Thursday, June 28, 2012

Jen's review of "The Iron Daughter" by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey #2) by Julie Kagawa
Publication date: August 1st, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Number of pages: 359
Format: Paperback
Description: 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.
In the second installment to Julie Kagawa's 'Iron Fey' series, comes a story straight off its predecessor. Things pick up pretty much right away from where things were left in The Iron King.
Meghan was forced to go back to Never Never, aka the land of Faery... because she made a promise in exchange for getting her brother, Ethan back.
She finds herself in the land of the Unseelie, and it isn't the most comfortable place given that she is half Seelie and half human, neither traits work well in this court.
Ash, the boy she fell in love with is ignoring her and she doesn't understand why. But everything is not as it seems.. because Meghan soon learns what the Unseelie court is all about and why Ash acts the way he does when he is there. Emotions. Love. They are a weakness, and nobody wants to show a weakness when around his mother, Queen Mab.

The story moves quite quickly when something tragic happens at the festival where they exchange scepter in change of the seasons. A war breaks out, and Ash and Meghan, who are from different courts see themselves on different sides.

There is a lot more action in this book than there was in book 1. So much more going on, and it's exciting.
The relationship between Meg and Ash progress, not to mention the return of Puck, whose feelings for her are clearly obvious and where he makes them obvious to her as well.
Puck is my favourite character, so when I first read this book.. all I felt was sadness for him, and wanted him to get the girl because of how he has loved her for so long.
But now after re-reading the book, I still felt sad for him. I have came to understand that she isn't the girl for him, but his chance at happiness has yet to come.
Two of my favourite things about this book was the interactions between Ash and Puck. They swear to kill one another, but never get around to it... and so there is always this tension between them that you could cut with a knife it was that deep.

I was glad I re-read these first two books, as I liked them even more than the first time I read them.

Rating: 4/5

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