Note: This is Book Three in a series. There are spoilers for Books One and Two, but none for this book.
This is Book Three of the Iron Fey Series, which began with The Iron King and continued with The Iron Daughter .
This book starts shortly after the events at the end of Book Two. Half-Summer-fey Meghan Chase and the all-fey Winter Prince Ash have been exiled out of Nevernever back to the human world. In spite of helping to save Summer and Winter from the Iron Fey Court, they committed the more egregious crime of falling in love with one another.
Meg is now seventeen and Ash is no longer a prince, and the two are on their way to Meg’s old home in Louisiana to tell her parents she is back home and ready to resume a “normal” life. But just outside her house she encounters Iron Fey, sent by the new False King of the Iron Court. He wants to capture Meg in order to obtain the iron magic power she acquired when she killed Machina, the real Iron King. Meg realizes she can’t go home and endanger her family:
The choice loomed clear before me. If I ever wanted this endless running and fighting to stop, I would have to deal with the Iron King. Again.”
And there you have the plot of this book.
In order to prepare for her potentially lethal encounter, Meg needs to learn how to fight, which Ash teaches her. Her friend Puck tries to train her to use her magic skills, but because she now has the magic from both the Summer Court and the Iron Court, they are in conflict. Trying to use one or the other makes her sick. However, Meg gets some unexpected insights at the house of Leanansidhe, Queen of the Exiles, in between the human and fairy worlds, where the friends return for help. Leanansidhe also points out to Meg that eventually, she will have to do more than just react to events:
Like it or not, dove, you’ve become a major player in this war. You’re balanced on the edge of everything – faery and mortal, Summer and Iron, the old ways the march of progress. Which way will you fall? Which side will you choose?”
By the end of this book, Meg is forced to make that choice, and either decision will involve an unbearable sacrifice.
Published by Harlequin Teen, 2011