Saturday, May 14, 2011

Book Review: Winter's Passage

Winter's Passage

By:  Julie Kagawa

Publisher:  Harlequin Teen

Publish Date:  June 2010

Format:  Ebook, 61pgs

Genre:  YA Fantasy

Series:  1.5 in The Iron Fey series; Book 1 ~ Iron King

Recommendation:  Yes.  It you read and enjoyed Iron King you should read this to take Meghan right into Winter Court.

Book Synopsis:
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 eqully 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...

First Sentence:
In the shadows of the cave, I watched the Hunter approach.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Two days from the end of Iron King while Meghan the faery princess and her forbidden love Ash, are now on their detour to see Puck before returning to the Unseelie Court, as Meghan promised.  Something has the horses spooked after they come through the Trod to find their way to New Orleans and quickly they realize something very powerful is speedily closing the distance between them and is after Meghan.  Meghans journey to one place she doesn't want to be, Winter Court, shortens as she runs there from this haunting creature hot on their trail.

I found I enjoyed this short novella.  It got me to thinking there is another side to Ash, one that could be kind and loving.  He agrees to stop on the way back to Winter Court to see if Puck is well or even just still alive.  We get a touch more of the Unseelie fey and how tough of a crew they are and how unfavorable toward Summer fey they are.  Meghan as a character, we see once again how strong a character she is and her beliefs for what she does.  And Meghan starts to tap into her powers just briefly in this short story, but it shows she could be very strong.

In this I start to feel Meghan and Ash's potential love is moving quicker than I'm ready for.  They seem to need to slow down some.  But, I like the potential of them as a couple.

We meet a fey creature older than the Midsummer Night's Dream characters, and even stronger.  One that you will recognize as soon as mentioned.

We get Meghan's first glimpse of Tir Na Nog and how to enter the city.  Along with the first view of Queen Mab in her own court.

I read this novella for my own enjoyment.

This book qualifies for the Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge hosted by Floor to Ceiling Books, and 2011 YA Reading Challenge hosted by Jamie Loves YA.


  1. I agree with you that this was a nice novella. I did enjoy learning a bit more about Ash. It's a fast and easy read. Really nice =)

  2. Nice review! It was a good, quick read that did give us a little more insight to the world of the Iron Fey. Glad you liked it!

  3. I really should read these books :D They do sound good

  4. I have to admit that I didn't like Winter's Passage all that much, but I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

  5. I don't think they will slow down enough but they do a bit. I still enjoy these books!

  6. I really enjoyed the new fairy tale creature in this book! I wish we'd seen more of it in the rest of the series.

  7. Pattepoilue - Thank you for stopping by! It was a nice quick read to hold one over on the series. Just enough to give you that feel back. :)

    Alexia - Oh, thank you. :) Thank you for stopping by too. These are nice for quick little sips into the world when you want it.

    Blodeuedd - These where nice reads. As I'm enjoying them, they are very simple feel so far. I hope you like them when you get them.

    csilibrarian - I think I liked the little bit of view on the Unseelie creatures with the Seelie creatures. And the extra character that is after Meghan in this one. :)

    Melissa (Books&Things) - Oh, I'm looking forward to reading on in the series. :) It is a nice breathe to it.

    Casey (The Bookish Type) - Thank you for stopping by! :) Oh, I loved the new fairy tale creature in this book as well. He was a nice surprise for me. And the little twist that went with him as well. :) Very nicely done. lol.


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