Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.
For reason's I've never really been able to discern, I have always
stayed away from books about Faeries. If I read the blurb and it mentioned anything about them, I would move on to the next title. I can say, after reading this one, I am officially a faery convert!
This story starts pretty ordinarily. You have Meghan, who is the uncool, hick girl at her school. She has her best friend Robbie and a little brother, Ethan, who she adores. Her crush on the most popular guy in school gets her into an unfortunate situation, that leaves the whole school laughing at her. It's okay, though, because she's got bigger things to deal with. Like the fact that her brother has been kidnapped and taken to Faery, and Meghan is determined to get him back.
While traveling to the Summer Court, she meets Grim the Cait Sith, also known as a talking cat. Grim is by far one of my favorite characters. You wonder if all cats really think the same way he does. Once at the court she meets King Oberon and Queen Titania, both terrifying in their own ways. We are also introduced to Queen Mab and Prince Ash of the Winter Court. We don't get much face time with the King of Queens, but we get to know Prince Ash along the way, as he helps Meghan find her brother.
The world building was fantastic. Julie Kagawa described the characters and places so well, I felt like I was a part of it. Even the Iron Kingdom, as creepy and cruel as it was, still seemed so real and awesome in it's own way. There are so many great things and characters in this book, but I can't go spoiling the whole story. I'm diving into the next installment immediately!