Author: Julie Kagawa.
Published: October 26th 2011. Publisher: Harlequin TEEN.
Sort: Part 4 from ‘The iron fey.’
Reviews: Part 1. The iron king.
Part 1.5. Winter’s passage.
Part 2. The iron daughter.
Part 3. The iron queen.
Part 3.5. Summer’s crossing.
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. Unless he can earn a soul. With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, the Big Bad Wolf 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.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
"Hey, it was going to name one of its grandfish after me," he said, tossing the line into the water again. "That's one of my rules, you know. I refuse to eat anything that names its kid after me.”
In part 3, Ash left Meghan in her Iron Kingdom. He vowed that he would find a way to stay with her; he must find a soul and become mortal. Therefore, he must find Grimalkin with Puck and that takes a lot of time and effort. When they finally found the cat, Grimalkin tells them that they will search for ‘The seer.’ This was unexpected for me. I never thought that The seer would be that person, but I liked it and it made sense. It also made me feel sad.
The seer tells Ash that he must find The testing grounds. There will be a Guard and he will test Ash. If he accomplish all the tests, he will gain a soul. If not, he will be doomed to stay there forever until he fades away.
The road is long and difficult, with a lot of danger, but they make it to The testing grounds. It’s not easy for Ash. He is having a hard time. Will Ash succeed in the tests? Will he proceed to get a soul or will he leave Meghan; becoming a mortal isn’t what he expected.
I have strange feelings at the moment. I really loved this book, but it’s also the last one and I don’t want to say goodbye! This book is written from Ash his POV and I’m glad for it. I learned more about him and his feelings, because sometimes, he was a bit hard to read. He is a wonderful character. He made mistakes in the past, but that made him even more realistic. He is so caring for Meghan. We also have the other great characters. Puck is there, of course, with all his humor to make the story a bit lighter. Grimalkin, sarcastic as always and a newbie: The big bad wolf. He always fights with Grimalkin, but they are like Puck and Ash. Deep down, they are friends.
The tests were great! I liked how he had to go through different stages of mortality. I can understand that he had a hard time; imagine losing all your power, strength and speed. That’s why I admire Ash. He is willing to give it all up, so he can be with the love of his life. The ending of this book is great. It’s everything I could wish for.
Like always, this was a fast-paced, easy book. Before you know it, it ends. Luckily for us, there was a Survival Guide and a little interview with Julie, Puck and Ash. The interview cracked me up. I can say by now that I have a new favorite author to add to my list.