasks so that Ash can get the trials (which he will face alone) in the Testing Grounds.
The trials were tough for me to read. I’m not going to lie, I cried. A LOT. When Ash faced his last trial and he was in the Iron Kingdom I do have to admit I fell for it. I thought it was real. That being said, while I thought it was real I was a bit mad at how it set up. It jumped so much so quickly; marriage, a kid, old age, death. I was like I read all of these books for this?!?! NO!!!!! Obviously that was not the end of the book but since I’m giving so much away already I will leave the ending out, but suffice it to say I was happy. 🙂
Though it took me a much longer time to read this series (I’m still blaming the faery part of the story for this) I really did like it and hope to read more from Ms Kagawa in the future. If you read this series and are not Team Ash by the end I don’t know what to tell you because Ash will always have a place on my list of favorite characters of all time.
Damn you Julie Kagawa. Damn you for making me cry for a faery book!!!