Title: Winter’s Passage
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #1.5
Previous Book: The Iron King
Next Book: The Iron Daughter
Source: Kindle Freebie
Description from Goodreads:
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….
An eBook exclusive story from Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series.
I actually got Winter’s Passage as a Kindle freebie a couple years ago. At the time, I had never even heard of The Iron Fey series. However, after reading The Iron King, I needed just a little more before moving on to review books, so I picked up this novella.
Winter’s Passage picks up right at the end of The Iron King, when Ash comes to bring Meghan back to his mother, Queen Mab. She requests to just check on Puck before she goes. Since Meghan lives in Kentucky, and Puck is in a tree in New Orleans, the easiest way to get there is to go through the Nevernever. As the are crossing through the Wyldwood, they sense something chasing them. The rest of the Winter’s Passage is their journey to the Winter Court as the mysterious Hunter gives chase.
I thought that Winter’s Passage was a nice little story to put in between books 1 and 2 of the series, but that it wasn’t really necessary. It was nice to see some old friends (the dryads and Grimalkin) and to learn that there is always more going on in the Nevernever than we see or even expect, but at just 49 pages, it was a little too short for me to really get invested in anything. Just when I felt like things were getting good, it ended.
Overall, I thought that Winter’s Passage was a good little filler story if you’re just looking for more, and the ending definitely made me anxious to see what would happen in the next book, but it isn’t something that I would say you had to read.