Blurb (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: 3 of 5 stars
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is the second book in the Iron fey series, and kicks off a short while after the end of book 1 ‘The Iron King.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘The Iron King’.**
Meghan chase has been stuck in the winter court for some while, waiting for the queen to finally call on her. Time passes strangely though, and she has no idea how much time has passed in the human world. When Mab finally calls on Meghan, she is shocked to find that Ash disowns her in public, and swears to Queen Mab that he doesn’t even like Meghan, leaving her upset and heartbroken.
There are more troubles about to befall the fey though, when a member of the Iron fey turns up and steals the sceptre of the seasons. Now it’s up to Meghan and Ash to get the sceptre back, before things really go to pot.
Can Meghan and Ash rescue the sceptre? Can Meghan and Ash be together? And will Meghan ever get to go home?
This was an okay YA fantasy, but it did have it’s flaws.
Meghan was a bit whiney in this book. I thought it was totally obvious why Ash was nice to her in private, but then horrible to her in public. He obviously knew the rules about Winter and Summer fey not being able to be together, and was obviously being nasty to Meghan to protect both of them. Why Meghan couldn’t see this was quite beyond me, and she then proceeded to cry and be upset about it. I mean, get a clue!
The storyline in this book was okay, but once again the slow pace drove me nuts. There were whole chunks of this book that didn’t add anything to the story, and this made the story drag a bit for me. Why the hell we had to sit through Meghan getting a make-over, and then Meghan going to her high-school prom was quite beyond me. I totally didn’t get how going to the prom was going to help anyone.
I do like the idea of the Iron Fey though, and how they came into being. This is actually quite a clever idea! I also liked the idea of little metal creatures that crawl inside your brain and make you do their bidding, whilst also slowly poisoning you!
It does seem though that some of the fey are a bit dense, and very easily led, it seems that a large percentage of them desperately need a leader to follow, and will basically follow anyone who asserts themselves as a leader.
I totally wasn’t expecting the love triangle in this book, although I suppose it wasn’t the main story. I thought that it would be Ash and Meghan all the way, but that wasn’t the case unfortunately.
The ending of this story was quite interesting, and could even have been the end of the series, although we obviously know it’s not. It will be interesting to see where the story goes from here, and what will happen to Meghan and Ash next.
Overall; an okay YA fantasy.
6.5 out of 10.