24 July 2010

ARC Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron Daughter
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Iron Fey #2
Genre: YA
Release Date: August 1, 2010
Edition: Paperback
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, iron-bound 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 alone 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.

The story begins a little after the events of the previous book, The Iron King. After everything Meghan has been through, she though that when she arrived at the Winter Court she would have Ash's support, but she couldn't have been more wrong.

Meghan grows up a lot in this book. At the beginning she's alone and scared, but later she decides to go after the bad guys, with or without help. I liked seeing her taking charge and making tough choices, which made me like her even more than before. The love triangle between Meghan, Ash and Puck gets more screen time in this book. Ash acts a lot more like the Winter Prince, and we discover how deadly he can be while Puck keeps being one of the sources of humor in the story. I honestly don't know how Meghan is going to choose between them, I love them both!

We also get to see some characters from the previous book like Grimalkin, who's as mysterious as ever, Ironhorse, who may or may not be a bad guy or Mab & Oberon, as powerful and lethal as usual.

I loved the descriptions of the forest and the different places and beings, especially the iron fey, who have some different and at the same time similar characteristics as the Winter and Summer fey.

This book has non-stop action, a very conflicting romance and a heroine that you love the more you read about her. There are some plot points that are left unresolved, but I hope we'll find the asnwers in the next book. Sometimes sequels don't live up to the expectations of the first book, but that's not the case with this one. I think I enjoyed it even more and now all I want is the next and final book of this trilogy.

Next Book:
The Iron Queen - Iron Fey #3 - February 2011

Rating: 1/2