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Samantha

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  • The Iron Knight: The Iron Fey, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
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    "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…."

    MAB says: "Unexpectedly pleased"
    "New depths raise the bar for YA"
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    What did you love best about The Iron Knight?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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).

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