Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Novella Review: Summer's Crossing by Julie Kagawa

Release Date: June 1, 2011
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Length: 72 pages

"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."


Characters: This novella is told from the perspective of the Summer trickster Puck, and sees him and the former Winter prince Ash going on a quest to abolish Ash's debt with Leanansidhe, the Exile Queen. This short adventure takes them into the Summer Court and, due to some suggestion begin's contemplating leaving Ash to face the wrath of Titania. There was a surprising amount of character development, not only. for Puck but for Ash as well as we get to see them interact without Meghan there to keep the peace

World-Building: There wasn't too much world-building but since this is only a short novella there doesn't need to be. The small amount we did get to see was some more of the Summer Court and Titania's activities when Oberon isn't around. We also learn of two Summer knights whose over inflated views of themselves cause Oberon more trouble then they're worth, so he sends them on foolish quests to get them out of his hair.

Predictability: This novella was fairly predictable, but then again there wasn't too much to predict. The ending was rather unexpected though and there were a few parts when I thought Puck would actually try and get rid of Ash. I liked not knowing exactly what would happen, I knew Ash would live, because he's the narrator of The Iron Knight, but I didn't know if Puck would try, and if he did, where that would lead.

Ending: The ending was pretty fun, and would leave the reader with a feeling that the wait until the next installment in this series wasn't as tortuous as they would first assume from the ending of The Iron Queen. There was also a few unexpected moments, as stated above, which were enjoyable surprises that didn't have too much to do with the series as a whole but we great to read anyway.

Overall, I'm giving this novella 5 out of 5 stars. It's a great buffer between books 3 and 4 and lets the reader glimpse, however briefly, into the mind of the outrageous character that is Robin "Puck" Goodfellow.

P.S. We are 11 followers away from 150, which means that when we reach 150 the winner of the Iron Fey giveaway, will also receive The Iron Legends which includes this novella, two others, and a companion guide to the series. How amazing is that. So if you haven't entered yet please do, and get your friends to enter as well, if not for themselves then to get you more entries and to get us closer to adding another prize for the winner. 

1 comment:

  1. I see you're making your way through this series. I really liked it. I liked book #4 best because I love Ash. Have fun!