Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Iron Knight Blog Tour Review and Q&A with Julie Kagawa

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (October 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373210361
ISBN-13: 978-0373210367
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches

Book courtesy of Publisher

Author's Website

Amazon Summary:

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.

I am hugely excited to be a part of this tour, Please give a warm welcome to Julie Kaqawa

Did you know that you would do a fourth book in the series? Did you know that Ash would be the one telling it?

Well, originally, The Iron Fey series was set to be a trilogy, the last book ending with Meghan becoming the Iron Queen and saving the realm even at great cost. But when it was over, my fabulous editor (who knew what she was talking about) said we couldn't leave Ash and Meg like that without some kind of resolution. But Meghan's story was done; I didn't have anywhere else I could take her. Ash, on the other hand, had a great story to tell and a huge promise to keep. How far would he go to be with the girl he loves? That's when I decided to write his book and give him the chance to be a hero.

Which of the three courts: Summer, Winter or Iron, would you want to live in?

Probably Iron, as it's difficult to send email in Tir Na Nog. ;-)

Was the Gauntlet as much fun to write about as it was to read? How did you come up with the different tasks that Ash would have to complete?

Ah, this is where my gamer geekiness comes out. Almost every platform game or RPG has some sort of dungeon/castle/cave you have to get through, filled with traps and riddles and other nasty surprises. Would it be horribly nerdy to say I imagined Ash and company as a video game while writing The Gauntlet? It would? Oh well.

Do you keep a glossary of characters so you don't get confused with all of the monsters and creatures of Nevernever?

Not really. They sort of all live up in my head, and wow, that sounded schizophrenic. Little known fact about authors? We listen to the voices in our heads. ;-)

I have to say I have been wanting to read this series for a long time now, and though I still haven't read the first three books, I decided to join this tour anyway. Now I see why everyone is in love with this series.

Even though I was concerned I wouldn't be able to follow the story since I started on this book that wasn't the case. I wasn't confused at all and it just made me want to read the other books even more.

I was sucked into this story almost immediately and found it very hard to put down. And though I haven't read too many stories regarding the Fey I am finding they are becoming a new favorite to read about.

Would I go back to the first three books absolutely, this book was a delight and Julie Kagawa spins a wonderful tale. If you haven't read this series I would say go do it now!! Don't wait like I did.



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