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Monday, October 3, 2011

REVIEW: "The Iron Daughter" by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Daughter (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.

PUBLICATION DATE: August 1, 2010
READ: September 2011
SOURCE: Bought-Used
GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy-Fae
SETTING: USA, Nevernever
SERIES: Iron Fey #2

**WARNING: Minor Spoilers of The Iron King and Winter's Passage**

The Iron Daughter is the second installment of Julie Kagawa's "Iron Fey" series.  Previously, readers have seen the heroine, Meghan, discover that she is the half-fae daughter of the Summer King aka Oberon and that her whole life is changing.  She also began a tenuous and forbidden relationship with the youngest son of the Winter Queen Mab, Ash.  Ash and Meghan defeated the mysterious Iron King and returned Meghan's half-brother to the mortal world.  Now, in payment of a debt, Meghan is now residing in the Winter Court under Mab's orders.

Kagawa gave readers a decent introduction into the world of the Fey in the debut to this series.  Now that she has gotten a chunk of the exposition out of the way, she is free to delve into the inner workings of this universe  and it results in a fabulous and terrifying adventure for Meghan, Ash, and Puck.

This book started out with action much quicker than The Iron King did.  Readers are thrown into the world of the Fey and provided a little background, but Kagawa makes it clear that this series should be read in proper order.  We get a little bit more information about the Winter Court and its relationship to the Summer Court which is not all sunshine and rainbows.  Kagawa also showcases Meghan's inability to get anyone at the court to believe her warnings about the Iron Fey.  This all comes to a head when the court is sneakily attacked by the Iron Fey, steals a valuable artifact, and manages to frame Meghan for the theft.

Ash and Meghan are then forced to escape from Tir Na Nog and search for the artifact in order to preserve peace between the Winter and Summer Courts.  The couple are soon joined by the fully-healed Puck and some other friends from the first book on their journey.  They travel to various settings both in Faery and in the mortal world from Silicon Valley to the home of the Queen of Muse. 

The best thing about Kagawa's writing is her descriptions.  She provides details in a flowing, but never overpowering way.  Readers are able to really get a sense of the world that Meghan travels.  One of my favorite scenes is a sneak attack on an office building in Silicon Valley.  As a reader, I could feel the tension coming from the characters and the high-profile location.

The characters in this series are another bonus.  Kagawa provides more depth to Meghan, Ash, and Puck in this book.  I especially enjoyed seeing more of Ash's inner turmoil between his devotion to his mother and his love for Meghan.  Puck's relationship with Meghan also takes an interesting turn in this book.  He is still the same practical joker from The Iron King, but seems to have developed a seriousness that emphasizes the difficult journey ahead in this series.  I also loved seeing the return of Grimalkin, Iron Horse, and Virus.  There are also some fabulous new characters like Ash's brothers, the Queen of Muse, and a group of half-breeds which I am anxious to read more about.

Therefore, The Iron Daughter is a great follow-up to The Iron King.  The plot is fast-paced, the characters are detailed, and the mysteries surrounding Meghan and her destiny just keep getting more complex.  I can't wait to read more about this fantastic world in The Iron Queen!


4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS

FAVORITE QUOTES:

"Forgive me," Ash murmured, and I heard the faintest of tremors beneath his voice. "But I can't...I won't...give her up. Not now, when I've just found her."

What if I take you apart and turn you into a toaster oven, how would you like that tin can?”

“I could have taken a nap instead of waiting for you to finally show up. What took you so long human? Did you walk?"

“You're kind of blind, you know?" Puck whispered, smiling to soften his words. "I wouldn't defy Oberon for just anyone. But, for you..." He leaned forward, touching his forehead to mine. "I'd come back from the dead for you.”

SERIES INFORMATION:

1. The Iron Queen
1.5. Winter's Passage
2. The Iron Daughter
3. The Iron Queen
3.5. Summer's Crossing
4. The Iron Knight (Coming October 25)

INTERESTING LINKS:
The Iron Daughter's Book Depository Page
The Iron Daughter's Goodreads Page
Iron Fey's Series Website
Julie Kagawa's Author Website
Lost Without Books Review
The Unread Reader Review
Smexy Books Review


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