Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Book Review: Ironside by Holly Black


In the realm of Faerie, the time has come for Roiben's coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing -- her love for Roiben. But when Kaye, drunk on faerie wine, declares herself to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest. Now Kaye can't see or speak to Roiben unless she can find the one thing she knows doesn't exist: a faerie who can tell a lie.

Miserable and convinced she belongs nowhere, Kaye decides to tell her mother the truth -- that she is a changeling left in place of the human daughter stolen long ago. Her mother's shock and horror sends Kaye back to the world of Faerie to find her human counterpart and return her to Ironside. But once back in the faerie courts, Kaye finds herself a pawn in the games of Silarial, queen of the Seelie Court. Silarial wants Roiben's throne, and she will use Kaye, and any means necessary, to get it. In this game of wits and weapons, can a pixie outplay a queen?


My Review

Ironside is the gritty sequel to Tithe. Poor Kaye continues to stumble around making mistakes and generally causing trouble for everybody who comes in contact with her. Roiben remains the best character, the one with the most depth, whose actions can never be guessed at. I also really like Corny, a lot better than I like Kaye even though she's the main character.

This book is a dark journey into a world of manipulation and schemes, a world where the distinction between good and evil is hard to find and life might be thrown away on a whim. A world from which no one can emerge unscathed.

There is a lot of strong language in this book, but if that doesn't bother you and if you like YA urban fantasy with a dark side, you might want to give this one a try.


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