Title: Summer’s Crossing
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Iron Fey, book 3.5
Genre: YA Fiction
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
“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.”
Summer’s Crossing is a novella in the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. It takes place between events of The Iron Queen and events of the next book The Iron knight.
Puck is accompanying Ash in his quest to find a cure to his “iron allergy”, for him to be able to be with Meghan in the Iron Lands. Who better to help them than Grimalkin, the problem is where to find him.
Leanansidhe approaches them while they are looking for Grim. She is coming to call the favor Ash owes her. They try to dissuade her to let Ash pay the favor later, but she doesn’t accept and force Ash to do her bidding at that precise moment. She wants Ash to go into the Summer Land and recover something Queen Titania stole from her. Puck has the option of not going with Ash, it’s Ash's problem not his, but Puck also knows Ash won’t make it into the Summer Lands without his help. And this is where the adventure begins.
Summer’s Crossing is told from Puck’s point of view. As we know Puck, he is witty and snarky making this novella highly entertaining.
I’m Team Ash all the way, but I really felt bad for Puck. Being in Puck’s head and learning how he feels about Meghan and everything else he is feeling, it really broke my heart. He loves her with an unconditional love and would give everything for an opportunity to be with her. At the same time Puck knows he cannot hurt Ash, not just because of their old friendship but because he knows that if something happens to Ash Meghan would be devastated and his love for her is so big and pure he prefers for her to be with another one than suffering.
Ash is part of the book but as a secondary character. We can feel he is suffering for his circumstances but his presence is a bit diminished by Puck starlight.
My final thought: I loved that Summer’s Crossing was narrated by Puck. He is hilarious, but we see also his other side, the serious one he doesn’t show. I really loved that about this book.
I know is a novella but in some parts it felt a little bit too rushed.
I love Julie Kagawa and her Iron Fey series, she is one of my favorite YA authors. I had always loved and admired her writing style and with Summer’s Crossing she does not disappoint us.
This book is a little taste of what to expect with The Iron Knight later this fall. And a must read for all the Iron Fey fans.
My Verdict: 4 Paws
Other books in the series
The Iron King
Winter’s Passage (novella)
The Iron Daughter
The Iron Queen
Summer’s Crossing (novella)
The Iron Knight (10/25/2011)
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