Release Date: August 1, 2010
Series: Iron Fey #2
Buying Links: Amazon The Book Depository
*contains spoilers for book one*
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.
No matter how much I wanted a normal life, there would be a part of me that longed for this world, for the magic and wonder of it. It had seeped into my soul and shown me things I'd never thought existed. I couldn't be normal and ignorant ever again, knowing what was out there. As long as I lived, I would always be watching for hidden doors and figures from the corner of my eyes. And for a certain dark prince who could never be mine.
This book picks up where book one left off. Meghan is on her way to the Winter Court. Ash has withdrawn and is distant, emotionally unavailable. Once they arrive, she hardly sees Ash but his brothers are all too happy to mess with her and make her life miserable. Meghan has trouble adjusting to both the Winter Court, and the Fey way of thinking, both of which cause her problems. Then Ash's brother Rowan sets in motion events that lead to a fight between the Winter and Summer Courts, and to Meghan's escape.
There's action; further development of various relationships, including with Ash and his family, a little romance, and more about Meghan's abilities as a Fey as well as her slow acceptance of herself as a Fey. Additionally, her loyalty and commitment to see things through lead her into places and actions that she might have avoided otherwise. There are some surprises in the story, some twists and turns, Kagawa does an excellent job of portraying the ruthlessness of the Fey, Winter and Summer. Book two is a solid addition to the series and really moves the story forward.
I borrowed this from my local library.