Faith in Books: The Iron Knight

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Happy New Year, everyone! Yes, it has been way too long since I posted last. No real excuses but I have done a lot of reading so I am ready for my reviews. I am finally getting the hang of WordPress, so I think you will be seeing more reviews on a consistent basis. Remember when I posted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays? I am going to try that again this year.

Today I am reviewing The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa. Did I like the book and would recommend it? I have now read everything I can get my hands on by Kagawa so I would say, “Yes!” I think that The Iron Knight is the best in the whole Iron Fey series. But in order to understand that book, you have to read the first three. Here they are in order:

  1. The Iron King
  2. The Iron Daughter
  3. The Iron Queen
  4. The Iron Knight
  5. The Lost Prince
  6. The Iron Traitor
  7. ??
  8. Also a series of short stories that can be found in one volume: The Iron Legends

The story line revolves around Meghan Chase, a girl whom no one – including her own stepfather – seems to be able to remember when she has left the room. She comes to find out that her father was the King of the Summer Fey, her best friend is not who he seems and if she doesn’t go to faery and obey a strange kidnapper, her half-brother will be killed. Meghan falls hard for Ash, a Prince of the Winter Fey, but their relationship is impossible because of faery law. Meghan is also unsure about how Ash really feels.

Meghan goes through a great deal of maturing and comes to realize her purpose in life. She embraces a life that separates her from all those whom she loves — including Ash. Meghan does this for the greater good of a changing faery population.

The Iron Knight is Ash’s story. The first three follow Meghan’s adventures but Ash has his own story in this book. Ash, his frienemie, Puck, and some odd(er) characters go on an adventure to help Ash do the impossible. I can’t say much more here — I think I have given a great synopsis without any spoilers.

What did this book have to do with my faith? I loved the whole perspective on what it means to be human. According to Kagawa, being human means that you are physically limited, mortally vulnerable, and subject to age and disease. I guess that sounds very depressing but in this world the fey have none of those. What kind of choice would a fey have to make to leave the faery world behind and embrace humanity? You would have to have a love that goes deeper than your own life (along with something else but that would be a spoiler).  This really reminds me of God’s decision to offer Christ to the world. Through Christ, God became human: physically limited, mortally vulnerable and subject to age and disease. Yet, God loved the world so much that God decided to do just that. And it isn’t a spoiler to say that God offered this love, this Son, without price so that we could have true immortality. I embrace my humanity and give Jesus thanks and praise for what he has done for us.

I highly recommend The Iron Knight and the whole Iron Fey series.

Happy reading!

Amelia

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