December 10, 2011

The Iron Knight By Julie Kagawa

The Iron Knight

A Prince of the Unseelie Court must never show emotion. It is a weakness. A vulnerability. To a cold Prince Ash, love is for fools and mortals. In this Court of ice and snow, letting down your mental blocks can kill. It is truly survival of the fittest.

Ash is a perfect example of the heartless fey of Winter. Betraying his siblings for their mother's favor. Murdering in cold blood. A Winter fey at its finest.

But then he falls in love. And his world goes crazy.

Ash becomes his love's Knight, sworn to protect her. There is only one problem. She is from the Iron Court and he the Winter. Ash could not survive in the Iron Realm. They could never be together. To save Ash's life, Megan Chase severs their bond.

But Ash can't live with that. As much as he dislikes it, the power of the Unseelie Court churns through his veins. He is determined, stubborn, and will die before he gives up hope of being with Megan.

The only way Ash will be able to live with Megan in the Iron Realm is if he becomes human. And there's only one way to do it. He must pass the Guardian's three tests at the End of The World.

He sets off for this faraway place with the unwelcome companionship of his best friend turned enemy. Puck the Trickster King. This summer fey and Ash used to be inseparable. But when Puck (accidentally) caused the death of their closest friend, Ash vowed to kill him. That vow still stands, but nonetheless Puck and Ash set out together for the End of the World.

Along the way, they encounter many disasters and adventures. They gain uncertain allies and certainly make enemies. The biggest surprise of all threatens to end Puck's days forever.

Throughout the book, Ash and Puck (and their companions) realize that bravery isn't the most important thing in life and that friendship and love must prevail.

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