Saturday, May 23, 2009

Ironside by Holly Black

****Ironside by Holly Black****

Originality- 19/20
Characters- 17/20
Remembrance- 8/10
Quote-ability- 8/10
Entertainment- 17/20
Ending- 8/10
Recommend to read- 8/10
TOTAL- 85/100
Grade- B

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 drunkenly declares herself to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest to find 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 when Kaye returns to the faerie courts, a battle of wits and weapons is being waged over Roiben's throne, and she soon finds herself at the center of it all.

I liked reading Ironside more then I did Tithe. There was a lot more action that made it feel like things were actually happening. I really enjoyed the little riddles that were added it. They made me think trough the whole novel and was fun to see the answers revealed.

Kaye and Roiben's relationship is more developed but still strange. I was able to understand why Kaye declares herself to Roiben but it was horrible for him to give her an "impossible quest" Also the courts show their true colors. We're able to see that most all of the mystical beings take advantage of humans, not just those from the Unseelie Court.

The imagery is still fantastic. Everything is just so beautifully described. The scenery isn't the only thing described though. We also know the details of the pain and happiness each character feels. This just makes the book more enjoyable.

Overall I think that Ironside was a step up from Tithe with more events happening, which made it not a big time sucker. If you like fantasy of any kind you might want to check out these books.

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