Maybe I’m not in the right mood, or I’ve outgrown some YA books, but I just couldn’t get into The Iron Knight. I got it off Netgalley and was really intrigued by the story, even though I hadn’t read the previous ones. Maybe it’s the formatting of it on my kobo (where the text is so tiny and the full page doesn’t fit, so I have to keep scrolling down to read the bottom half of the page.. and zooming in would just force me to scroll left & right as well as up & down to read the one page) but it just wasn’t doing anything for me.
Therefore this halfway-through review is based on having read only 46% of it. 🙂
The main character is Ash, who is from the Winter Court, and he’s on a mission with his friend/rival Puck to obtain his humanity. The collection of characters with the fantastical settings reads like a fairy tale a lot of the time. It’s also a nice change of pace to see a love triangle develop between a guy and two girls, where a lot of YA books as of late have been one girl and two (or more) guys in the picture. Puck, named from Midsummer Night’s Dream is just as mischievous as his namesake – which comes across quite irritating a lot of the time. He constantly calls Ash “ice boy” or “prince” rather than call him by name… sounds pretty contrived and awkward in the way he talks. And also, there’s one point where Puck says “Spiders? Why does it always have to be spiders?” and, for any Harry Potter fan, they’ll feel like it’s pretty much a directly quoted deja vu moment said by a beloved redhead.
One thing I did like though was one place that they went to, where it was where all the “forgotten” characters end up… where people don’t tell their stories or mention them anymore and so they become forgotten and end up in a horrid place. That being said, there was an amount of self awareness to the characters… where it read like a fairy tale, and felt like it at times, but also tried to be “real” like some Frodo quest.
Honestly, I was struggling through this with the idea that I had to finish and review every book I get off Netgalley, but (thankfully?) I stumbled across the FAQ page and it says that readers are under no obligation to write a review. As much as it pains me to give up on a half-finished book, I think I may have to let it go… I have so many other books that I’d rather be reading right now.
…Although all the rave reviews on Goodreads makes me wonder if it gets any better… but everyone has different tastes. This one happens to not be my kinda thing.