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….
If you read my review of The Iron King, you’ll be aware that I was late to discover The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. Overall, I really enjoyed The Iron King, so of course it was inevitable that I’d seek out the next instalment. In doing so I came across Winter’s Passage, a novella which takes between The Iron King and book two, The Iron Daughter. It’s only fifty pages long, so I decided to read it before continuing with the series…
At the end of The Iron King, Meghan is left with no choice but to honour the agreement she made with Ash. In return for his help, she agreed to go with him to the Winter Court, where his Queen is waiting for him to return with Meghan in tow. Meghan isn’t entirely sure what to expect when she arrives there. All she knows is that she will most likely become a pawn in the brewing war between the Summer and Winter Courts, but a deal’s a deal and in the world of the fae, promises must be kept…
Winter’s Passage is a short story that follows Meghan and Ash on their journey to the Winter Court. What should be a seemingly straight forward trip turns out to be anything but. Something is following every move they make and suddenly it becomes a race against time for Meghan to reach the Winter Court. The question remains though, will she leave one danger behind only to come face-to-face with another?
The best way to describe this novella is short but sweet. Of course at only fifty pages there wasn’t going to be an awful lot of plot or character development. Instead readers are treated with a refreshing return to the Iron Fey world. Also, fans of Ash will love this one; the relationship between him and Meghan seems to be slowly developing into something more. Considering they are from rival Courts, do they stand a chance of becoming something more?
Fans of Puck however may not be as satisfied. He is mentioned briefly when Meghan convinces Ash to detour to check on him. Yet, the suspense of whether he will pull through and feature more in book two, remains.
Winter’s Passage may be short but it is definitely worth the read. Established fans of this series will no doubt love this novella and for those like me, who are newcomers to the series, it’s a great way to build up the excitement for the next instalment, The Iron Daughter.