By: Julie Kagawa
Series: Iron Fey
Publication: July 27, 2010 by Harlequin Teen
Format/ Pages: Paperback/ 359
Genre: Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance
Cover Rating: 5/5 Stars
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 Thoughts: W-O-W, just... WOW. This second novel in the Iron Fey series is everything I was promised it would be! It's action packed and filled with twists and turns that leave you turning the pages well past midnight. From the first page to the last, I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen to Meghan and her friends.
Julie Kagawa really stepped up her game in this novel compared to the first book in the series. Meghan becomes more real as a character, and we finally get to see her grow and take herself more seriously. She's done taking crap from everyone around her. Maybe that's because the danger she faces is even more real than ever. Abandoned by Prince Ash in the Unseelie Court, Meghan is left to defend herself against all the Unseelie fae, including Ash's mother, Queen Mab, and his brother, Rowan. Worse, Ash's behavior is cold and cruel, making Meghan believe that every thing they went through in the Iron Realm was just so he could get her back to his own court. And that's only the beginning. Summer and Winter are on the brink of war and only Meghan knows the truth: King Machina might be dead, but the Iron Fey must certainly are still alive and behind every sword the other courts slash at each other.
What I really loved about this book, besides Meghan becoming a bad-ass, is that we don't know what team Ash is rooting for. He's not the good guy by far, as we all know from the first book, but does that mean he's the bad guy? These characters are complex, making them real and the plot thick with adventure. This series is definitely worth reading and I can't wait for the next one to arrive in my mail box!
-"If this faery bitch wanted a fight, bring it on. I'd do my fair share of clawing too."
-"For a brief moment, I admired his stubborn tenacity, but it wouldn't save him in the end."
-"Oh, look who's talking. If you're not an expert at screwing people over, I'll eat my head."