Oct 24, 2013

Book Review: The Iron Daughter - Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey #2)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: August 1st 2010
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: Bought
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.
Hi there, The Iron Daughter. Please sit down and tell me what I can help you with. What, second book syndrome? Yes, I know what that is, and I can assure you that you don't have even a single one of its symptoms. None, nada, zilch.

At the end of this review, you'll see a rating of 4.5—why not a perfect 5, you ask? That's thanks to Meghan and the tsunamis of irritation she gave me. There were a lot of times when she reverted back to the clueless, helpless girl she'd been when the first book started, like she hadn't learned anything from the traumatizing events she'd gone through. Also, like in The Iron King, she simply went along for the ride, with decision-making being her biggest part in the mission because fighting and Meghan? Not a good combination (unless it's the climax, in which case her "strong fae powers" never fail to come out). And she even had the nerve to complain that she'd already sacrificed a lot, but, please, not her dear Winter prince, too! To her credit, though, she never lost sight of her goals and priorities.
I would kill him. If he hurt Ethan or Mom in any way, I would put a knife through his heart myself, even if I was sobbing my eyes out while I did it.

It seems like for every Iron Fey book, I'd feel the need to dedicate an entire paragraph or two to the romance, so here it goes. There's no doubt about Ash being swoon-worthy and all, especially with that mothereffing stud in his ear (it's just a thing I have with guys), but his relationship with Meghan still felt rushed. Considering all they'd been through together—particularly Ash's short douchebag stintit just wasn't believable for them to be so head-over-heels in love with each other. But don't worry, because I assure you that this book's ending will have you waving flags for this ship.

Which leaves dear Puck as the poor third side of the triangle. Like I said, I now ship Meghan/Ash, arguable histories aside, but I'd still choose Puck over Ash. Any. Day. He was his usual hilarious self here in TID, but with that hint of sexy menace. 
"Robin Goodfellow is an expert at dancing around the truth."
"Oh, look who's talking. If you're not an expert at screwing people over, I'll eat my head."
My heart just broke when he realized that Meghan's heart was a lost cause; refer to Damon Salvatore pre-season three of The Vampire Diaries.

We also see so much more of the fae world here in the second book. The world that Julie Kagawa created was just teeming with possibilities, and she didn't let any of those go to waste. The Iron Daughter is more fast-paced than its predecessor, but still unreletentingly bloody, funny, and twisty, and I'm just itching to pick up the next book.

"If you are going to do that, would you mind not jostling the bed so much?" came a sarcastic voice near the headboard. "Perhaps you could roll around on the floor."


1 comment:

  1. I totally love your discussion about Ash, Puck, and Meghan. Puck is like the sad third wheel, but I agree, that as guys, I kind of have to choose Puck alone because he's so hilarious and lights up the page, but clearly Ash and Meghan have more chemistry than Puck and Meghan. Great review, Kazhy! You make me want to reread this series! I remember how much I loved this one too.


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