Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Winter's Passage (An Iron Fey novella) by Julie Kagawa

Winter's Passage picks up where The Iron King left off, following half-fey Summer princess Meghan Chase as she ventures back into the Nevernever to uphold the uneasy contract she made with the dark and dangerous Winter prince, Ash. The young royalty should be enemies - Summer and Winter always have been and always will be - but after risking their lives together to save Meghan's kidnapped little brother in The Iron King, they've formed a bond not easily shaken. But now, Ash must forsake his feelings and lead Meghan to his home and his vindictive mother, Queen Mab, as his prisoner. As if the task ahead isn't difficult enough, Meghan and Ash soon discover that they're not alone en route to Tir Na Nog. Something ancient, immortal and absolutely lethal is stalking their every step.

This short novella is an insightful addition to Ash and Meghan's relationship. Readers familiar with The Iron King will know that the pair have gotten themselves into quite a predicament, and Winter's Passage thoughtfully examines the toll it has taken on them both. Ash, already enigmatic, becomes even more complex and multifaceted as he is faced with the conflicting desires of love and loyalty. There are several surprises in store within the pages of this brief narrative, and some familiar and favorite characters put in an appearance. The building blocks Julie Kagawa constructs in Winter's Passage will undoubtedly add immensely to the characterization in the upcoming second installment, The Iron Daughter. The novella is a engaging glimpse into the beloved faeryland that will sustain fans of the trilogy as they anxiously await the sequel.

Premise: 4/5
Plot: 3.5/5
Characters: 4.5/5
Writing: 3.5/5
Overall: 3.9/5

Winter's Passage is FREE to download until July 31, 2010 and author Julie Kagawa is running a Winter's Passage fan trailer contest on her blog from July 1 - August 1! Check it out and enter to win!

Don't miss my Iron King review, as well as my author interview with Julie Kagawa!

Thanks to NetGalley, I have the opportunity to read The Iron Daughter in anticipation of the August 1, 2010 release! Look out for my review towards the end of July!


Anonymous said...

wow, this book looks really interesting...sorta reminds me of Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series. Have you tried that? The cover page is amazing. I find your reviews short and quite well done, actually...good proofreading, and nice way of rating. Keep up!

Lily Child said...

I can not wait until August for The Iron Daughter!

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