Review:”The Iron Daughter” by Julie Kagawa
Published August 1st 2010 by Harlequin Teen
Review Copy: Purchased
Description from Goodreads:
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.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“The Iron Daughter” is one rollercoaster ride of a book, and I mean that in a good way. The story picks up where “Winter’s Passage” (the novella bridging the story between “The Iron King” and “The Iron Daughter”) ends – with Meghan living up to her end of the contract with the Winter Prince. Ash has brought her to Mab, and he’s forced to act as though he despises her in order to protect them both. Meghan struggles to accept his new behavior while in the winter court, as she feels as though Ash just used her instead. I’ll admit, there were moments in which I wanted to hit her, but when emotions get the best of you, sometimes you forget about your actions. When coming to deliver the sector to Mab, Oberon – Meghan’s father – hopes to take back his daughter as he isn’t aware of the contract she’s made with Ash. When Mab explains that Meghan is there on her own free will out of a contract, he states that one way or another he will have his daughter back.
Later that night, when the sector goes missing and Prince Sage is killed, Mab finds Meghan sitting beside her son’s body and proclaims war on Summer Court, as she feels they are responsible for this attack. When Meghan tries to explain that it was the Iron Fey, Mab freezes her and goes to announce war. When Ash breaks the ice encasing her body, his brother Rowan threatens to tell Mab the truth, which begins a battle between the brothers. When Rowan is left injured, Ash and Meghan must escape before Mab finds them.
From this point, things begin to get interesting. Meghan killed the Iron King in the first book, but she soon finds out there is a new King in charge and they seek to destroy the Winter and Summer courts. She has the choice to return to her normal, human life, or fight to save the Nevernever from the Iron Fey – she decides to stay and help fight.
I’ll try to avoid spoilers from here on out as there are a bunch of twists and turns in “The Iron Daughter”. I will say that there is a bit of a love triangle, which is to be expected, but Meghan’s heart truly only belongs to one. I honestly loved “The Iron Daughter” even more than “The Iron King”. Kagawa is a fantastic writer; she creates a world in which you can perfectly envision as you read along. I can’t wait to dig into “The Iron Queen” and “The Iron Knight”.