This was the second book in the Iron Fey trilogy. I got it as a digital galley from the publisher. It was a great book and a wonderful continuation of the series. The third (and final) book in the series “The Iron Queen” is expected to be released in early 2011.
Meghan is fulfilling her promise to reside in Mab’s court. Robin is still recovering from his wounds from last time. Meghan sees Ash infrequently and when she does he is very cold towards her. Then everything is shaken up when the Iron Fey steal the Scepter of the Seasons, throwing the courts into chaos and threatening the human world as well. Meghan, Robin, Ash, and Grimalkin must track down the Scepter and return it to Mab before the whole human world is thrown into unnatural and chaotic weather.
This was a wonderful book. It starts out a bit slower than the first book did. Meghan spends some time whining about how horrible the Unseelie court is and how she can’t understand Ash’s coolness towards her. After that though the story quickly picks up and starts going forward at a crazy fast pace. Then Meghan spends more time holding her own and really starts to prove herself.
As in the first book, Kagawa does an excellent job with characterization. All of my favorite characters were back including Grimalkin, Robin, and Ash. There were even more fascinating characters introduced; one of my favorite new characters was Leanesidhe, Queen of the Between. All of the characters are very likable; Kigawa just does an excellent job with them.
I loved that Meghan is developing new and interesting powers. I also continued to enjoy the traditional fae having to pit themselves against the new Iron Fey. Action scenes were well done too. The writing style if very readable and straight-forward I really enjoyed it.
This book does a good job of wrapping up the main storyline but leaves you desperate to know how Meghan’s journey will continue.
Overall a great book. A bit slower start than the first book, but in the end it picks up and is interesting. Creative, interesting and fast-paced; this is a very engaging book and is an excellent addition to the series. If you liked the first book you will like this one too. I’ve been impressed with Kagawa’s writing and have really enjoyed this YA fairy series.