Review of The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Published: August 2010
6 out of 5 smirks
Synopsis: “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.”
Wow, this book truly lives up to the first. I loved The Iron King so much after I borrowed it from someone to read, I immediately went out to get my very own copy. Reading IK is like being at home in this adventurous world, where things do go bump in the night and threats loom behind every tree or computer. The Iron Daughter made me ache to have a solid copy in front of me, because it too was like going home. I felt close to the characters, feeling their emotions, their struggles, and was in the action with them. And the one character who surprised me utterly and won my heart was Ironhorse, I loved him. Meeting him in Ik was a very different experience of what ID was about, and I came to the realization half way through the book that if I ever needed a protector or someone to think was so outrageously gallant it was funny, Ironhorse is my man or horse (depending on the form he chooses to take).
I truly just let myself drown in The Iron Daughter and barely realized I read it in one day. I was memorized by the love triangle, by Ash, by Puck, and how the mystery of who was behind what in the book was finally revealed. And the ending to it was perfect, just perfect. I cannot wait for The Iron Queen to come out so I can find out what happens with Meaghan, Ash, The Nevernever, Puck, and all the fey creatures. Julie Kagawa’s ability to write a book that speaks to my heart and makes my bad days always shine is why 5 out 5 smirks just wasn’t enough, it had to be 6.
Side note, if you have not read The Iron King (Book 1) yet, I have no idea what the hell you are waiting for. It’s the perfect book, it’s paperback, small enough to travel, and has every aspect that could appeal to anyone.