Some spoilers. This turned it a bit of a rant. Sorry in advance.
The Iron Knight
The Iron Fey #4
My name – my True Name – is Ashallayn’ darkmyr Tallyn. I am the last remaining son 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 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.
A lot of people LOVE this series. I am not one of them. While I actually really enjoy the plot line of the first 3 books and was totally invested in figuring out what happens, I found them all relatively slow and boring and I hate, Hate, HATE Meghan Chase. She beats Bella Swan for my least favorite female character of all time (as of now). I don’t know what it is about her that makes me want to bang my head against the wall for hours on end, but she does. I probably would have been able to share some more concrete reasons for my hate if I hadn’t completely forgotten to write a review after I finished The Iron Queen back in the beginning of February.
And let’s just say I was extremely happy to finally be done with the first three books and Meghan’s narration. I’m not sure if I would have really continued with the series if I hadn’t stupidly bought the audiobooks awhile back. But I did, so I had to get my moneys worth. And that’s what led us here today. I have finally finished all four books of The Iron Fey series.
Right off the bat I have to say that this book was 1000% times better simply because Meghan is not in it for like 95% of the book. I thank all the gods of the world for this fact. The story, instead, is told from Ash’s POV, which when it comes down to it, isn’t all that better.
But really, why I couldn’t find it in myself to give this book more than 2.5 stars is that it’s BORING. Ash is on an epic quest to find a soul because for some reason I will NEVER understand, he wants to spend the rest of his life with Meghan. Excuse me while I go throw up.
I’m back. So epic quest. Fun times. NOT. This entire book is just Ash whining, with a few dull fight scenes. The only redemption is Puck. And that just makes me angry because it reminds me how these books royally fucked over Puck.
And then, there are, of course, the last few chapters which basically live out Ash’s life and Meghan is there in all her annoyingness and….
Also, Ariella (I think that’s her name. I don’t really care.) is somehow back and then we have Ash contemplating ignoring his promise to be Meghan so he can be with Ariella, but he can’t because he’s a fairy and then I felt bad for Meghan. And I HATE feeling bad for characters I don’t like. But Ash wasn’t winning any points with me when he made it seem like he was just going back to Meghan because of the promise. “I’m only here because I’m a dumbass and I make a lot of unbreakable oaths in the heat of the moment, but I really wish I could be back with my ex who I thought was dead.” Way to make a girl feel special, Winter Prince. He sorts that out eventually, but still.
And I’m done ranting. There is a spin off series featuring Meghan’s little brother Ethan, but as that seems to mean I will have more Meghan to deal with, I will probably not be reading that. We’ll see. I might feel masochistic one day.