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.
First I have to say that these covers are seriously so pretty. I feel they really embody the whole magical feel of the Fey perfectly. This was such a perfect second book to the series. I am so hooked on this one. The character development was fantastic throughout the whole book, despite Meghan being a wee bit whiny and love struck over Ash.
The adventures and trials Meghan, Puck, Ironhorse and Grimalkin faced in this instalment were so exciting I don’t even know what Kagawa could possibly whip out in the third book, and i’ve heard it’s the best of the series.
The description of The Briars was one of my favourite scenes in this book. They weren’t in them for a long time but it was epic when they were. Kagawa’s writing is so descriptive, that I felt like I was experiencing them right along with the characters. They were eerie and dark and foreboding and creepy as all get out. Seriously, I loved them. I felt like they were going through the labyrinth, and it made for an exciting part of the story.
Leanansidhe, the Exile Queen of the Fey, was a really interesting character to bring in. I did not trust her at all, and I still don’t know if I do. The action was non stop in this book. They went from one crazy adventure to the next and I loved it. The development of the Iron Fey was really well done too. I loved that there were traitors and deception at every turn, it kept me second guessing everything I thought I knew.
I’m not a fan of the fact that she made Puck a love interest. This series would have been perfect if she had left out a love triangle. I find that they can be just a filler sometimes, and it’s so obvious that Ash is the one for Meghan that having Puck as a love interest just seems pointless, and an excuse for some angst.
Other than that it was a brilliant second instalment for The Iron Fey series.