Publisher: Harelquin Teen
(The Iron Fey Book 2)
Plot: 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 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.
Good Points: I liked how the book pretty much continued from where we left off and how Kagawa (whose name by the way is seriously fun to say Kag-a-waaaa :P ) summarised the events of the previous book nicely in the first couple of pages.
Meghan's character see's a lot more drama and such in this sequel, especially, as predicted in my last review, her growing relationship with both Puck and Ash and also the Faery world in which she has become a part of. There was a roller-coaster of action and the development of the characters kept me interested and invested with each of them.
The plot I think at times was a little slow, especially when they were just hanging around Leanansidhe's but then again I think it gave time to develop the reader-character relationship by exploring Meghan's feelings about Puck and Ash and also the lead up to the likelihood of war. It also has to be said that the last 50 pages or so were pretty EPIC in terms of coolness though as a whole the book was also thoroughly enjoyable.
Bad Points: (Kind-of-spoiler-but-not-major) There was one point in the book which I got a little confused over, when King Oberon goes to the Unseelie for the exchange and Meghan cannot be returned because she made a deal with Ash to return with him in the first book. Now I', not being picky, well maybe I am but there was nothing made in that deal that said she had to stay in the Unseelie court, only that she had to go with Ash there. I don't know... I just thought maybe it was a little weird that she didn't pick up on this especially seeing as though it was the one major loop hole that would have let her leave right there and then instead of later on in the book.
To Sum Up... I liked it. Still on the fence whether or not it was better than the first book but overall I am fast becoming a fan of Julie Kagawa as an author. Looking forward to reading Iron Queen...
Until next time!
Thanks for reading :)