Monday, January 7, 2013

Book Review: The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey Series #2)

The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey, #2)
The Iron Daughter (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.
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Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: August 1, 2010

Kat's Review

(Spoiler Alert: If you haven't read Book One, there may be spoilers in this review.  Also, I do discuss specific plot points, although I try not to be too specific.)
Book two of the series picks up where book one left off, with Meghan awakening in the Winter Court, where Ash had vowed to bring her after helping Meghan rescue her brother from the Iron King.  Kagawa wastes no time in showing just how alone Meghan is there; Puck is nowhere to be found, Grim is absent, and Prince Ash treats her with nothing but disdain in front of the Queen.  The real adventure begins, however, when Prince Sage, Ash's brother, is murdered by the Iron Fey, and the Scepter of the Seasons is stolen.  Ash helps Meghan break out of the Winter Court with the intention of returning her home to the Summer Court, but instead find themselves on a quest to recover the scepter.
Maybe it's the allure of forbidden love, but I felt that Ash and Meghan's feelings for each other went from attraction to undying love rather quickly.  I also missed Puck, as he doesn't show up for almost the first hundred pages.  There's good reason for his absence (read the book and find out!), but it seemed as though Meghan barely missed him until he reappeared, which didn't make sense considering he was not only her best friend, but her only friend, for practically her whole life.  Her obsession with Ash seemed to block out her emotions for pretty much anyone else.  Although there is a bit of a love triangle set up, it didn't seem realistic to me.  Meghan's choice was obvious to me from the start.
What I did like about the book was Meghan's determination to do what she set out to do.  Although she's clearly in over her head, she takes on the responsibility of finding and returning the scepter, even when provided with opportunities to abandon her mission.  While she doesn't go it alone, she's not a pushover heroine either, relying on others to do the dirty work for her.  This aspect of the story was what I enjoyed the most, above and beyond the love story.  The way she begins discovering her power, which is so different from Ash and Puck's, was fascinating, and made me want to keep reading to find out more.  While I wasn't entirely sold on the romance angle, I really like the world that Julie Kagawa has created, enough so that I have cleared my schedule of all other books until I get through the last two in the original series.
Rating: A Good Read.
This book is worth making the time to read, and I will most certainly be finishing the series.

1 comment:

  1. My feeling exactly, she only gets more kick ass as things go on, and it's my favourite until the final book.


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