Book 4 (Book 1: The Iron King, Book 2: The Iron Daughter, Book 3: The Iron Queen)
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. To cold 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 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. And along the way Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.
This book was a solid conclusion to a really terrific series. I really enjoyed the book being told from the perspective of Ash because it gave another view to the realm of the Nevernever. This book was mainly filled with action scenes but at the same time the action scenes were a bit disappointing. It was mainly a story about Ash’s inner turmoil. Whether he should remain with Meghan, what he should do with his future, and what is he willing to sacrifice. I love seeing another side of Ash, such as his relationship with other faeries and in particular with Puck. I was disappointed that despite being a strong supporting character in the book, Puck didn’t do much and he didn’t get much focus. The book ended rather sadly since he didn’t seem to get a happy ending. I was a bit disappointed that Meghan was hardly in the story. She is such a strong character that I would have rather enjoyed following her some more. Also, the book was a bit predictable. Spoiler warning, there was no doubt that Ash would not end up with Meghan. The whole reintroduction of Ariella seemed pointless and more of a poor attempt to add more to the story. I strongly recommend this series.