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Publisher: Harlequin Teen Release Date: 2010, August 1
Format: Paperback, 359 pages
Source: Bought via Barnes and Noble webpage
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 alone 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.
I LOVED The Iron King and I could hardly wait for the second book in the series to come out. This book came out and because I ordered it with a pre-ordered book I had to wait for it! It was the LONGEST 26 days EVER!
The story starts out with Meghan saying good bye to her family, yet again as she's about to fulfill her contract with Ash and head for enemy territory. When Meghan get's to the Winter Court she is basically a prisoner to Queen Mab and Prince Ash abandon's her. Needless to say that the Winter Court is NOT happy to have Meghan around at all. SPOILER AHEAD>>>When the Sceptor of the Seasons is stolen and Prince Sage is murdered by the Iron Fey, Mab becomes enraged, because she doesn not believe that these Iron Fey exsist and think that Oberon took the Sceptor, and a war between the Courts is in the works. The Iron Fey are looking forward to the long trail of death and destruction that will come from the war. END SPOILER. Now Meghan and her crew are on a journey to find the Sceptor of the Seasons, return it to the Winter Court and stop the bloody war that is taking place. All of this while being hoplessly in love with Ash.
Book number 2 in this series is just as captivating as The Iron King was. The writing is very intense and extremely passionate. In book 2 Julie Kagawa continues to build the world of Nevernever even bigger and badder than in the first book. Nevernever only get's even more dangerous (as if that were even possible) in this book. There are new characters that will have you completely mesmerized. The plot, I think is better in this book, there are all sorts of twists and turns and it keeps you guessing.
This book is very fast-paced and I totally felt like I was there in Nevernever and as another member of Meghan's team trying to get back the Sceptor. I had a hard time putting this book down. Ms. Kagawa does an excellent job of describing Faerie politcs in this book, just to show how very dangerous the Fey can be. The book is also a little bit of an emotional rollercoaster.....Meghan learns some things along the way...some good and some not so good.
I was really happy with Meghan's personal growth along the way. She's powerful and yet vulnerable as well....You mash those two things together and you get a pretty badass combination if you ask me. There are times when she's struggling pretty badly with all the things that are going on around her. She also makes some pretty bad decisions too....But in the end she rises to the occassion. Meghan really is a force to be reckoned with!
OMG! The romance triangle! As much as I love Puck I'm Team Ash (I have a "thing" for the "bad boy" types). Puck has a lot of amazing qualities and when things started to heat up with Meghan I got a little bit worried. But then along comes Ash, who has long since given in to his feelings for Meghan, and things get a "little bit" explosive.
My new favorite character is most defiantely Ironhorse! He's a bad guy turned good. And that's HOT!
Overall, I'm hopelessly hooked on this series and I'm finding it VERY difficult to wait until February for the Iron Queen to come out!