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Review: “The Iron Daughter,” Julie Kagawa

June 15, 2011
Review: “The Iron Daughter,” Julie KagawaThe Iron Daughterby Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #2
Published by Harlequin Teen on August, 2010
Genres: Faeries, Fantasy
Pages: 359

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.

A great follow-up to The Iron King with our favourite characters returning for even more twists, adventure and magic. New characters bring some interesting plotlines and expand Julie Kagawa’s realm of faerie!

I really enjoyed The Iron Knight when I read it a few months ago. Despite this though, I wasn’t in a huge hurry to read the next book. It’s got nothing to do with the quality of them at all – it’s just after reading one of these books I feel utterly exhausted! There isn’t a moment to spare to breathe in Julie Kagawa’s The Iron Fey series, because you get action upon action upon ACTION! It’s much like Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands & Teeth series in that aspect. Just when you think things are quietening down and we might get a few soft minutes with our characters- BAM! There’s a new dilemma at hand. It’s refreshing to get a book with no ‘boring’ bits, but like I said, it is exhausting! I’m guessing The Iron Queen, the third book, will be much the same.

Meghan, Puck and Ash are back and it’s fantastic. I read the novella, Winter’s Passage, before starting on this one so I highly recommend you do so for a refresher course on the plot for The Iron King. As it had been some months since I’d read the first book, my knowledge of Meghan’s world and everyone in it was a little rusty. It also offers some nice interaction between Meghan and Ash before the start of The Iron Daughter.

I was thrilled to see Puck back in action after the events of The Iron King. I really adore him and have such a hard time choosing between him and Ash. While I DO ship Meghan and Ash together I can’t make up my mind on Ash or Puck for myself – hah! When it comes to the relationship between Meghan and Ash, there really is no contest for the chemistry they have. While Meghan and Puck do have a great friendship, it’s clear that her heart truly lies with Ash.

Grim and Ironhorse are also back and prove to be really enjoyable secondary characters. I’m really interested in finding out what the deal made between the two was! I really hope I find that out when I finally read The Iron Queen! Another unsolved mystery/dilemma proves to be that of the pianist Charles, who was Meghan’s first stepfather. I must admit I didn’t see this one coming. Probably because I haven’t read the first book in so long!

That brings me to Leanansidhe. Probably my favourite part about this one! Is it just me or does her character remind anyone else a little of Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmations? Haha. I thought she was a superb character and I found her so interesting – along with the mysteries of her house and the realm of exiles. I’d definitely like to see her again.

The plotline of the scepter was probably what won me over into giving this one a 5-star rating. The first quarter of the novel, with Meghan trapped in the Winter Court was a little sluggish to me and uneventful. I much preferred the book when the focus transitioned over to the stealing of the scepter and Virus and her Iron minions. Even without that plotline, however, it still would have been a solid 4-star book. Julie Kagawa’s writing is just perfection and she has such a way with her descriptions. Even with a totally dull plotline (which is pretty much non-existent in her books) Julie would still be one of my favourite authors!

Recommended to: Anyone who enjoyed the first in the series, The Iron King, will most definitely enjoy this one!

About Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyper-active Papillon puppy.


  • Reply Brett June 15, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I’m happy you liked it so much. I read the read first chapter of Iron King on iBooks and had to order all 3 straight away (bookdep has 10% off again so it was cheap). I’m going to start them in July.

  • Reply Maria June 15, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Loved your review! I’m so glad you liked the iron fey series just as much as I did.

    Here’s my review for the iron daughter:

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