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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Book Review: Summer's Crossing by Julie Kagawa

This is a quick, light and fun read.
Summer's Crossing (The Iron Fey)
by Julie Kagawa
  • File Size: 213 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (June 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XDYXN0
Genre: Fantasy
My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0

Book Description
Publication Date: June 1, 2011
A Midsummer's Nightmare?
Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Summer Court prankster, King Oberon's right hand, bane of many a faery queen's existence—and secret friend to Prince Ash of the Winter Court. Until one girl's death came between them, and another girl stole both their hearts.

Now Ash has granted one favor too many and someone's come to collect, forcing the prince to a place he cannot go without Puck's help—into the heart of the Summer Court. And Puck faces the ultimate choice—betray Ash and possibly win the girl they both love, or help his former friend turned bitter enemy pull off a deception that no true faery prankster could possibly resist.

An ebook exclusive novella from Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series.

As most of us know, Robin Goodfellow, aka Puck and a few other aliases, is a faery trickster. He is clever and can almost always be found in mischief. Robin is a member of the Summer Court but tends to roam as a free spirit.

Ash, Prince of the Winter Court, is an enemy of the Summer Court but he and Robin are old and odd friends. They have reason to kill each other and, in fact, Ash has sworn to kill Robin...someday, but not today. Ash happened to win the heart of the girl that Robin had his sights on so Robin isn't too happy with Ash.

Robin agrees to help Ash recover a stolen object to fulfill a favor. Of course the adventure will be filled with danger. There is also the distinct chance that Robin could betray Ash.

Reading this novella reminded me why I enjoyed the first book in the Iron Fey series.  There is intrigue, danger, friendship and betrayal that make the story interesting. The writing is full of faery magic and for the most part reads smoothly.  I have only read the first book and I will probably have to skim that for review when I get ready to pick up the next in the series. If you haven’t started the series you could read this short novella to get just a little taste of the magic that is available. You might not know all of the history between the characters but there is enough given to make the conflict understandable. And you could enjoy the quick fantasy vanishing act that Robin arranges.


An example of the sometimes snarky humor:
She looked like she was going to a party where the theme was Most Sparkly Evening Gown, or maybe Quickest Way to Blind Someone. Location 71.
This was in  my "free" Kindle Library and picked for my "summer" read.

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