Originally, The Iron Fey series was going to be a trilogy, ending with The Iron Queen. Meghan's story had come to a close the way I envisioned it; she had to grow up and learned to take responsibility, even at great cost and sacrifice. She had made the journey from an ordinary, somewhat timid girl into a powerful faery queen who put the needs of her kingdom above her own desires. Her tale was done.Author Link(s):
Ash's story, however, was just beginning.
I never intended to write a book about Ash, in his own point of view, no less. But I realized he has so many secrets and old demons in his past--and his feud with Puck really needed to be resolved, one way or another. I realized I couldn't tell this story in Meghan's point of view. Meghan had already made her sacrifice and her character arc was complete. Now it was Ash's turn to see how far he would go, how much he would sacrifice, to be with her. It was actually kind of scary, giving him his own book. How would readers react now that the walls and the masks were down, seeing the 'real' Ash? But I can say with complete sincerity that the Winter Prince has always been my favourite character, and I tried to write him as honestly as I could.I hope readers will love him as much as I do. So, as it says in the front of the book: "Team Ash, this one is for you."
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The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Book 4 of the Iron Fey series
Genre: urban fantasy
About The Iron Knight:
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.Source: Info in the About The Iron Knight was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9659607-the-iron-knight on 27/01/2012.
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.