Thursday, September 15, 2011

NOVELLA REVIEW: "Winter's Passage" by Julie Kagawa

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....
**An eBook exclusive story from Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series.

READ: September 2011
GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy-Fae
SETTING: New Orleans, Nevernever, Tir Na Nog
SERIES: Iron Fey #1.5 (Novella)

This is an e-novella that is part of Julie Kagawa's "Iron Fey" young adult series.  Specifically, Winter's Passage takes place between book 1, The Iron King, and book 2, The Iron Daughter.  Please note: I will not be able to accurately review this novella without some type of spoiler for The Iron King

When we last saw Meghan Chase, she had just rescued her brother from the court of Machina the Iron King.  She had discovered that she was the half-breed daughter of Oberon, King of the Summer Court, and made a contract with one of the princes of the Winter Court, Ash, to assist her in her mission.  Now, that Ethan is home safe, Meghan must uphold her promise to Ash.  The promise was if he helped her, she would willingly go with him to the Winter Court.  Ash's mother Mab has a special interest in Meghan and has ordered her son to bring her to Tir Na Nog.  The only problem with this whole situation is that Meghan and Ash have fallen in love with each other.  Ash must fulfill his mother's orders despite his feelings for Meghan.  

This novella covers Meghan and Ash's journey from her house in Louisiana to the Winter Court.  On the way, they encounter more fantastic characters from the world of the Fae as well as some old friends like Grimalkin.  Before being taken to Tir Na Nog, Meghan convinces Ash to detour to the Elder Dryad's hideaway so that she can check on the status of her best friend, Puck.  Unfortunately, they are chased throughout the Fae and mortal world, once again, by a fearsome, mythical creature known only as the Hunter.

Winter's Passage was a great addition to the series and offered more insight into the world of Iron Fey.  I liked seeing all the old characters especially Grimalkin!  I also loved the additional looks at the different trods between Faery and the mortal world.  I won't spoil who/what the Hunter actually is, but I will say I loved the twist. 

Now, that Ash and Meghan have made it safely to the Winter Court, I am anxious to see what happens there.  Why does Mab want the daughter of her sworn enemy?  And how will Ash and Meghan's fledgling relationship survive?  I'm off to check out The Iron Daughter!!

4.5 out of 5 Stars

4. THE IRON KING (Expected-October 2011)


"I'm your enemy, Meghan.  Never forget that.  If Mab tells me to kill you in front of the entire court, it's my duty to obey.  If she orders Rowan or Sage to carve you slowly, making sure you suffer every second of it, I'm expected to stand there and let them do it.  Do you understand?  My feelings for you don't matter in the Winter Court.  Summer and Winter will always be on opposite sides, and nothing will change that." --Ash

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