About: Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron Fey, iron-bound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her. Worse, Meghan’s own fey powers have been cut off. She’s alone in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can’t help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.
What I LOVED: Puck (again)! He is my favorite character in this series. He is very well written and completely enjoyable. He could make you laugh out loud and then get down to business when it was called for. I felt that he was true to his character in every situation and even though he loved Meghan, still was her friend first. A truly good guy!
What I LIKED: With this book there were a great many additions that I enjoyed: The “in-between” where Lea and her band of exiles reside, Ironhorse’s role, Silicone Valley, and the expanding of her home experience. The adventure was bigger, the stakes higher, and Meghan rose to the occasion every time. Did she always make the right decision? No, but she was good at rolling with the punches and I enjoyed that.
What was So-So (and likely to get me hated): Still not loving her with Ash. I find it disturbing that she appears to be so good about accepting things, adapting to them, and getting stronger. Yet she goes with the guy who keeps saying he has to kill her or not be with her. I understand this is supposed to be a Romeo and Julie type of situation but in this case I think she went with the wrong guy.
Why I gave it a 4: The world was truly enjoyable to read! I can’t say enough about how rich the environment in which this book is set truly is. JK did an amazing job of making you think you were right there along with Meghan, Puck, Ash, and Grim as they went on one quest after another. In spite of my not liking the “love” choice that she made, I did enjoy the rest of the book immensely. I would recommend this to any Fantasy or YA reader.
Author Website: http://www.juliekagawa.com/