Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: 4th (The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen)
Published: October 25, 2011 by Harlequin Teen
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Description: 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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I would have been ok had this series ended with The Iron Queen. Maybe not thrilled, but the ending made sense to me. I was overjoyed to hear about this final edition to the series told from Ash's point of view. I was hoping it would make a satisfying ending to a wonderful series.
I have to be honest and say that Ash's point of view was not what I was expecting. But, his character has changed so much from the beginning of the series. He's lost everything he has ever known. He's no longer the cold-hearted Unseelie prince we met at the beginning. He's willing to literally go to the end of the earth to find a way to be with Meghan. I was wondering if he had the courage and love to really go through with it all. I think this was a great story about the true depths of human emotions.
There was some twists and turns in the story that I was not expecting. I feel we learn a great deal about Ash that we never really knew before. There are lots of moments and events that made him the person (fey) we know and love. I also loved that Puck was along for the ride. Their friendship/hatred has so many levels to it that I really longed to understand how it all started. I finally get that. I also get great closure on their feud. Just what I hoped for!
I enjoyed the trials that Ash goes through to prove that he is worthy of a human soul. The third trial left me feeling a little off at first though. I wasn't sure if it was real or not, and I wasn't happy initially with the chain of events. I felt things were really glossed over. When I realized what the point was, I was much better. I also think it showed an amazing side of Ash. I was happy to have the end be that he might have the best of both worlds.
I enjoyed the story overall. I wish we would have got a little more of Meghan. But, I loved getting to see another side of Ash and Puck. I also enjoyed getting to see a bit more of characters that have been little more that shadows in previous books. I'm sad to see this series end, but will be revisiting it again soon!