by Julie Kagawa
Rating: 4.5 ♥ / 5 ♥
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….
Winter’s Passage is a free novella (until July 31) that takes place between Julie Kagawa’s books The Iron King and the upcoming release The Iron Daughter (August 1, 2010). For downloading, see Enter The Faery World, or NetGalley. The novella follows Meghan’s and Ash’s journey from her house at the end of The Iron King to Winter, and Queen Mab. Their journey is not easy, though. Aside from the regular dangers to Meghan from the Unseelie court, something new is hunting. Something old and dangerous.
I really enjoyed this look into what happens between book one and two of the Iron Fey series. We get to see how Puck is making out, Grimalkin makes an appearance and we get some more romance between Ash and Meghan, albeit reluctant romance. The novella helped me remember – in the wait period between books – what I loved about Julie Kagawa’s writing style, and that I’m invested in these characters. What I liked most was that we got to see another glimpse into faery, and some of the creatures that live there. Meghan and Ash are being hunted by an old, dangerous faery that always catches is prey. We get a look into some of the politics of the Nevernever, and maybe even a bit of foreshadowing.
If you liked The Iron King and are (im)patiently waiting for The Iron Daughter, Winter’s Passage is a great tidbit to keep you tied over and really just helps flesh out the storyline.