My Book Boyfriend is an awesome weekly meme hosted by Missie at The Unread Reader all about fictional boys who make us swoon. This week, I'm swooning over Ash from Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series. I have loved Ash since we met him in The Iron King, but I wanted to wait to showcase him on MBB until after I had finished the series with The Iron Knight.
- His true name is Ashallyn'darkmyr Tallyn.
- He has black hair and blue eyes.
- He is the youngest son of Queen Mab of the Unseelie or Winter Court.
- He is a skilled hunter and swordsmen.
- He has a long-standing rivalry with Robin Goodfellow aka Puck.
“Touch her, and I'll freeze your testicles off and put them in a jar. Understand?” --The Iron King
"I've seen thousands of mortal girls," he said softly, "more than you could ever count, from all corners of your world. To me, they're all the same." His finger slid below my chin, tilting my head up. "They only see this outer shell, not who I really am, beneath. You have. You've seen me without the glamour and illusions, even the ones I show my family, the farce I maintain just to survive. You've seen who I really am, and yet, you're still here." He brushed his thumb over my skin, leaving a trail of icy heat. "You're here, and the only dance I want is this one.” --The Iron Daughter
“I plan to keep you, from everyone, for as long as I’m alive. That includes Puck, the false king, and anyone else who would take you away.” One corner of his mouth quirked, as I struggled to catch my breath under his powerful scrutiny. “I guess I should’ve warned you that I have a slight possessive streak.” --The Iron Queen
“My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl.” --The Iron Knight
I was in love. With a human. I smiled bitterly at the thought. The old Ash, if faced with such a suggestion, would've either laughed scornfully or removed the offender's head from his neck.--The Iron Knight
“I have come from the End of the World.... From the River of Dreams, through the gauntlet and the Briar and the Deep Wyld, in order to stand before you today. I have but one request - to take my place at your side. To resume my duty as your knight, and to protect you and your kingdom for as long as I draw breath.” --The Iron Knight
My Ash: Ben Barnes