If you're a fan of the Iron Fey, I don't need to tell you that The Iron Legends, a bind up of the Iron Fey novellas, releases on August 28th. I'm delighted to be part of the blog tour for Julie Kagawa's latest release, hosted by Kismet Book Touring, and share my love of all things Iron Fey. Throughout the tour, blogs will be representing their courts, presenting books in the series and offering readers the chance to win some great prizes.
Yeah, I know. Boys are always a terrible reason to make such big commitments, but... but... ASH.
I think a lot of it started back in 2010 when a group of bloggers and a certain author *cough* goaded me into driving nine hours through snowpocalypse to attend the very first signing for The Iron King. I met other die-hard fans of the series and got some insight into Meghan and the boys. Jokes flew, good-natured rivalries were born, and I've been in the Iron Fey trenches ever since.
But enough about me. I'll let Julie and Ash take it from here...
*Overheard conversation between author and Prince Ash before blog tour.*
"Why must I be the one to do this? I'm not part of the Winter Court any longer."
"Because I couldn't get Mab to agree without freezing my tongue off. And besides, you know Tir Na Nog and the Winter Court better than anyone else."
"And we're encouraging mortals to explore Tir Na Nog now? They'll just get themselves eaten or killed or something nasty."
"I'm sure you can think of something. Come on, Ash. Do this for me. Please?"
And so this guest post was reluctantly written. Thanks Ash!
Very well. To everyone who is following this blog tour, my name is Ash, formerly of the Winter Court, now Prince Consort and husband of The Iron Queen, Meghan Chase. I'm supposed to tell you the best places to visit in Tir Na Nog, but I think I'd rather tell you about all the places you don't want to be if you're ever stuck in Winter. That's not to say that all of Tir Na Nog isn't dangerous; it is. But these sites are some of the most deadly, and mortals have no business ever being here.
Mab's court: If you ever find yourself in the palace of the Winter Queen, I do feel sorry for you. Between the redcaps, the ogres, the goblins, and the other sidhe, you'll be lucky to survive a day. And of course, there's Mab herself, who is very fond of her ice garden of frozen humans. Trust me when I say this is the very last place in all of Tir Na Nog that you ever want to be.
The Ice fields south of the Maw: For anyone who is not a Winter Fey, these frozen woods spell certain death for travelers. The cold here is a living, breathing, malicious entity, and if you fall or stop moving, you will freeze over in seconds and die. The woods are filled with animals and other creatures who have succumbed to the cold, trapped forever in a prison of ice.
The Frost Giant ruins: Ancient, ice-covered castles are dangerous enough without ancient, ice-covered giants guarding them. Take my advice and stay far away.
The Wyrmtooth Mountains and Howling Pass: Ice wyms as large as buses inhabit these mountains, and are highly territorial. There is a small pass that cuts through the mountains, but it's haunted by a Wendigo with a fondness for human flesh. It can sometimes be bribed with a human baby or the head of a cow, but you probably don't want to resort to that.
There are other sites I could tell you about--Glassbarrow, the Frozen Bog, Icefell--but now that I think about it, you should probably avoid Tir Na Nog altogether. The Winter Court is dangerous and inhospitable to humans, and I don't want to hear yet another tale of how some mortal ventured into Unseelie territory and got eaten. If you do wish to try your luck and brave Tir Na Nog and all its dangers, don't say I didn't warn you.
Naturally, Winter's Passage (Iron Fey #1.5) is the book I'm sharing with the world. This novella will be included in The Iron Legends along with Summer's Crossing and the newest Iron Fey novella, Iron's Prophecy.
Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Harlequin eBook Store
Meghan Chase used to be an ordinary girl...until she discovered that she is really a faery princess. After escaping from the clutches of the deadly Iron fey, Meghan must follow through on her promise to return to the equally dangerous Winter Court with her forbidden love, Prince Ash. But first, Meghan has one request: that they visit Puck--Meghan's best friend and servant of her father, King Oberon--who was gravely injured defending Meghan from the Iron Fey.
Yet Meghan and Ash's detour does not go unnoticed. They have caught the attention of an ancient, powerful hunter--a foe that even Ash may not be able to defeat....
Here's your chance to win a signed copy of The Iron Legends and an exclusive Winter Court bracelet so you can show your court pride. (Be sure to check out the rest of the tour stops for Summer and Iron court jewelry, not that you need it. Pfft.)
Be sure to follow the rest of The Iron Legends tour!
Monday, August 20th- Bewitched Bookworms - Intro Post
Tuesday, August 21th - Page Turners - Court: Summer
Wednesday, August 22th - Harlequin Blog - Court: Iron
Thursday - August 23th - Alison Can Read - Court: Summer
Friday, August 24th - Wastepaperprose - Court: Winter
Monday, August 27th- Mundie Mom's - Court Summer
Tuesday, August 28th - Bookalicio.us - Court: Iron
Wednesday, August 29th - The Unread Reader - Court: Winter
Thursday - August 30th - Supernatural Snark - Court: Winter
Friday, August 31th - Bewitched Bookworms - Court: Iron