Release Date: April 24, 2007
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Age Group: Young Adult
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Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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.
What a satisfying end to a great series. I am a great fan of Holly Black and this series reminds me why she is such a great writer and storyteller. Ironside I felt was a perfect bow to a really well written series. I love that Holly Black writes with such grit because it makes her characters that much more real, like they can and do exist in this world (minus the fairy element ofcourse). Kaye once again finds herself in the middle of court politics and she is set on an impossible quest that sends the reader on an amazing journey. This story is full of intrigue, deception, greed, betrayal, romance and murder. This along with excellent writing.. what more can a reader ask for!!