Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Ironside (Modern Tales of Faerie #3) by Holly Black

Ironside is the third and final book in the Tales of Modern Faerie series from Holly Black.  Here is the cover and blurb:

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?

Holly Black spins a seductive tale at once achingly real and chillingly enchanted, set in a dangerous world where pleasure mingles with pain and nothing is exactly as it appears.
I really liked this ending.  It showcased exactly how tricky it can be to deal with the fae.  They are all manipulative little creeps whether Seelie or Unseelie and Holly Black makes sure that we see that.  I liked how Corny came into his own in this book.  He has decided to no longer be a victim of the fae and he starts to fight back.  He also got his version of a happily ever after, which is great.  He deserves it.  Roiben's time spent with Kaye has made him more human than fae but he benefits from it, I think.  In the end, all of the characters from the books come together and hammer out a new order for the fae and I think that they all make better friends for each other because of how the events of the books brought them together.  Highly recommend.

You can also find out more about Holly Black and her other books on her website and you can follow her on Twitter!!  Click here to add Ironside to your Goodreads.  I give Ironside 4 Fairies for a satisfying ending to the series.

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