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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa and Winter's Passage Cover (Novella)

This Galley was provided by Netgalley, courtesy of Harlequin Teen for honest review.
Thank you!

This is book 2 of The Iron Fey series.  Book 1 is The Iron King.  If you haven't read it....go read it first!  (My Review)

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.

REVIEW:  When we left Meghan in The Iron King, she was leaving her home, going with Prince Ash to turn herself over to the Unseelie (Winter) Court to fulfill her agreement with him. The Iron Daughter picks up right where we left off, but unlike The Iron King, which I thought started off kind of slow,The Iron Daughter plunges right into the thick of things.

When Meghan arrives at the Winter Queen's court, she doesn't know what is going to happen to her.  But the last thing she expects is to be abandoned and ignored by the Dark Prince she has grown to love.  Although he backs up her story to Queen Mab about the ominous Iron Fey, Ash shows no sign that the love he previously appeared to have for Meghan was true.  This leaves Meghan miserable and alone, and with no one to protect her from the threat that has secretly invaded the Winter Court.

The Iron Fey have returned, and they have stolen the Scepter of the Seasons, and killed someone in the Queen's court, right in front of Meghan.  With no witnesses to back her up, Meghan, and the Summer Court, soon become suspects, and Queen Mab's refusal to listen to her is leading Summer and Winter into war.  Meghan knows that if she is to stop the war and save the Faery world from the Iron Kingdom, she has to find the Scepter and return it to the Winter Queen.

In her quest to save Faery, Meghan is reunited with Puck, who has recovered from his injuries and is ready to take his place at her side.  Puck's loyalty, friendship, and love make Meghan look at him differently now, and as she tries to sort out her feelings for Ash, she also has to come to grips with the feelings she has for Puck.  Meghan and Puck are joined by friends, old and new, (yes, Grimalkin is among them) who tirelessly fight alongside them, putting their lives on the line for Meghan and for Faery.

MY THOUGHTS:  I really enjoyed reading The Iron King, but The Iron Daughter was even more fabulous.  I love the world that Julie Kagawa has created with the Iron Fey.  Although she uses a lot of the traditional Faery Lore, the brilliant introduction of the Iron Kingdom is something totally new and exciting.  And the writing is just as thrilling.  There is action, adventure, passion, despair, loyalty, friendship, and love.  Everything that makes a wonderful book......wonderful!  I also LOVE, that even though it has a sequel, I don't feel like I was left with a huge cliffhanger.  Julie has somehow managed to make me feel completely content with the ending, while still at the same time, making me want to have the next book NOW!

I have to say, I did find myself cringing at Meghan's tendency to be whiny and needy.  Every time that she ran after Ash begging him to stay with her, to love her, I wanted to yell, "Get a hold of yourself!"  But, I don't think that takes away from the book.  It just shows me that the characters are so believable that I actually care about them.

Then there's the Ash/Puck war that is taking place inside my head (along with Twitter, and blogs all over the blogosphere.)  Puck is so good to her, and so funny and sweet and he's not afraid to show her how he feels.  But Ash is so charming and gallant and mysterious....and gorgeous!  Oy Vey!  To have to make such hard decisions!

So, who would you pick, the dark, mystersious, brooding Prince Ash, or the playful, sarcastic, prankster, Puck?  I'd love to know!

The Iron Daughter comes out August 1st, AND according to Harlequin Teen, there will be an e-book exclusive Novella called Winter's Passage (I love this cover) coming out June 1st!  

At least I don't have to wait until The Iron Queen (Feb. 2011) to get a little bit more of the amazing Faery world that Ms. Kagawa has created!  Well done, Julie, keep it up!


(Want your own Team Ash or Team Puck button?  You can find them on Julie's blog!  Show your support!)

Parents need to know:  The Iron Daughter has quite a bit of violence in it, along with a large amount of "minor" cuss words, and a couple "major" ones.  There is also some sexual innuendo and some detailed kissing.  For more information go to The Iron Daughter on Parental Book Reviews.


  1. Excellent review! And great promotion (the author and publisher should love you!)

  2. @AAronswoman....thanks friend!

    @Mari Thank you! I really liked it! I'm a sucker for a good faerie book!

  3. Great review! After reading Iron Daughter, I definitely am Team Ash. I love Puck too, but have to go with Ash.

  4. Great review!!

    Welcome to SITs! I hope you are enjoying the party:-)


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