Review: Winter’s Passage by Julie Kagawa

Never make a promise to a faery. They always come to collect.

Now Meghan Chase must fulfill her promise to Prince Ash of the Winter Court and embark upon a dangerous journey into the heart of enemy territory — while being pursued by a relentless new foe and guarding her own foolish heart.

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Spoiler Alert: Winter’s Passage is the first novella in the Iron Fey series, linking The Iron King (book one) and The Iron Daughter (book two), which means spoilers may run rampant in this review.

Review

Winter’s Passage is a novella filling in the small gap with Meghan’s journey back to the Unseelie Court as per her contract with Prince Ash. I refer to the interrim between books one and two as a small gap thanks to the novella making it feel so.

I picked this up after finishing The Iron Daughter and when I first started that story, I was curious with what had transpired beforehand, as there seemed to be quite a gap. Meghan had been in Nevernever long enough for something to have happened. I don’t know if it was just my memory, I admit it’s on the crap side, or if she really had been alluding to goings on during Meghan and Ash’s trip back to Winter.

Winter’s Passage made me think I would receive answers and I did in a way. The story only takes place within a couple of days though, compared to Meghan’s long stay at the Unseelie Court before The Iron Daughter begins. We’re able to learn the reasons behind Ash’s turn in character towards Meghan, although not exactly direct, there’s no missing what’s going on with him. This is something I think was obvious in The Iron Daughter anyway and personally I didn’t really need to have it reaffirmed.

When it comes down to it, I think Winter’s Passage is a nice little action piece not necessarily bridging the gap between books one and two, but perhaps providing more of a look-in to Meghan and Ash’s character, as well as their bumpy relationship. Sure there was something chasing them, but I felt it was much of a muchness really. What I gleaned from the story was more to do with Meghan and Ash. So much so I almost forgot there was news about Puck. Almost!

News about Puck was something I was far more interested in and yet I felt compelled to keep reading after learning about him. The writing itself was quite tight and evenly paced, leaving me wondering if I enjoy shorter stories by Kagawa than her usual length. If you’re an avid fan I’d say it’s a fair bet you’d thoroughly enjoy Winter’s Passage as well. The novella strikes me as something to whet your whistle on between instalments, yet being ok to miss out on for not so avid fans.

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