Meghan Chase is finally getting used to being the Iron Queen, ruler of the Iron Fey. Her life may be strange, but with former Winter prince Ash by her side at last, she wouldn’t have it any other way.
But when they travel to the Summer and Winter courts’ gathering for Elysium, the oracle from Meghan’s past returns with a dire prophecy: “What you carry will either unite the courts, or it will destroy them.” Now Meghan faces a devastating choice that may determine the future of all fey—and her and Ash’s unborn child…
***WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers for the previous books in the Iron Fey series.***
Ahh...Iron Fey series...how I have missed you! It seems like it has been forever since I got to read about some of my favorite YA characters: Meghan, Puck, Grimalkin, and, of course, Ash. This series absolutely captivated me last year so I was super excited to see that Kagawa was writing a spin-off and providing readers with another novella showing Meghan and Ash's married life.
This novella is full of action, suspense, and plenty of foreshadowing for the next book in the series, The Lost Prince. Basically, it tells the tale of Meghan and Ash reacting to a foreboding prophecy involving their unborn baby. The newlywed couple decides to travel to some of the outer portions of the Nevernever in order to find out more about what the fates have in store for their future.
What really carries this story is the characters. Meghan is continuing to learn how to deal with her new role as Iron Queen while trying to balance her marriage with Ash. Ash is as wonderful as always with his fighting skills and devotion to Meghan. It was also great to see the re-appearances of Puck and Grimalkin.
The setting of the book is as fascinating as ever with Kagawa's descriptions being detailed without being over the top. The Nevernever comes alive through her words and it is wonderful to re-visit this dangerous, but beautiful world. The plot is nothing unusual in the world of the Iron Fey, but it is still entertaining and action-packed. The shortened format does not allow for much embellishing, but this story doesn't really need it.
All in all, this is an enjoyable novella that gives Iron Fey fans a nice epilogue for the characters that we have come to know so well. It also provides great background for what Kagawa is planning to do with the spin-off series.
1. The Iron King
1.5. Winter's Passage
2. The Iron Daughter
3. The Iron Queen
3.5. Summer's Crossing
4. The Iron Knight
4.5. Iron's Prophecy
Call of the Forgotten
1. The Lost Prince
2. The Traitor Son (Coming 2013)
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