Title: The Iron Daughter
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Iron Fey #2
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: August 1 2010
My Source: Library
My Rating: 4.5/5
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.
I have heard so many people who love this series, but I just wasn't impressed with The Iron King. I'm glad I stuck around with the series and continued onto The Iron Daughter. It got so much better! While I liked The Iron King, I found it a little too predictable and standard (you can read my review here). I was still very eager to see what Kagawa was going to do with the sequel, and I must say the sequel impressed me a lot more than the first book!
The action and adventure was non-stop. There was never a dull moment, the pacing was perfect. I loved the urgency and tension that made me need to keep reading! The romance was awesome too- a great love triangle. Puck and Ash were two great guys, but if you're wondering, I'm most certainly Team Ash. :)
I liked this book much more than the first one because I liked the characters so much more. I thought Meghan was pretty dull the first go around, but in this book she turned out strong and courageous. It didn't feel like she was out of character, I could tell she was just growing because of all the events happening to her. Very well done. I also want to mention something great I noticed was Kagawa's incredible dialouge skills. Every character had such a unique voice and phrasings I could tell who was speaking without even being told. Each character talked differently, which gave the book much more spice. The supporting characters were awesome too- Grimalkin, Leanansidhe, (plus the aforementioned Puck and Ash)- they all rock.
Great book. I give it a solid 4.5 stars, a great read that I highly recommend to anyone who loves a book with a perfect balance of romance, action, and fantasy!
Also, there are two more books in this series: The Iron Queen (release date is February 1 2011), and The Iron Knight (release date is scheduled for 2011 also). The Iron Knight was just recently announced and is going to be Ash's story. Not much information on it yet, but I am very excited to read it!
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