Title: The Iron Daughter
*Series: The Iron Fey (#2)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: Paperback; 359
Release Date: August 1, 2010
Intended Reading Group: Young Adult
Content Screening: Mild Fantasy Violence
HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart
Recommended to: Readers of the series, readers who love a good romance mixed in with fantasy elements.
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Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.
Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.
Back in 2010 I stumbled upon Julie Kagawa's first book, The Iron King, by chance. I picked it up, saw that it was about fey, read it, and completely fell in love. Ever since then I've been trying to find the time to pick up the rest of the series! Meghan, Ash, and Puck are some of my favorite characters. I was so eager to see what would happen to them. Let me tell you, once you're in their world there is not turning back. Anyway, I digress. On to the review!
The Iron Daughter was everything that I was hoping it would be. Once more I was dragged into the land of the fey, and I went willingly and excitedly. What I really enjoyed about this second book was Meghan's character. In the first story she proved herself to be strong protagonist. I loved her fire, and her "never say never" attitude. Well, all that is back! However what is even more amazing is that the reader actually gets to see Meghan grow in this book. She isn't a little girl anymore and, even though she has some tough decisions to make, I adored how strong she was the entire time.
That's not to say Meghan doesn't have any emotions. She cries, she hurts, she falls for guys she shouldn't and has to make difficult choices because of it. It's all very realistic to be honest. Ash and Puck are both back in this installment of the series, and better than ever in my mind. Yes, I'm still torn on the whole debate of who I love more. Ash is so brooding, but Puck is so funny! Either way, it's easy to see why Meghan is so torn between the two. It's nice that Julie Kagawa allows her character to be so independent from the men in her life. Meghan needs them, but she also knows how to hold her own.
In terms of plot, the Iron Daughter answered a lot of the questions I had left over from last time! It was nice to see those wrapped up. I was a little saddened that the story ended where it did. Still, I see that there is a lot of potential for the next in the series. Of course you know I'll be picking that up. Long story short, I really enjoyed this book! It wasn't my favorite of the series, but there were a lot of great components. I cannot wait for more.
Other books reviewed in this series:
The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1)
Other books reviewed by this author:
The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.