The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey #2)
By Julie Kagawa
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.
*sigh* Well, it’s about time I wrote a review for one of my favourite series EVER. And I finally found someone who has read it too and loves it as much as I do!!! SHAYLA!!!!
There are four books in this series and Shayla and I will be alternating between each book review. I’ll link to her review on the first book, The Iron King at the end of this review.
(*laughs* She did her weeks ago…)
So, Iron Daughter was a huge impact for me. I’ve said in many reviews that the romance isn’t that important and I usually appreciate both the romance and the main plot. It’s the same for this book, but the romance really did it for me. It’s actually the only book in the series that made me cry from the romance.
Because I already fell in love with Meghan’s character in Book 1, going into Book 2 was even better. I already loved her, and supported her, now, it was more of watching her grow and tackle the upcoming challenges in Iron Daughter. Shayla mentioned having her moments of being a damsel in distress, and in this book she had some too. Also, couple moments of stupidity where I wanted to hit her in the face real hard to knock some sense into her, especially in relation to a red-headed prankster. Seriously, she strung that guy along like there was no-tomorrow! Ugh. I felt so bad for Puck because I knew no matter what, endgame was going to be Ash and Meghan. And you know, the fact that she was sad about Ash rejecting her so she ran to another guy was not okay.
Ash. Ash. Ash. Thought he was a jerk some parts, others a romantic jerk that I couldn’t resist falling for. In this book, Ash struggled with his attraction to Meghan and his unresolved feelings for Ariella. The angst, my people, the angst. ❤ He also struggled with his relationship with his older brother Rowan. (He’s an asshole. Don’t like him for the life of me.) Ash is a complicated character and Kagawa provided some information about him and his life at court. At the end of the book, he’s still a mystery and his complete backstory isn’t revealed yet. (We get a whole book dedicated to him though, which is all good!! *heart eyes* )
Puck. My poor Puck. I’m Team Ash all the freaking way, but I love Puck too. He’s such a great comic relief and an amazing addition to the story. (SAME WITH GRIM. OH MY GOD, LOVE GRIM.) The one thing I didn’t like about Iron Daughter was the love triangle tidbit. NONONONONO. Yes, brings more conflict but I mean, I love Meghan and Puck’s friendship!! There was no need for that damn kiss to happen!! You didn’t have to cross the damn line of platonic friendship. 😡 Yea, that bothers me a lot. But I still can’t refuse giving this book five stars. 😛
Before I start about plot, I want to give a shoutout to Ironhorse!! I loved how everything he said was in caps and every time he spoke I had this loud, low, radio voice in my head. It was awesome! No author has written in all caps before and to put it as speech was a great idea. Julie Kagawa must had loads of fun writing Ironhorse’s character!! I know I had fun reading it!
So, the plot was well-paced for the first third of the book, then moved at snail pace for a whole chunk in the middle, then went to a steady rate of action near the end. There are many favourite scenes all scattered throughout. To name a few, Meghan’s coma state, the dark room, the dance, and the final scene. The thing with this book is that Kagawa captured your interest (despite the slow moving plot in the middle) with different scenarios. Her books are 100% original which makes for one hell of a good time.
Romance was on point in Iron Daughter. I mentioned the angst before, but the way Ash and Meghan can’t help gravitating towards each other like magnets is so romantic and awesome. In Iron King, you know their love is forbidden but in Iron Daughter, you really got to see how their relationship wouldn’t work unless something changed. With that fact, I couldn’t help but root for their happy ending. What better to make a relationship stronger than overcoming forbidden love??
I just want to give credit to the amazing covers this series has. Irrelevant but this is probably the first series that I can name at the top of my head that hasn’t changed the damn covers in the middle of the damn publication period!! Not to mention that the covers are gorgeous and suit the story perfectly. I also love those little quote/blurb thingys. You know this:
Yea, I love the covers…
Iron Daughter is a great blend of romance, action and humour. The story is written expertly and never ceases to intrigue.
I recommend the Iron Fey series to all fantasy and romance lovers.
Review: Iron King (Book 1) here