Thursday, June 16, 2011

Book Review: Iron Daughter

Iron Daughter

By:  Julie Kagawa

Publisher:  Harlequin Teen

Publish Date:  August 2010

Format:  Paperback 359pgs, Trade size

Genre:  YA Fantasy

Series:  2nd book in Iron Fey series; Book 1 ~ Iron King, Novella 1.5 ~ Winter's Passage

Recommendation:  Yes. Even adults how love to read fey, this is a fun adventure full of love for friends and family.

Book Synopsis:
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.

First Sentence:
The Iron King stood before me, magnificent in his beauty, silver hair whipping about like an unruly waterfall.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Meghan has been in the Winter fey court for some time now waiting all the while for Queen Mab to call her for an audience.  And Ash has been no where around.  Meghan questions whether her feeling for Ash were true or a glamour, and Ash's feeling for her.  Could there be a way to live with hiding their feelings from others?  The time of the Exchange of the scepter between courts and changing of seasons comes and King Orebon himself makes the trip, letting everyone know he will get his daughter back.  Then suddenly the Iron Knights appear, with only Meghan and one other seeing them and no one believing her, under instruction of their new King to steal the scepter from Winter Court drawing the Winter and Summer courts into war.  Meghan gets her chance to go home to her family, outside of the fey realm.  But will she choose to go home and try to forget or help the fey she is coming to love?

Now this is what I like to see.  I liked the first book, but it was more setup of the fey realm and the characters for me.  This one was all story.  There are so many different angles to go here.  There is the scepter, Ash, Puck, the between world and what is held there, Meghan's family outside of fey, and family in fey.  So many different degrees blended easily together here.

I loved what I got to learn of the Unseelie court and creatures.  To me I think this part of the fey world is more intriguing and interesting.  But then maybe I'm just drawn to the bad and evil side of things.  Even if they are on the notty side in their behaviors and habits.  Even down right cruel.  But it makes the dynamics of the different fey and mortal world more distinct. 
The characters... we meet new characters that are fun and even strange  Severla of these I hope to see again in the future.  Then we have our main characters as expected.  And they all make their appearances here.  Meghan has grown for me in this book.  She still has her moments of innocence but she thinks more on the bigger picture here.  She is learning and growing.  And we have our boys back as well.  But we have a new ally in this book which brings questions in the end of Meghan and what might be in store for her.

Do you need to read the novella Winter's Passage?  No you don't.  Actually much of it is repeated in the beginning of this book.  But it is a nice addition and verifies a few pieces left out in the beginning, but you definitely don't need it to go on with this book.  Although it is a nice little addition to enjoy.

The series is definitely getting better with this book.  I really enjoyed it and will be picking up Iron Queen soon.

I purchased this book for my own enjoyment.

This book qualifies for Speculative Fiction Challenge hosted by Floor to Ceiling Books and 2011 YA Reading Challenge hosted by Jamie love YA.


April X said...

Great review :) I liked Iron Daughter more than Iron King too, but Iron Queen is the best IMO, can't wait for you to read it! :D Yay run on sentences.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

April X - Hi! Oh, others are saying as well that this series gets better and better with each book. That is great to hear! :) And I'm looking forward to starting Iron Queen here at the first of July. :) Thank you!

Michelle Flick said...

I just bought the three books for this series! I can't wait to read it!! I have heard so many good things!!!

Anonymous said...

It says much when you like the sequel better than the original. Hopefully the trend continues for all the books.

Mel said...

I really need to catch up with this series! It's that age old tale that I have the first book but just not found time to read it just yet...*sigh*

Blodeuedd said...

I really should read them but I am just so scared of YA books since they mostly disappoint me. The exception being dystopia

Lisa @ Read.Breathe.Relax. said...

Great review, Mel! I agree- I really liked seeing Meghan grow and become a bit more wise this time around.

I'm seriously dying to know what happens in the Iron Queen. There are so many books between me and it, though. :/

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh yes! I'm so glad you liked this one. I agree with your review! Wait until you really get into the Iron Fae. It's so interesting! Great review!

Zia said...

Great review! I too enjoyed this one better than the first.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Mflick1 - Oh, I hope you enjoy these. This one was so much better than the first book. :) And I'm looking forward to reading Iron Queen next. :)

StephanieD - The sequels can go either way, better or not so good. And I'm glad to say this one was better. :)

Mel - lol. I know the feeling. I have so many of those that I need to get to sitting here, and needing to buy as well. Hhhhh... What to do!?! lol

Blodeuedd - I try to go into the YA reads not expecting a lot. They are made as lighter reads and I try to remember that, for the younger ones. But sometimes its hard to do so. But I do enjoy these ones for the fun. :)

Lisa @Read.Breathe.Relax - :) Thank you! It was great to see such a difference in Meghan, and I really liked her. Oh, I know the feeling with all those books. I have a load here too. But the group of book friends I'm reading them with keeps me going. :)

Melissa (Books&Things) - Hey! lol. Thank you! And glad you liked the review. I'm really looking forward to getting through Iron Queen and the next novella in anticipation of Iron Knight! :) Can't wait!

Zia - :) Hi! Thank you. Glad you liked the review, and it was sooo much better! Can't wait to start Iron Queen July 1st. :)