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.My Thoughts: Oh, swoon. For a short story, this packs a heck of a lot of emotion and action into it. I love how Ash is trying to hold himself apart from Meghan. Well, I actually don't love that part of it, but I love that Julie Kagawa made us feel his division of loyalty so clearly in just a few short chapters. His love for Meghan can't override the oath he made to deliver her to the Winter Court. Even though he suspects that her time there will be miserable and possibly deadly.
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....
For her part, Meghan is confused by Ash's flip-flopping emotions and worries that she did something wrong. Meanwhile, we're wondering if Ash's words to her that she can't trust him are foreshadowing for later books.
In case it's not clear, I'm fully enamoured of this world. I adore revisiting the characters (even Puck, locked in his healing sleep puts in an appearance) and I keep wondering if Grim knows far more than he's saying. Tricky cat.
I really can't wait to read the next installment.
Other reviews in this series:
Book 1: The Iron King
More books by Julie Kagawa
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Winter's Passage was a free download 06/2010 from the Julie Kagawa's website.