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Description - Ironside by Holly Black

When pixie Kaye declares herself to Roiben on the day of his coronation, he is forced to send her on a seemingly impossible quest. Now Kaye is forbidden to see or speak to him 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 makes a rash decision to reveal the truth to her mother - that she is a changeling left in place of a human child. Her mother's shock reaction sends Kaye running back to the Faerie realm in search of her human counterpart in a bid to return her to Ironside. But Kaye once again finds herself a pawn in the games of the Seelie Court. Queen Silarial wants Roiben's throne and she will use any means necessary to get it! In this twisted game of wits and power can a pixie outplay a queen?

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781847380630
ISBN-10: 1847380638
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Imprint: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Ironside by Holly Black - Reviewed by (30 Dec 2009)

The Seelie and Unseelie Courts are still fighting and now Kaye has been given a quest that is impossible to complete. But until she completes it she isn’t allowed to see Roiben, the King of the Unseelie Court and her one love. So will she ever see him again? While wondering that she is also on another mission; to save those she loves and right some wrongs along the way.

Ironside has a lot more of Corny – Kaye’s lovable gay sidekick – in it than Tithe does. It shows how he tries to recover from his sister’s death and the imprisonment he suffered at the hands of the faeries of the Unseelie Court as he struggles with his feelings of powerlessness. Corny’s relationships Kaye and the other main characters are developed well.

It is a very rare thing, in my opinion, for a sequel to live up to its predecessor; but Ironside does just that easily! Holly Black’s amazing talent with the English language lives on in this amazing tale. One thing I admire her for is that when Kaye and Roiben’s relationship had no chance, she didn’t feel the need to add in another romantic interest for Kaye to make a love triangle as so many others have done recently.

This book closes the story up nicely without too many (if any) loose ends. It is beautifully done and I love the ending! I would still like more books written about this world though!

I loved this book just as much as I loved Tithe. I rate it at 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to those who have read (and liked) Tithe and Valiant.

Author Biography - Holly Black

Holly Black spent her early years in a decaying Victorian mansion where her mother fed her a steady diet of ghost stories and faerie tales. An avid collector of rare folklore volumes, spooky dolls, and crazy hats, she lives in West Long Branch, New Jersey, with her husband, Theo. Together with illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi, she is the creator of the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles series of children's books. For more information, visit

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