As someone who has read such books as the Game of Thrones, LOTR, Harry Potter, and the Dresden Files, I was pleasantly surprised by this lighthearted series' new depth in this additional perspective to the Megan Chase saga.
There's a softer side to the Winter Prince that only this tale can surmise. Normally the teenage boy made for a YA's female reader is a disappointing, melodramatic, emo-baby who can't stop complaining long enough to move the story along. Julie Kagawa did a great job of using the plot of this story to explain the why's of this character's jaded attitude while captivating the audience's attention with a well paced tale of enchantment and mortality.
Andrew's didn't fake the emotion the character faced nor did he overdo the torrent of emotion. The bi-polar like influx felt by the main character (justifiably so - for once) must have been a challenge to convey appropriately, but MacLeod Andrews nailed it.
Oh I teared up. Who wouldn't? Julie Kagawa brought YA's to a whole new level. I'm an adult in my mid 20's and this hit a realm of humanity that I haven't reached since Rand's The Fountainhead. It was impressive that a great tale with deep characters facing profound transformations could truly be captured in the literary range applicable to young adults. Kagawa raised the bar.
I found myself amply surprised by the plot twists in this book where I was thoroughly annoyed with the main character in the rest of the series for not recognizing the course of action necessary chapters earlier - but that could be due to my age and experience level (most likely it was appropriate hand holding required for the age group for which this series was intended).
The book itself is good. The narration for this particular book in the series just doesn't seem to fit. I really want to stop listening every time the narrator portray the cats voice.
Holter Graham may have been a better choice; mature voice and sophisticated but not stodgy.
Book is great, narrator not so much.
Kagawa - not again. Andrews the narrator - sure.
Not if this is typical of her writing style and characters. I didn't care for the overall feeling of depression and moroseness which seemed (to me) to permeat the story. The prince's character just kept reminding me in way of Thomas covenant (the unbeliever series).
I ended up fast forwarding through chapters a number of times and wishing the story would get more interesting. I have not read any of the other books in the series and have no desire to do so now.
I wasn't thrilled with the narrator's versions of the characters but not sure how much of that is due to the book itself. I'd give the narrator another try.
For me - no. For those who've read the previous books, probably. It continues the story of Megan and Ash (sp?). Though 90% is about Ash and his personal issues.
Glad I got this one sale :)
I really can't wait for the new series to come out involving the brother! This is the last book in the series and I was so sad that it was over. I love the Young Adult books because it has much more story to it instead of the sex fillers. I also like that there is no cursing in them. When I tend to listen to something over and over (like bad words) I start using the words. Not even thinking about it. This book was the perfect ending to the series and I love the interview at the end between the reader and author. Very insightful.
That the Knight finally got what he wanted and wouldn't let anything stand in his way.
MacLeod Andrews brings the characters alive! I used to read all the time but since my son introduced me to audible books I hardly ever pick up a tradition book. When I listen to these books it is like watching a scene in my head. The voices that MacLeod Andrews does is just perfect for each character. After the the other books the only character that was hard to get used to was the cat but the voice really was perfect for a cat LOL!
Iron will wins out!
As a Guy, I can not see myself going through all the deep emotional discussions and angony in my head that can last for pages. As far as I know, typical guys just don't disect our emotions like the book implies. For a cold blooded killer like "iceboy" he seems a little bit more feminie than masculine. I finished the book but it was definately a chore. I loved the reader though and thought he did a really good job, especially with Puc. My daughter loves the book and wants to hear the other books now....which sort of makes my point.
Ariella. Her self sacrifice.
Unique personal emotion.
A great youth fantasy. Looking forward to book 2
The forbidden romance and epic Journey Ash much endure to be with Meghan.
It is a toss up between Puck and Ash......
Not sure, but I think he did great with this one.
Happy endings are always the best
I was happy the story ended the way it did
A gauntlet adventure I will never forget
Why are there always lot of monsters on the path of true love
This is the 4th book in a great light hearted series. This is the first book in which we hear through the voice of the fairy prince who wants to become human so that he can be with the girl he fell in love with. The story begins at the hut of Babba Yaga and takes you through to the end of the fairy world with many adventures. The interaction between Ash and Puck and the cat siddhe Grimalkin is as entertaining as usual. Megan is only an incidental character in this book.
The Iron Knight was a great ending to a great series. Told from Ash's point of view instead of Megan's, the Iron Knight had a different feel than the other three books. I liked seeing the characters from a different vantage point, but definitely missed Megan since she wasn't a huge character in the book. I enjoyed getting to see into Ash's past and learning about what made him the hardened winter prince that he was when Megan met him.