Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa

Series: Iron Fey, #1.5
Genre: Fantasy/Faerie
Reading Grade: YA
Publishing Type: traditional
Publication Date: August 2010
Source: Kindle Store
Rated: Teen (13+)

Meghan Chase used to be an ordinary girl … until she discovered that she is really a faery princess. After escaping from the clutches of the deadly Iron fey, Meghan must follow through on her promise to return to the equally dangerous Winter Court with her forbidden love, Prince Ash. But first, Meghan has one request: that they visit Puck—Meghan's best friend and servant of her father, King Oberon—who was gravely injured defending Meghan from the Iron Fey.

Yet Meghan and Ash's detour does not go unnoticed. They have caught the attention of an ancient, powerful hunter—a foe that even Ash may not be able to defeat.

My Review 

Winter's Passage is a sort of novella/short story that is four chapters in length. Obviously, it's a very quick read that gets you from book #1 of the Iron Fey series, The Iron King, to the beginning of book #2, The Iron Daughter. 

Meghan Chase has already vowed to go back with Prince Ash to the Unseelie Court. She made this deal with him back in Book #1, and he came to claim her at the end. So, this novella picks up where that story left off. But, Meghan is worried about Puck, her childhood best friend. 

On the way to Ash's homeland, they discover, through all the barren, frozen wasteland, that they are being hunted down by very ancient predator that every reader will already be familiar with. It's a great character that lives up to the notoriousness of the famous faeries introduced in the first book, those faeries we have known about in human folklore for centuries. What a great twist! 

I love The Iron King, so this novella was a must-read for me since I was already planning to read the rest of the books in the series. You will want to read it if you expect to follow the story more fully from Book #1 to Book #2. We get to see a lot of good interaction between Meghan and Prince Ash. It gives the reader yummy insight into Ash's state-of-mind, as he has no choice but to lead his new girlfriend to what could possibly be her death. Oh, his tormented soul! Gotta love that Ashy-poo …. 

My score: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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