The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy
Age Recommendation: 14+
Length: Full Length (361 pgs)
Rating: 5 Suns
Reviewed by Snowdrop
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.
There is just something remarkable about reading books involving the faery realm that share a new perspective and twist on the same old, same old. The Iron Daughter brings an exciting and refreshing storyline to life with brilliant characters, gorgeous settings and the return of the Iron Fey.
Meghan, the half-faery princess, and her gang of misfits are yet again trying to fight the Iron Fey in their latest adventure in the Nevernever. Meghan teams up with Ash, Puck, Grim and a slew of new and exciting characters. The princess needs to figure out who she can trust, who her real friends are and exactly what she is fighting for.
To be honest most of the time when I read sequels I am leery, because I feel as though the first book is usually the best in a series. I was completely wrong with this author. Julie Kagawa surpassed my expectations for a sequel; with regards to her writing style, the imagination needed to create such endearing characters, and the passion that must have gone into getting the storyline just right. Throughout the book I caught myself actually going back to reread passages, because the wording was just so beautiful that I could clearly see the scene as if I were actually a part of the faery realm.
One of the things that made this a page turner for me was the love triangle that Meghan is involved in. She has incredible feelings for two amazing men in her life, but fears losing either of them. It is actually quite hard to ignore the emotions that pour through you during this novel. There is such passion and longing involved throughout the entire story.
As an avid faery world and romance novel reader, I would have to suggest this series to any who have just recently started reading fantasy and also to longtime readers of the genre. I will definitely be adding this series to my fantasy collection. Can't wait to see what Meghan's next mission will be!