Thursday, 8 March 2012

[REVIEW] The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Published: August 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Agee Group: Young Adult
Series: The Iron Fey #2
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. (From Goodreads)

The Iron Daughter is the second book in the Iron Fey series.

The Iron Daughter starts off where Iron King ended, Meghan, the half-daughter of the Seelie court King Oberon, is stuck in the Unseelie court, prisoner to the Winter Queen Mab. There she meets the other prince's of Winter, Rowan and Sage. Ash, the youngest prince of Winter, had developed romantice feelings with Meghan but upon returning to his court, he became more distant and cold, practically avoiding her. So when the scepter of seasons is stolen and the oldest Winter price killed in battle, Queen Mab is furious and refuses to listen to Meghan and her constant pleas that the Iron Fey were the ones involved. Mab freezes Meghan but Ash rescuses her and the two escape. Along the way, Meghan's best friend and summer fairy Puck joins them and together, the three once again embark on a journey to bring back the scepter of seasons. But nothings ever as easy as it seems. Along the way, they'll meet new friends and new foes and Meghan may have to battle her toughest opponent yet.

The more I read in to the Iron Fey series, the more I'm starting to really enjoy it. 

I'm not a big fan of the Shakespearean fairy crossover tales. In fact, I find that adding Shakespeare to the storyline takes away from the fairy aspect of it so I really enjoy this story that focuses on the feys. 

The plot still remains relatively the same as the first novel, The Iron King. Meghan has to battle the iron fey in order to save someone, in this case, to restore the balance between Winter and Summer and to potentially avoid a war between the two courts. 

The romantic relationship between Meghan and Ash is taken to a new level as well. The only problem I had with their relationship was (spolier alert) that when Ash decided to become an exile for Meghan, I was happy BUT I didn't understand why all of a sudden he decided that. Throughout the entire story, he contemplates the moral of disobeying his court and I don't remember ever getting the feeling that he was going to but I guess love always prevails. That's what makes it a happy ending. 

The Iron Daughter was quite a page turner. It starts slow but then picks up and then pretty soon you won't be able to put it down. That's what happened to me and I'm so happy I had the sequel to this, The Iron Queen, with me too so I didn't have to wait in between. 

Definitely read this if you're in to books about fairies or even if you're looking for a good book about adventure. I guarentee that there are no other books that talk about iron fey (or at least no other books that i have found!)

(originally posted in the TPL Word Out program)

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