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.
Rating: 5 Stars
Book Title: The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey, #2)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: August 1st, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
FLYING through this series like nobody’s business and I don’t have it in me to slow down and take a pause before I go on to the next book. As I type this I have already started The Iron Queen (book 3) and I literally had to force myself to take a break to type the review for this one. That being said, I’m sure you can guess where this review is going in terms of yay or nay. For all you naysays, I respect your opinion but I can also respectfully say I feel sorry for anyone who didn’t fall in love with this series. I wish I had never put a pause on it when I did years ago after reading The Iron King and now that I started it again, I fully intend to read through all of the books (granted that I don’t completely hate one of them and decide to DNF, which is highly unlikely).
There were some loose ends that weren’t tied up for Meghan after she returned that I knew were going to carry over in book 2 that I was really excited about. Is it just me, or when you read books that feature faeries or the fae do you secretly yearn for the darkest bits of their world to surface in the books? I found myself doing that with the Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas and again for this series. Even though the Summer Court is the “lesser of the two evils” as far as everyone is concerned in the world of Faery, I wanted to see the darker court of the two. For Meghan, who saw the things that take place in the Summer Court and how unorthodox much of the gatherings were, she’s even more terrified of going to the Winter Court, where Queen Mab and her lackeys have no respect for those of the Summer Court, not even the daughter of King Oberon. But a deal’s a deal and Meghan leaves with Ash to fulfill her end of their agreement.
o Unexpected Alliances: If you thought Ash and Puck working together in book 1 was weird, it gets even weirder in The Iron Daughter. Now not two, but three of the different courts of fey have banned together in their attempts to help Meghan make things right. Seeing a member of the Iron Fey help her was really odd though and I loved the friendship that actually comes out of it by the end of the book. I thought it was a testament to the fact that we need to be constantly testing our own beliefs and even prejudices. For Meghan who grew up in the mortal world, she doesn’t understand the rivalry between the Summer and Winter Courts like the other fey do. For them they are taught to simply hate anyone they come into contact with from the other court, which often leads to them killing one another. Now that there’s a third court, unknown to many of the fey though, Summer and Winter turn on one another and declare war. Meghan is one of the few who know and believe in the Iron fey though, and I loved that it was going to take her, Puck, Ash, and a member of the Iron fey working together to stop this inevitable war that would destroy many of the fey fighting one another.
o Grimalkin’s Humor: Who said cats can’t be funny? Admittedly I am a HUGE cat person (#catlady) so anytime there are talking cats, or in this case, a cait sith (also known as Devil’s Cat), I usually fall in love. Grimalkin is flaky at times, often disappearing in the heat of battle or leaving them when they are stranded and don’t know what to do, but he always manages to show up at the worst moments and get them out of bad situations. So he’s not exactly NOT helpful, but not one they learn to depend on. My favorite part about Grimalkin though was by far his humor. Even though he’s extremely sarcastic and his humor is pretty dry, he’s absolutely hilarious and most of the scenes I found myself laughing at were when he was involved. Take for instance a scene in which someone almost dies. Everyone else is quiet, but leave it to Grimalkin to make a comment like, “well that was amusing” to break the tension. My absolute favorite though was when Meghan and another character (who shall not be named in order to avoid spoilers, and NO I’m not talking about Voldemort here LOL) are having a “moment.” Nothing like being a buzz kill Grimalkin and making it extremely awkward! Grimalkin knows more than he lets on though, I think in part because he spends so much time observing everything and everyone else around him. He’s a really good person to have on Meghan’s side and in both book 1 and 2 I was reminded of this every time he aided her on her journey.