Review: Winter’s Passage

Review: Winter’s PassageWinter's Passage by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #1.5
Published by Harlequin Teen on June 1, 2010
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 49
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Meghan Chase used to be an ordinary girl..until she discovered that she is really a faery princess. After escaping from the clutches of the deadly Iron fey, Meghan must follow through on her promise to return to the equally dangerous Winter Court with her forbidden love, Prince Ash. But first, Meghan has one request: that they visit Puck--Meghan's best friend and servant of her father, King Oberon--who was gravely injured defending Meghan from the Iron Fey.

Yet Meghan and Ash's detour does not go unnoticed. They have caught the attention of an ancient, powerful hunter--a foe that even Ash may not be able to defeat....

Before you start feeling super impressed at how quickly I read Winter’s Passage, let me explain that it is a novella, consisting of only about sixty pages. This novella describes Ash and Meghan’s journey to the winter court, Tir Na Nog.

Along the way, they face a challenge, a mysterious hunter, chasing them for some unknown reason. Frankly though, this conflict was completely predictable and lacked thrill. Mostly, this novella seems to have been written so that Ash and Meghan can trade some disgustingly sappy dialogue before he has to go all ice prince on her ass in front of his mom.

I also found a few silly errors that were either just ridiculous or contradicted something in the previous book. For example, she clambers onto a horse and then watches Ash jump up with grace. She is astounded and thinks that it looks as though “he’d done it a thousand times.” Really? I’m completely dumbfounded that a fairy who has been alive for who knows how many centuries in a world where iron does not exist would have climbed onto a horse a thousand times. I’m shocked because it would be so many more. Oy. Meghan also, in the description of Grimalkin, thinks that he will do “nothing for free.” Except he led her out of the Nevernever for free at the end of the first book. That’s just sloppy.

Mostly though, this book was a brief summary of the first book with a bit of new content that lacks plot.

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