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. – Goodreads
Alright, I’m hooked. Though I obviously enjoyed the first installment of the series, this definitely surpassed it! The excitement kicks off right where we left off in The Iron King and it didn’t let up from there.
First off, it was great to see the characters continue to be fleshed out. In the review of the first book, I commented that I felt Puck was underdeveloped. It wasn’t enough for me to enjoy the idea of Meghan and Puck together, but this book has made my affection for him grow. He has more of a presence, and “romantic” stuff aside, he has a wonderful chemistry with Meghan. I love their friendship! Speaking of wonderful chemistry, his interactions with Ash continue to be some of my favorites. I imagine there will be larger conflicts between the two towards the end of the series, so I’m very curious to see how that plays out.
Ash, Ash, Ash! I think I can go ahead and say that he’s my favorite and I loved that there was SO much of him in this one. I don’t want to say too much, but he goes through quite the character arc and I enjoyed seeing his internal conflict. Also, as always, he continues to be quite the badass.
Meghan is still continuing to hold her own, and despite her occasional tears and the fact that she’s still not in control of the powers she has, she’s determined and strong as ever. I’m sure that by the time the series ends, she’ll have proven to be as strong as Ash, Puck, and everyone else around her. Can’t wait!
After betrayals, surprise friends and enemies, some kissing, teary eyes (from me), and an altogether action packed read, I was still blown away by the ending. So, so, SO good. There’s so many ways it can go from here and I, for one, am excited for the journey Kagawa will set us on in The Iron Queen.