Title: The Iron Daughter
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Iron Fey, #2
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Date Published: August 1st, 2010
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
Unfortunately I was one of the few people who did not absolutely adore The Iron King. While I didn’t hate it by any means, I found it hard, as I do with most fae books, to connect with the fae world in general. It’s sometimes tough to break through the cold exterior that most of them, as a species, seem to have — even the good guys. So I wasn’t actually sure if I would continue the series, despite all the raving reviews. However, I decided I would keep going and see where it went. Boy am I happy I did!
I enjoyed reading The Iron Daughter very much. A lot of the things I didn’t like about the last book (primarily the coldness of the fae and the boringness of Meghan), were remedied in this book. I found myself connecting much more to Meghan and the other main characters, which I’m so glad about. Perhaps it was the mood I was in when I read the first book that left me feeling dissatisfied? I’m not sure.
But in this book the thing I loved the most was — well there’s two things I suppose. But the first is the adventure and action! This book is very fast-paced and on the move. It was exciting to see what sort of predicament the gang would find themselves in next. So this has a lot of fun stuff going on in that aspect. Dragons, deadly labyrinths, in-between worlds, and even in-between office building floors (cue Being John Malkovich). But, I won’t give too much away because the majority of the fun is getting there! Let me just say that the adventure was top-notch and I was truly impressed. My second favorite thing was Ash, but I won’t get into him too much either.
Another thing that really impresses me about Julie Kagawa’s writing is her visuals. I would absolutely adore seeing this series as movies because there are so many fun things that she brings to vivid life. It’s so very easy to picture everything that’s going on, even the things that are hardly imaginable!
Overall, I’m very happy I decided to push on and continue with the series. This book did not disappoint and I’m SO excited to read the next one as soon as possible!
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