Main Character: Ash
Love Interest: Who else?
Series: The Iron Fae, 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…
Oh man, Ash. Ever since I met Ash in the beginning of the series, I wanted more from him. I wanted to know his thoughts and his feelings as he was feeling them instead of getting them secondhand through Meghan. Julie Kagawa made that possible by writing this book and she’s like my favorite person right now because of that.
This book is told through Ash’s point of view and it was so good to finally get to know Ash, through Ash. I ate this book up and just couldn’t get enough because well, because of Ash. This book follows Ash as he goes on this quest to become human. He wants to become human because Meghan is now the ruler of the Iron Kingdom and the fae and the iron don’t really mix well. The fae get hurt if they try to get near and so that’s what has prompted Ash to be human so that he could get the girl, truly get the girl in the end.
Everyone say it with me now, AWWWWW!
It’s so weird to see all of these emotions coming from the guy who was so cold and so frosty (haha) at times with everyone around him. He was taught that showing any kind of emotion was a weakness and so he never did. He didn’t have that happy childhood that everyone deserves and yet I still adored him. Kagawa showed us the Ash that we didn’t know, the Ash that surprised me as I was reading about it all. He wasn’t this sunshiny personality like Puck is and as awful as he was, my heart was already his for the taking and Kagawa does a great job of redeeming him in my eyes. There was a time or two when I wasn’t so sure that he should be forgiven but then I would think about how this is Ash, then I’d think about the quest that he’s on now and the person that he is now. He wasn’t the same person that he used to be and more than anything, my heart went out to him.
Over the course of this book, a lot of things pop off and right from the jump, I was invested in the story and the characters. I’ve already come to love the characters in this book, especially Ash so I was rooting them on from the very start. This whole journey was all over the place and Ash literally went to the ends of the earth for Meghan and my heart went all soft for him at every turn of this book. He wasn’t always perfect, he got on my nerves some of the time but never once did I stop loving him.
Kagawa does a great job of keeping the reader interested in what comes next. The world that she built for this series is amazing and you never really know what to expect next which is something that I enjoyed. In this series, anything goes and I ate it all up. I will say that as much as I adored getting to know Ash on a more personal level, I kind of missed Meghan. I missed hearing her thoughts, becoming annoyed with her and overall, I just missed her. I guess, I’m used to hearing what she thinks about everything and it was weird to not get all Meghan, all the time.
I will say that I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed all of the ups, the downs and seeing everyone again. It was a great ending to a series that I wasn’t ready to end but man, it was great. I definitely recommend this book to fans of this series because really, if you love Ash (and who doesn’t?) then you’re going to love this book. Heck, even if you’re a Puck fan, you’ll enjoy this one. I promise!
..and that’s your scoop!
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