Release Date: August 1, 2010
Received From: NetGalley
Series: The Iron Fey #2
My Rating: 5 Stars
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.
I really liked The Iron King, but I Loved The Iron Daughter! I would say, this series is only going to get better with time, but how much better could it get? In this action packed sequel, Julie Kagawa leads us on a wild chase through the Nevernever. Looking back, there was so much happening in this book, it could have easily become rushed, or even confusing, but Kagawa pulls it all off flawlessly!
Meghan has certainly matured in this book. She doesn’t fall for Faerie tricks as easily anymore. She can definitely hold her own now. Except, maybe with Ash. A big chunk of the book revolves around Meghan’s feelings for Ash. I must say, in the first book, I didn’t feel the connection between the two. I do now. Their feelings for each other have most definitely strengthened. Even though I get it, and I really do, I am completely 100% Team Puck! My Puck was sadly missing from half of this book, but when he showed up, it was Ash who?
Once again, Julie has created an array of captivating side characters. Some were back from the first book, some were friends instead of enemies in this one, and some were brand new. Grim! I really want a Grim for myself. Well, I do have six cats already, and if they could talk they would probably be just as frustrating as Grim. Anyway! The brand new faerie we were introduced to, Leanansidhe, was an excellent edition to the characters. I hope we get to see a lot of her in future books too.
I have read a lot of books about Faerie. A lot. I can honestly say that this is my favorite Faerie realm. The imagery and imagination that Julie Kagawa has put into it, makes it jump right off the page. I can’t wait for more!