Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Review of Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa

Winter's Passage (Iron Fey, #1.5) 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 has done me a kindness in easing the wait between The Iron King and The Iron Daughter. I will be upfront and say that I have a minor complaint about this book: I wanted more! I confess that a few parts of the novella felt a tiny bit rushed to me, particularly the climax. Otherwise, I think Winter’s Passage did a great job of tying up a few loose threads from The Iron King while still presenting a bit of a cliffhanger as readers wait for The Iron Daughter.

For such a short volume, Kagawa managed to really alter my impressions of some of the characters. While I always liked Meghan, I felt like she explained some of her decisions in a much more logical way. I was glad to see her express more of an understanding of the consequences of her actions. As for Ash, I really did not like him in this book, and for the time being I am no longer Team Ash. The fact that he was so stubborn bothered me a little before, I’ll admit, but it felt like a slap in the face here. I may consider rejoining his Team if he rectifies in The Iron Daughter, but I can definitely see the appeal of Team Puck (certain things about Puck annoy me as well, though I won’t get into that here). So for the time being I am *gasp* not on anyone’s team. At any rate, I think the fact that Kagawa can make me feel so vehemently about all of these characters in a 50 page novella is a testimony to her talent as an author.

Winter’s Passage has simultaneously satisfied one craving and increased another. Kagawa’s novella, though brief, is a powerful read. I look forward to getting my hands on The Iron Daughter!

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