Thursday, 5 April 2012

Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey #2) by Julie Kagawa
Published by Mira Ink 2011

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.

The Iron Daughter was much better than The Iron King, although I still didn't feel fully connected. This is often the case with fantasy novels with me, but it was a great read nonetheless.

Meghan has now been imprisoned in the Winter realm for a while, after upholding her end of the bargain she made with Ash and coming back to the Winter Palace with him. However, the moment she was handed over to Queen Mab, Ash abandoned her and she hasn't seen him since. War is on the horizon between the realms of Summer and Winter, after the Sceptre of the Seasons is stolen. Only Meghan knows the true culprit: the Iron fey. However, no one but her and Ash have actually seen them before, and with no Ash to back her up, no one believes her. She also discovers that she can no longer use her powers for help, so what will she do?

Meghan is now trapped in the Winter Court without her powers for help and Ash has disappeared. Meghan is pretty much the same person, except now she's hiding out in her room and thinking and crying about Ash. I didn't really like her in the beginning. Ash does eventually appear, and quite frankly, he acted like an ass. I know he had his reasons and the love he has for Meghan does show through, but his icy persona switches on and off throughout the book.

When the Sceptre of the Seasons is stolen, Meghan puts herself on a mission to find and return it in order to restore balance. This adventure was much better than that in The Iron King, and I enjoyed it a lot more. There is a twist involving the return of one character who previously appeared in The Iron King and I liked how that turned out. The thing that I liked most about this book though was some of the new characters that were introduced. They were simply magical and I loved them all.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book much better than the first. It has a great new adventure with both the return of old characters and the arrival of new ones. I'll get round to The Iron Queen soon!

4 stars


  1. Okay, I REALLY need to start reading this series - it seems like everyone has read the Iron Fey books apart from me! :)

    1. That's why I decided to read them :) You should, they're actually pretty good!