Today MTV’s Hollywood Crush unveiled the cover for Julie Kagawa’s next book, The Immortal Rules (the first book in the Blood of Eden series). In case you missed it, here is the cover for the upcoming May release:
Now, I’m excited for this book – Julie never disappoints – but what I’m most excited for? That little line on the cover: “Includes an exclusive excerpt from the next Iron Fey novel”!
Head over to Hollywood Crush to see why Julie think’s Meghan and Allison are two very different characters. You can read that by heading over here.
So many fantastic books releasing in May (Onyx, The Immortal Rules, Insurgent, etc). Who else is excited?
Now Ash has granted one favor too many and someone’s come to collect, forcing the prince to a place he cannot go without Puck’s help—into the heart of the Summer Court. And Puck faces the ultimate choice—betray Ash and possibly win the girl they both love, or help his former friend turned bitter enemy pull off a deception that no true faery prankster could possibly resist.
An ebook exclusive novella from Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“Summer’s Crossing” picks up where “The Iron Queen” leaves off, with Puck and Ash watching as Meghan leaves her home (back in the mortal world), to return to the (well, her) Iron Realm.
Puck and Ash are in search of Grim, although they aren’t entirely sure where to find him. While discussing where to start their search, Leanansidhe, Queen of the Exiles, comes to collect on a debt from the Winter Prince. She needs Ash, and Puck, to enter the Summer Court and retrieve a ‘violin’ that was stolen from her by Queen Titania. In return for her ‘violin’, Leanansidhe suggests she may be able to point them in the direction of Grim.
With a debt to repay, Ash, along with Puck, set out to retrieve Leanansidhe’s ‘violin’ from the Summer court. But when Puck runs into Oberon, who is out hunting, he proposes that if he somehow got rid of Ash, he’d have Oberon’s approval to be with Meghan. Puck battles between helping Ash or letting Queen Titania, so that he can be with Meghan. Ultimately, in a way…Puck chooses both outcomes. Using glamour, he exposes the “Winter Prince”, while the real Prince goes to rescue the ‘violin’.
I really enjoyed this novella, mainly because it was nice seeing things from Puck’s perspective. Sure, he’s a jokester, and we still see plenty of that in “Summer’s Crossing”, as well as throughout the series, but you get to see how he truly feels about Meghan, and how he wants her to be happy. Even if she is in love with his sworn enemy.
And I’ll leave you with a quote from “Summer’s Crossing”:
“But he’d done it anyway, because of her. Because of the girl we were both crazy for, who was now far away, beyond our reach. Meghan.”
My name is Meghan Chase.
I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who’s sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I’m not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I originally posted a short review, but before I post my reviews for Summer’s Crossing and The Iron Knight, I wanted to post a proper review for this one…
Oh, “The Iron Queen”, how you toy with my emotions. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book in which I went from laughing, to wanting to scream to wanting to cry so quickly.
The story picks up shortly after where “The Iron Daughter” ends, with Meghan and Ash being banished from the Nevernever. It’s nearing Meghan’s seventeenth birthday, which is only twenty-four hours away, making it a year since she first went into Faery in search of her younger brother, Ethan. While in the Nevernever, she managed to defeat the Iron King, but now there’s a new ‘king’, the false Iron King, and he wants her. Meghan may have been exiled from the world of the fae, but that doesn’t mean her troubles haven’t followed her back home.
Left with no other choice, Oberon offers to lift Meghan’s exile (along with Puck’s), if she’s willing to take on the False Iron King. After negotiating with Mab to have Ash’s exile lifted as well, the three of them, along with Grim, set off on a journey that’ll change everything.
Meghan, who is already a rather strong female mc, grows so much through out “The Iron Queen”. The character development between “The Iron King” and “The Iron Queen” is just amazing. The same can be said for Ash and Puck as well. I was really happy to see the person Meghan ended up becoming by the end of the story, mainly because I never would’ve expected that outcome after reading the first book.
If you’ve been wondering whether to start the Iron Fey series, I urge you to do so. Immediately.
I’m going to read “The Iron Queen” this weekend so that I can finally get around to reading “The Iron Knight”! So excited!
Published August 1st 2010 by Harlequin Teen
Review Copy: Purchased
Description from Goodreads:
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—ironbound 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 stuck 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.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“The Iron Daughter” is one rollercoaster ride of a book, and I mean that in a good way. The story picks up where “Winter’s Passage” (the novella bridging the story between “The Iron King” and “The Iron Daughter”) ends – with Meghan living up to her end of the contract with the Winter Prince. Ash has brought her to Mab, and he’s forced to act as though he despises her in order to protect them both. Meghan struggles to accept his new behavior while in the winter court, as she feels as though Ash just used her instead. I’ll admit, there were moments in which I wanted to hit her, but when emotions get the best of you, sometimes you forget about your actions. When coming to deliver the sector to Mab, Oberon – Meghan’s father – hopes to take back his daughter as he isn’t aware of the contract she’s made with Ash. When Mab explains that Meghan is there on her own free will out of a contract, he states that one way or another he will have his daughter back.
Later that night, when the sector goes missing and Prince Sage is killed, Mab finds Meghan sitting beside her son’s body and proclaims war on Summer Court, as she feels they are responsible for this attack. When Meghan tries to explain that it was the Iron Fey, Mab freezes her and goes to announce war. When Ash breaks the ice encasing her body, his brother Rowan threatens to tell Mab the truth, which begins a battle between the brothers. When Rowan is left injured, Ash and Meghan must escape before Mab finds them.
From this point, things begin to get interesting. Meghan killed the Iron King in the first book, but she soon finds out there is a new King in charge and they seek to destroy the Winter and Summer courts. She has the choice to return to her normal, human life, or fight to save the Nevernever from the Iron Fey – she decides to stay and help fight.
I’ll try to avoid spoilers from here on out as there are a bunch of twists and turns in “The Iron Daughter”. I will say that there is a bit of a love triangle, which is to be expected, but Meghan’s heart truly only belongs to one. I honestly loved “The Iron Daughter” even more than “The Iron King”. Kagawa is a fantastic writer; she creates a world in which you can perfectly envision as you read along. I can’t wait to dig into “The Iron Queen” and “The Iron Knight”.
Description from Goodreads:
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….
An eBook exclusive story from Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series.
My Mini Review:
My actual rating: 4 1/2 Stars
I’m a bit late to this series. I just finished “The Iron King” a few weeks ago and fell in love with the story and the characters. As soon as I finished “The Iron King” I was ready for more, but my to be read pile is kind of halting that at the moment. “Winter’s Passage” takes place between “The Iron King” and “The Iron Daughter” (which I need to start as soon as possible). Since it is a novella and it is incredibly short, I’m going to avoid spoilers. What I will say is that “Winter’s Passage” takes you on a whole new journey. There’s action, there’s romance, there’s Grim – it’s the beginning to an entirely new chapter in Meghan’s life waiting to be revealed. Julie Kagawa’s descriptions help bring the story to life. The characters are wonderfully written. The world is beautifully crafted. It’s easy to get lost in the land of the Nevernever.
My review for “The Iron King” can be found here.
Description from Goodreads:
Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’ve been hearing nothing but great things about the Iron Fey series for a while now, but for some reason I just never sat down to read the books. Well, after finishing “The Iron King”, I can finally say that I understand the love for this series and I wish I’d started the series sooner.
“The Iron King” is a wonderfully crafted story that will pull readers in, with no intention of letting them go. Kagawa does a fantastic job of keeping readers on the edge of their seats.
The story is about Meghan Chase. She’s a typical teenage girl, at first that is, but then something happens to her brother, Ethan, that transforms her entire world. When Ethan is kidnapped by The Iron King and replaced with a changeling, Meghan must find a way to save him.
Robbie, aka Puck, her best friend is actually a faery that has been sent to protect her. Upon her father’s demands, he is to keep her from setting foot in the Nevernever. As he tells her the truth about Ethan, he gives her the option of forgetting or wondering into the Nevernever to find him, not knowing what danger awaits them. She refuses to forget her little brother and chooses, instead, to go after him against Puck’s wishes.
Once they enter the Nevernever, Meghan and Puck find themselves running from danger constantly. When Ash comes upon them, Puck is forced to run with Meghan. At one point, Puck leaves Meghan behind in a tree while he continues running, leading Ash after him. That’s when she meets Grimalkin, a cat.
I don’t want to give the entire story away, so I’ll try to state my thoughts from here on out. When I reached the last page, I was more than ready to grab the next book to keep going. Meghan was a nice character to get to know. She didn’t start out strong, in fact she was clueless and helpless in the beginning, but as the story went on she came into her own. There was a determination in her, a selflessness in her that I loved. No matter how hard things became, she never lost track of her goal – to save Ethan. Even if it meant making a deal with a faery.
The lonely high schooler you meet at the beginning is easily erased by the ending. Meghan Chase is half Summer faery princess, half human, and she’s something that everyone is after. She’s powerful, even if she doesn’t yet fully understand her powers.
I loved this book. Julie Kagawa’s descriptions were rich and made me feel as though I was watching the story as opposed to reading it. I loved the characters. I loved the writing. I just loved it all and I can’t wait to start the next book.
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