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Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale (Modern Faerie Tale) Paperback – July 1, 2008
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Things have been uneasy ever since Roiben assumed the throne of the Unseelie Court, and with the threat of war in the air and Roiben's coronation drawing near, everyone is on edge. Changeling Kaye Fierch knows that she loves Roiben, but she feels increasingly unwelcome and out of place in the Unseelie Court. So the night of the coronation, determined to prove herself to Roiben and the rest of the court, she makes a formal declaration and pledges herself to him as his consort. However, faerie custom demands that a quest be undertaken before anyone can sit as the Lord's consort, and Roiben grants Kaye an impossible task: to find a fairy who can tell an untruth. Now she is forbidden from seeing or speaking to him until she completes something she knows cannot be done.
Kaye doesn't know where to go, because she has been feeling uncomfortable at home as well, knowing that she stole a human child's life. In a moment of desperation, she tells her mother the truth: that she is a changeling that was switched with Ellen's real daughter, the real Kaye, and she vows to retrieve her from the Seelie Court and return her to Ellen.Read more ›
Valiant, in some ways, was very disappointing to me at first. For the end of Tithe left some loose ends dangling precariously. I wanted to know, as many readers did I'm sure, what happened to Kaye and Roiben after that tale ended. Rather than picking up where Tithe left off, Valiant begins another story set in the same time and the same world. While mentioning some of the characters from the previous book, Valiant really is in many ways a stand-alone novel. Though Valiant doesn't really satisfy in terms of picking up Kaye and Roiben's story, it is quite an excellent read in and of itself. The lack of continuity between the books left me a tad skeptical to read the third. Nonetheless, the tales were both so downright intriguing that I had to read the third.
With Ironside, Black does a wonderful job of telling another wonderful tale, bringing in several characters from both books, and tying up some loose ends. Kaye and Roiben are back and the tension between the Seelie and Unseelie Courts has grown. Kaye, being the punk changeling that she is (I mean that in a good way) has gotten herself into quite a mess that she's working on sorting out. Luis is working on keeping him and his brother safe in ironside after the events that took place in Valiant. The Seelie queen's true colors are shining through upon Roiben's coronation, in which he formally claimed the Unseelie throne.Read more ›
But mostly the thing I found odd was that Ironside seems to be an ending. If this is the end why write Valiant at all, yes there are cameos on all sides through the three books but it's still off. Unless Valiant's purpose was to introduce Luis and Dave, but if it was why have Val as the center of the story instead of Luis and Dave themselves. I don't know, Guess I'm hoping there will be more books. it would suck to have all these questions go unanswered. And because these are some seriously good reading.
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This book is the perfect ending to the trilogy! I could read these again and again and never get bored. They include adventure, mischief, and witty humor!Published 6 months ago by Jesi Castle
I found this an enjoyable sequel to Holly Black's Tithe. It's dark and fantastical YA urban fantasy and left me wanting more. Read morePublished 8 months ago by CDB
A corner was a ruffed up, but barely and still looks new. The edges would crinkle up over time since it is paper back any how and it wasn't bad. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Melissa Rhoades
Ashamed I never knew there was a third book in Holly Black's Modern Tales of Faerie!
Brings together the characters from the first two books wonderfully, with the added bonus... Read more
So, I read Tithe and Valiant, and I am half-way through with Ironside. I'm not going to comment about the storyline; what strikes me most is that this is marketed as... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Andrea
I was thrilled to find a sequel to Tithe, and Ironside doesn't disappoint. Once again we see the power struggle and politics between the Bright and Dark fey courts with a few... Read morePublished 15 months ago by bb.star
A great conclusion to the series. Holly Black is amazing. I thought these books would be too dark for my taste when a friend sent them to me, but I honestly couldn't put them down. Read morePublished 16 months ago by trinity1412
I didn't read Valiant so I didn't get some of tie ins at first, but that didn't effect the storyline so I barely noticed when I read it the first time. Read morePublished 17 months ago by JTL