Author: Julie Kagawa
Publication: August 1st, 2010
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Description: 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.
My Review:Like the first book, The Iron King, The Iron Daughter is full of action from beginning to end and written beautifully. Prehaps even more than in the first book, however, the main character really gets on my nerves.
Meghan cries more in this book than I have in that last 10 years. No lie. Something happens to her that causes any level of difficulty? Better cry about how hard her life is and wait for someone else to take care of the problem. Multiple times during the book, Meghan told herself than she was sick of crying and that she would be like iron: strong and unbreakable. And then five pages later, something (anything) would happen and she would freeze up and cry. Unlike some books where the heroine starts off with the character worth of a rock and develop through the novel into powerful women that can kick butt, Meghan remains an immature, overemotional whelp right up until the last page. If she wasn't crying or feeling sorry for herself, she was professing her eternal love for Ash, whom she met only a few months ago. Unless he isn't there, of course, and then Puck gets her attention. Okay Bella- I mean Meghan.. Occasionally she did do something worthwhile though, I'll give her that. With my dislike of Meghan, The Iron Daughter would have gotten a much lower rating, but everything else about it was wonderful.
The Iron Daughter continues the fast-paced, action packed story that I loved in The Iron King. Meghan and her friends never get a break - whether they're being chased by Iron fey or battling it out with Winter's Thornguard. The entire idea of Iron fey alongside the fey we got to know in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream remains fresh and intriguing. On top of that, the things that happen are unpredictable. And Kagawa continues to write beautifully. I really love the way that she can say so much with so little words for her descriptions. I can see the scene perfectly in my mind's eye without being overwhelmed by words, making the flow of the story very natural. Along with the exciting story, I really liked the characters.
Besides Meghan, I really enjoyed reading about the other characters in The Iron Daughter. The book starts off in the Winter court, so naturally we get to learn a lot about Ash's family and background. He remains the icy, handsome prince that we all got a crush on while reading the first book (don't even try to deny it), that also cares deeply for Meghan and will put her before even his own safety. We also get to spend more time with Puck, who frankly is my favorite character. I love his mischievous antics and how he is always there for Meghan to cheer her up, even if she's crying about Ash. Meghan strings him along through the book and I feel terrible for Puck. Grimalkin, the cait sith full of snark from the first book, returns as well.
In all, I enjoyed reading The Iron Daughter. Just.. Mehgan needs to learn about a little thing I like to call self respect. And being kick-ass. Important lessons to learn for a heroine with supposed vast powers. If it wasn't for Meghan getting on my nerves, The Iron Daughter would have been a perfect read. I definitely recommend reading this, and the rest of the books in the Iron Fey series, if you liked the first book.
Summed Up:Like the first book, The Iron Daughter had great writing, an interesting storyline, and plenty of action. Also like the first book, though, the main character really annoys me.
Iron Fey SeriesReview for #1: The Iron King
Review for #2: The Iron Daughter
Review for #3: The Iron Queen
Review for #3.5: Summer's Crossing - to come
Review for #4: The Iron Knight - to come