May 2, 2012

Winter's Passage

Title:  Winter’s Passage
Author:  Julie Kagawa
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Publish Date:  01 June 2010
Pages: 59
Source:  bought
Genre:  Young Adult, Farie
Series:  The Iron Fey
Other books in series:   The Iron King, Iron Daughter, Iron Queen, Summer’s Crossing, Iron Knight, Iron Legends (28 August 2012)

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....

Will Prince Ash really keep his oath and turn over the girl he loves to his queen?  That is what happens in this story.  At the end of The Iron King, Ash shows up at Meghan’s house to “collect” her as she fulfills her part of the bargain.  At times, it is like Ash doesn’t want to do this.  However, he is bound by oath and cannot go back on it. 

He takes Meghan and intends to take her back to the Unseelie Court right away.  Meghan has other ideas, however.  She wants to go and check up on Puck, her best friend, who was wounded in their quest to rescue her brother Ethan.  Ash agrees to this little detour.  Only to find out that someone is following them; someone else who is hunting Meghan.  Will they make it to the Unseelie Court or will Meghan have another adventure in store for her?  Can Ash really hand her over when he doesn’t know what the outcome will be?

As soon as I finished The Iron King, I had to start this book. I knew that it was a novella and wouldn’t take me long.  The end of The Iron King left me with so many questions.  Even though I haven’t read The Iron Daughter yet, I felt that this book was good in between the two.  It gives you a glimpse into Ash’s personality.

The cover design goes along with the other in the Iron Fey series and has a wolf on the front, instead of a character.  This is appropriate for the book.  I like how they show the fog and the woods on the cover of this novella.  It talks about both in the book.

•Meghan Chase.  She is duty bound to go to the Unseelie Court because of a “deal” that she made with Ash in The Iron King.  She won’t go back on that oath even when the opportunity presents itself to do so.

•Ash.  Sometimes in these books, he is really swoon worthy, and then there are those times when you just want to hit him in the head with a rock.  He shows both of those personalities in this novella.

•Grimalkin.  He is in this book too.  He always shows up.  He gives tidbits of information and wisdom here and there.

•The Hunter.  It scared Meghan.   Just someone else who is after Meghan.

•Queen Mab.  Even though you don’t hear of her in this book, she is the reason that Ash is bringing Meghan to court and that is enough for me not to like her.

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