Published in 2011 by Harlequin Teen
Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.
Unless he can earn a soul.
To cold, emotionless 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 solemn 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. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.
And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Let’s talk about the plot:
Okay, so I knew from the first page this would be a total bittersweet read. I discovered the Iron Fey series back last year and fell in love with the bookworld. The writing is so simple but magical and it’s endlessly amazing! The words just flow so well and you feel like you’re experiencing everything along with the characters.
This fourth book was all about Ash, he has a quest to find himself a soul and become mortal, so he can reunite with his love in the Iron Court.
What follows is an exceptionally emotional roller coaster of emotions, lots of discoveries and a lot of revelations. And shock. So much shock. It was amazing and this was a story I didn’t want to end.
Let’s talk about the characters:
Ash, former Prince of the Winter Court, he’s lovely. He faced so many inner demons in this book, and honestly I was shocked to know what he used to be before Meaghan. But in saying that I had always wondered what his life was like before hand, what had he done to make him so filled with hatred, so, icy (I went there). He’d definitely had his fair share of cruelty delivered to him, but he dished it out too. But the book also remains true to the fact that Meaghan changed him, and he would always be loyal to her, even when a ‘ghost’ from his past resurfaces. This book also dealer with his long standing rivalry with Puck, and it was fabulous to see them bantering as always.
Puck , prankster of the Summer Court, is one of my all time favourite fictional supporting characters. He’s so precious and I love his goofy ways, he remains loyal to Ash even though they were arch enemies one upon a time and Ash had a death wish towards Puck. This character had always proved himself the comic relief throughout the books, and that definitely continued here, but also he faced his own angst and we learn how much he sacrificed in this book. It was definitely emotional to see Ash and Puck stand united throughout this book, and we definitely need more of Puck in this world.
Ariella, is Ash’s first love, lost to him many moons ago. Truth be told I thought what had happened to her (we learn through flashbacks) in book 1, but I was surprised when she got mentioned more in this book and came back (not in the way one may think) partway through. Being a total Ash, Meaghan shipper, I was weary of Ariella, was she cooking up something nasty? But nonetheless I definitely felt for her by the end, she proved to be very selfless. The only thing that made me cringe was Ash’s reaction to her throughout, but I don’t blame him. You could tell how much they loved one another.
Greymalkin the fae cat is another fabulous supporting character. A talking cat? Brilliant. I could picture his reactions through the book and he was a classic cat character, definitely a top animal character for me. His lines and actions had me laughing out loud. So brilliant.
Definitely my favourite book in the series, very well written and I honestly couldn’t hope for a better ending to Meaghan and Ash’s story. So many scenes throughout has me so emotional, and I’m looking forward to reading the next volume of Iron Fey books.
And that concludes my review, thanks for reading. Til next time, happy reading,