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The Iron Knight: The Iron Fey, Book 4 | [Julie Kagawa]

The Iron Knight: The Iron Fey, Book 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…."
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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…."

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.

BONUS AUDIO: An interview with author Julie Kagawa and one of the narrators of the Iron Fey series, Khristine Hvam.

©2010 Julie Kagawa (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    MAB Toronto, Ontario, Canada 01-03-13
    MAB Toronto, Ontario, Canada 01-03-13 Member Since 2010

    Fiction: I like Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Romance, Classics. Non-Fiction: I like Historical, Military, Memoirs.

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    "Unexpectedly pleased"
    Where does The Iron Knight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Of all audiobooks? I'm not sure. In the series? I thought it was one of the best books in the Iron Fey series, and that surprised me. I'm always a little put out when the point-of-view is suddenly changed, mid-series, but I found myself loving Ash a lot more after finishing this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Iron Knight?

    Ash getting caught in the middle of a jealous showdown when an unexpected visitor shows up in Meghan's dream.


    What three words best describe MacLeod Andrews’s performance?

    Not. Khristine. Hvam.

    MacLeod Andrews has a great voice and does a great job narrating. His characterizations are very well done, but he doesn't quite get Ash's voice. I kind of felt like Ash was being voiced as a tough, New York thug...but an emo thug. I found it a bit odd. I thought he might have gone a little over the top when expressing Ash's despair and longing. I would gladly listen to another book narrated by him, however. He has a great voice.


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

    No extreme reaction, but I was sad to see Meghan's and Ash's story come to a close (so Iron Prophecy was a nice bonus).


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't sure how much I'd like a full-length Iron Fey book that's missing Meghan for most of the book, but I was pleasantly surprised.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle red oak, TX, United States 11-10-11
    Michelle red oak, TX, United States 11-10-11
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    "Narrator is hot but his Ash voice... not so much"

    Ash has lived a long time in the Nevernever but he is still young enough to be romantically involved with 16 yr old Meghan yet the narrator made Ash sound like a 40yr old man. I imagine it is creepy for a younger reader.

    But I have to admit MacLeod Andrews has a sexy rumble to his voice. He is also very handsome. Every other character is spot on except... Grimalkin! Seriously!? How could Grim be ruined? Well, he sounds like a horny old man! He MOANS alot! Before and after everything he says he moans. Its gross. Grim is my favorite character but I cringe every time he spoke. The voice for Meghan in the other Iron King series does a perfect interpretation of him though.

    Synopsis:
    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.




    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Hudson, OH, United States 11-06-12
    Wendy Hudson, OH, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Super exciting 4th adventure!"
    Where does The Iron Knight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Iron Knight is in the top 20 of all fantasy/sci-fi books in my library. It is the fourth book in the series which tends to be boring and overdone by that time. This one is very different because it comes from a different perspective. There is much feeling and growth in the characters and you are cheering for how they come together as friends. I am actually on my second listen and it is better the second time. The voice performance is good, but it is a little difficult at first to get used to because the voices have all been done by a female(who did a great job) in the previous three books. I love it and I know I will listen to it again. If you love the Twilight Series, I think this one is just as good and maybe a little better.


    What other book might you compare The Iron Knight to and why?

    I would compare it to Harry Potter in the 6th and 7th novels, with a mix of "The Mummy" and "Indiana Jones." It is also a love story and I'm not sure what to compare it to, but it was a very good love story, not too mushy but the end made me teary and that doesn't happen very often. It is also very funny.


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    None that I know of.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I could not stop listening to it. In fact, I am exhausted from staying up late trying to finish it (for the second time).


    Any additional comments?

    The whole series is fantastic. I love it. I'm so happy I own it and know that I can listen to it whenever I want. I know I will want to listen to it again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    The Reading Date CA, United States 02-08-14
    The Reading Date CA, United States 02-08-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm an audiobook addict and blog about books at The Reading Date. My favorite genres are YA, New Adult, Fiction & Memoirs.

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    "Distracting narration"

    Even though I’m a big fan of Ash, this was maybe too much of a good thing. It was intense hearing his thoughts and inner turmoil for the whole book. I think that it was necessary due to the nature of the story to have Ash narrate; I just think that Meghan is a good balance to Ash’s moodiness and she was missed. It sounds like I didn’t like the story, but I really was ultimately satisfied. It took some time to get used to Ash’s voice and settle in at first but once the story got going I liked the choices Kagawa made.

    Ash is on a quest that takes him to the end of the world to complete a task that no other fae has accomplished before. If he’s successful he will be that much closer to being with his true love Meghan. He has some help on his journey from Robin Goodfellow aka Puck, and Grimalkin, that sly cat, along with some other surprise companions. If you like the Puck and Ash bromance let me say that you will not be disappointed in The Iron Knight. Ash’s trek is not easy and there are a lot of curveballs thrown at him that make you wonder whether he is on the right path after all. The journey is heart wrenching and unexpected and allows you to see what Ash is really made out of.

    The audiobook, however, was a struggle to get through. As much as it pains me to say, I think narrator MacLeod Andrews was miscast for this book. I’m a huge fan of his narration of the book Will Grayson, Will Grayson; in fact it is one of my favorite audiobooks. Maybe it’s because I read the other books in the series and had my own idea of how the characters should sound that I ended up disappointed. I think I would have preferred if Andrews read the book straight rather than giving the characters distinct voices. His choices ended up being distracting, particularly for the voices of Ash, Puck and Grimalkin. The narrator for the other books in the series is Khristine Hvam, and she also makes a brief appearance in this audiobook. I really liked her voice for Meghan but I understand it would be weird for her to narrate this book as its Ash’s story. Though the audiobook didn’t work for me, if you like audiobooks listen to a sample and perhaps you’ll enjoy it more than I did.

    One thing I really enjoyed is at the end of the audiobook there is an interview with author Julie Kagawa and audiobook narrator Khristine Hvam. I loved hearing Kagawa discuss her writing process, favorite characters, and inspirations for the books. Hvam asks great questions and it’s obvious she has great affection for the series. Hvam also talks about the process that goes into audiobook narration and I just found the whole conversation fascinating.

    Though I had mixed feelings about the final Iron Fey book I’m so glad I read it through to the conclusion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheri United States 07-18-13
    Cheri United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "how could such a good story go soooo bad???"

    I loved this series until I started the 4th book. While MacLeod Andrews is a very good narrator, his portrayal of Grim has really brought the enjoyment level of this book down. I suppose it's in a effort to try to make the cat character sound like he is purring, but it only succeeds in sounding like whine, whine, whine, moan and groan. Grims voice is so annoying that I have started to dread his part in the book. There is little about the story so far that is uplifting ( I'm only about 2/3rds the way through the first part of the book). So much of it is dark and depressing without enough expectation from the characters to lighten the load.
    Still, I am persevering in hopes that the dark will soon end and the hope and light will be just around the corner. Such a disappointment to what was a wonderful series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 05-17-13
    Kristin Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 05-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Ash's POV novel."
    What did you love best about The Iron Knight?

    I enjoyed the break from Meghan Chase as narrator within the Iron Fey series.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have elminated a lot of Ash's internal brooding over which girl he'd ultimately choose. It was repetitive and useless because aside from expressing that he loved Ariella once - which we already knew at this point and had been well established in this novel as well - it was not really useful to the story and just made it drag on.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ash's final trial to gain a soul is the best scene in this book because it is touching and actually made me tear up despite the general annoyance that I felt for Ash and Meghan's relationship and Ash in general throughout the series.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This seems very similar to the last question, but the OTHER scene that moved me was Ariella's sacrifice at the ensoullment ceremony.


    Any additional comments?

    This is almost the end of Meghan and Ash's journey. After this novel the only story left is Iron's Prophecy which links the Meghan Chase arc in the Ethan Chase arc - which begins in The Lost Prince - even more than it already is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trista arlington, VA, United States 05-12-13
    Trista arlington, VA, United States 05-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Lacks the whining which ruined the other books"

    this book contains a much higher quality of writing the the rest of the books. The male narrative lacks much of the whining topics that were present and all but ruined the other books. I like the world created for this series. However, every time I would pick up a book I would quickly regret it. Once finished I would be determined not to finish the series. eventually I would pick up the next book on sale. This story was the first I didn't regret getting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Becky Cherryville, MO, United States 12-17-11
    Becky Cherryville, MO, United States 12-17-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book !!!!!!!!"

    This was a great book, I really hope that there will be another, the ending was kind of short and didn't really explain everything.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charity Monroe, GA, United States 11-07-11
    Charity Monroe, GA, United States 11-07-11
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    "Love the series"

    I absolutely love the series. However, after listening to Khristine Hvam narrate the first 3 books. I had a hard time adjusting to MacLeod Andrews. I REALLY do not like the voice he has given Grimalkin. But still... a great series!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Sarasota, FL, United States 04-06-14
    Melissa Sarasota, FL, United States 04-06-14 Listener Since 2008
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    "Nice to see things from Ash prospective"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Iron Knight to be better than the print version?

    I love audio books. The one thing I don't like is when the narrator for a series changes. I know why they did it for this one because of the change in prospective but that is the one thing I would fault with this one.


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a great job with his proformance. Voices were great. For me that is something you don't get if you read the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't want to give anything away, but when Ari makes her choice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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