Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
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Publisher: HarlequinTEEN (January 25, 2011) 
Age Group: Young Adult 
Pages (Paperback): 363 
Series: The Iron Fey (Book 2) 
Read Next: The Iron Queen
Source: Library 
ISBN-13: 9780373210138
Genre: Fantasy (Faeries) 
Author: Website | Twitter | Blog
Series Reviews: Book 1 (4.5★)

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.


This book was better than the first. It was so full of deceit, betrayal and delicious evil. We are introduced into the reality that is the world of Faery and the hatred between Winter and Summer. The story is full of what it means to be faery and make the hard choices. There is a subtle change about Meghan that we learn throughout the course of the book that is finally revealed in an inspiring moment of power and loyalty. Battle in this book is more intense and more life-threateningly real for Meghan, Ash, and Puck which adds a whole new aspect to the world. It also has a solid, unrevealing, setup for The Iron Queen (Iron Fey #3).


This review may contains spoilers for previous books and/or very slightly, this book.

Picking up in a perfect continuance from The Iron King, this book starts in a land of unbridled cruelty and selfishness. As promised in The Iron King, Meghan is being held within the Unseelie Court by Queen Mab. Having spent most of the first book in the land of summer or iron, the beginning of this book rounds out the world, giving us a since of completion.

In the harsh coldness that is the land of Winter, Meghan finds herself confused, alone, and untrusted. Again, the saftey of the Nevernever is at stake and only she knows the full force of what is occuring. The interaction with our favorite scores of support characters lead Meghan on a confusing chase, always questioning who to trust while we unravel a new change the has come about in Meghan.

I was pleased at the mystery surrounding the re-introduction of Ironhorse and the depths to which this character has been created. I love Ash and Grimalken, maybe Puck too, but the addition of Ironhorse was so solid and pivotal to the story; it was extremely well written.

The plot for this book takes us across many lands while Meghan battles for her life and struggles, yet again, to save the people who do not believe her. The battle in this book was considerbly more well-written than in the first and had us on the edge of the seat, waiting to see who lived or died. Battles were never set up with a tone that hinted the outcome before it happened.

Julie Kagawa has again, crafted an incredible faery tale with a mythical level of magic and understanding. Through the span of two books, we have seen the characters grow and change in remarkable ways and we have been on the adventure of several lifetimes. I strongly encourage having The Iron Queen on stand-by in the hopes that you can continue Meghan's tale.

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