Ironside by Holly Black
Author: Holly Black
Series: The Modern Faerie Tales #3
Release Date: August 6, 2007
Dates Read: November 3-4, 2011
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.
Ironside is a good conclusion to the Modern Faerie Tales trilogy. The series returns to the story of Kaye and Roiben, picking up at the time around Roiben’s coronation. Of course, not everything goes as planned, or we wouldn’t have the dark story we have come to expect. I like how the novel explores the gritty thoughts and feelings of Corny, Kaye, Roiben, and others as the story unfolds. I like that Ironside brings back some characters from Valiant to help tie up loose ends, although I would have really liked to see more of Val and Ravus. Overall, I liked it and would recommend it to anyone who has read and liked the other two.