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.
©2010 Julie Kagawa (P)2012 Audible, Inc
It had been well over a month since reading, Iron King, so Winter's Passage was the perfect segue back to Iron Daughter. I was reminded of the story, character's and why I wanted to continue with the series.
This review has some slight spoilers to the first book in this series.
The good thing about coming to party late with this series is that I can read the series in order, with the short stories as well. I really enjoyed The Iron King, and I was glad that the short stories are available as audiobooks as well. This enabled me to listen to Winter's Passage before moving onto the next full length novel, The Iron Daughter.
Winter's Passage is set between The Iron King and The Iron Daughter and tells the story of Megan and Prince Ash travelling to the Winter Court, to meet Queen Mab. Along the way adventure finds the pair as they stop in to see Puck and try to avoid a Hunter seeking them out.
I have a confession: I am Team Puck. I don't know how anyone can be Team Ash. He's cold, heartless and I don't know how she can profess she loves him! Puck is funny, cute and adorable. Well Khristine Hvam's narration was so brilliant that I almost started to like Prince Ash! ALMOST! He's still cold and heartless, but Kristine's narration really helped show him in a new light.
I like how Julie Kagawa has given the readers this little interlude, showing a softer side to Prince Ash and their affection for each other.
Winter's Passage has really made me want to pick up The Iron Daughter right now. Luckily I have it in my Audible library already!
"My test of a good book is dreading to begin the last chapter." - Thomas Helm
I am loving this series, but, I'm growing tired & angry about these .5 books. Winter's Passage comes after book 1. So it's 1.5 in the series. I feel cheated by the author for buying it (yes, it was my decision to purchace it). I suppose it was intended to give you more of the story of what went on while Ash and the Princess are on their way to the Unsealy Court. While it may give you more information, the first half of the book is a copy & paste of the ending of book 1. I didn't learn anything more or needed by reading this 1.5 addition. If you look at the dates, which I did not do untill after I read/listened to it,
Book 1: 2-1-10 Book 3.5 Summers Crossing 6-9-11
Book 2: 8-1-10 Book 1.5 Winters Passage 9-1-12
Book 3: 3-11-11 Book 4.5 Iron's Prophecy 9-1-12
Book 4: 11-1-11
I feel each of the .5 books were after thoughts, which is fine except we're not learning anything new. Possibly 4.5 as it comes after the last whole book 4 will be useful as it comes before book 5 that has not been written. That is unless the next serties that coinsides w/ the Iron Fey series dealing w/the lost prince is book 5.
Don't let my above rant on .5 books discourage you. I deeply enjoy this series. I will keep purchacing the books w/no after thought. I will simply avoid the .5 books as a rule of thumb.
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Don't forget this is book 1.5 but before this is book 1.25 the first kiss, a free 8 page mini book on scribbed of Ash's point of view of the ending scene of book 1. It's free and will take you less than 10 minutes to read. I created a short link to get you there of you can google for it bit.ly/JHUONc not sure if audible will allow that.
Anyway I enjoyed this mini story and have bought the whole series on audible though I should warn you not all the series is available in audio. Look up the series on goodreads for the full list. There are a few books still waiting to be released and some only available in print. Lots of the series is only in mini books like this one but you won't want to miss out on the story. I didn't use credits on the mini books since it's cheaper to outright purchase anything under $10, just a tip. I got mine during the extra 25% off member sake which helps even more.
Love the author and narrator. Keep reading! The next book takes an awesome turn. I just finished book three and am moving on. You will love/be surprised where the adventure leads.
In my review of book one I added a list of similar books/series recommendations if you like this style of story/narration! You can find that by clicking on my name or listener page and searching for the first book. Audible hasn't yet put much effort into profiles or listener pages but I have been keeping notes/reviews as I go and am up to over 300 audible books and even more amazon books, shelfari, and goodreads. Perhaps someday this site will allow for more of a bookish community.
I loved The Wolf in Winter's Passage. I thought he was an excellent addition to the world of the Iron Fey series.
I've listened to her entire Meghan Chase Arc of the Iron Fey Series including The Iron King, Winter's Passage, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen, Summer's Crossing, The Iron Knight, and Iron's Prophecy. I've already downloaded the first installment of Ethan Chase's arc in the Iron Fey series - The Lost Prince. I'm probably going to listen to her Blood of Eden series afterward as well. I've become a fan due to her illustrative writing.
Grimalkin, definitely. He was the best as performed by all 3 readers of the Iron Fey series. They all performed him similarly and they emphasized the condescending nature of the character very well.
I could see the Iron Fey series being made into a movie or a TV series. Grimalkin would be voiced by Alan Rickman.
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