Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Review of The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Release Date: August 1, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 359 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Rating: 4.5 stars
Source: Library
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Review: The Iron Daughter is the sequel to The Iron King, a book that I really loved. The story picks up where the novella, Winter’s Passage, ends and gives us beautiful, vivid descriptions of the Winter Court and the Nevernever.
The Iron Daughter has a bit of everything: action, adventure, romance and an awesome group of characters, some old, some new. The secondary characters really add a lot to the story, especially Ironside, Leanansidhe and especially Grimalkin.
Megan’s character is a sixteen year old girl struggling with first love. She starts off a bit shaky with lots of angst, but she matures and really comes into her own. I love the fact that Megan is so honest with Ash, even at the expense of her own feelings.
While I do like the forbidden, Romeo and Juliet-like romance between Ash and Megan, I do see Puck’s appeal. Both guys are just wonderfully written and it’s the romance and the tension of this love triangle that stands out in the story for me. I usually don’t like love triangles, but this one works. 
The Iron Daughter is a great sequel. I actually think it may even be a bit more exciting than The Iron King, which makes me really anxious to read the third installment, The Iron Queen. This series is shaping up to be one of my favorites!
Content:  Language, violence, lots of sexual tension between Ash and Megan

3 comments:

Cheree said...

I've still got to read Iron King. I've been meaning to get around to reading it. Thanks for a fantastic review.

Jenny said...

Now I really know I've been missing out with not reading this series yet. I so have to get caught up. I love that this sounds like it would be really intense in a similar way to Firelight by Sophie Jordan which I loved. Great review. Made me want to read it!

Karen said...

Now I have to go back and finish the first one. I was in the middle of finals when started it and had to return it to the library because it was a crazy time!

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