Publication: August 2010 from Harlequin Teen
Series: Book 2 in The Iron Fey
Rating: 4 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I really liked it
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.
SPOILERS FOR BOOK 1 – THE IRON KING
The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa is the second book in The Iron Fey series. In good sequel format, The Iron Daughter throws you right into the action where book one left off and takes you on a crazy ride through the Nevernever that results in Meghan, Ash and Puck confronting foes they thought gone and the courts of Summer and Winter.
I’m kind of in love with Julie Kagawa’s writing guys. It takes nothing at all to lose myself in her books and just completely forget where I am, what I was doing and how much book I have left. It had been a while since I read The Iron King before I read this one (umm, 2 years, holy crap) but I could still remember everything clearly and still felt connected to the characters. Puck is still a funloving, rambunctious, sometimes slightly annoying goofball that will do anything for Meghan and Ash is still broody, takes Meghan’s breath away and annoying in his own way. This second book in the series shows Meghan leaving her capture in the Winter court to follow the Scepter of the Seasons that has been stolen from the courts by Iron fey. We are introduced to the Between where Leanansidhe rules as Queen over the exiled faery and provides some valuable help to Meghan while managing to still be mysterious and horde her secrets.
Ironhorse is also back, but as a friend to Meghan which is definitely leading to some huge revelation. I love all the hints that are dropped throughout the course of the book that you just know are going to lead to something but not when and what. The battle scenes are amazing, both the one between Summer and Winter, and Meghan’s battle against the Iron fey that stole the Scepter. Even though times are tough, Meghan still manages to luck out in finding people that can help her which is kind of convenient and I’m still not sure if I like Grim or not – he seems to have an agenda, and I’m hoping he’s not just a big dues ex machina that just helps to move the plot along (I’m thinking no, since that would be odd in fitting with Julie Kagawa’s storytelling).
Meghan goes through all this crap for Faery and she still gets the short end of the stick in the end. There is some great building to Meghan and Ash’s romance that just adds an extra depth to the plot and pace of the story, and The Iron Daughter brings out a lot of development in the characters. I’m excited to see where it’s all going in the third book!