Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron Daughter {Iron Fey #2}

Author: Julie Kagawa

Published: Harlequin Teen August 2010

Sypnosis: 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.

Status: Read on December 26, 2010 — I own a copy

My Thoughts:

I picked and began reading up The Iron Daughter as soon as I finished The Iron King and the short story Winter’s Passage. The tale begins at the point The Iron King ends and incorporates a few elements from the free Iron Fey novella Winter’s Passage. I was eager to continue reading the series and hoped that Kagawa would be able to sustain the interesting storyline and wonderfully descriptive writing.
I was quickly caught up in the adventure as Meghan, Ash and a motley cast of fey try to prevent all out war between the Summer and Winter Courts. There are new characters, a more considered view of the Iron Kingdom and the action is fast paced.
As with The Iron King, I found myself having to gloss over Meghan’s flaws. Meghan has never been a particularly strong character for me and as the book opened I was disappointed to find her endlessly whining about Ash having forsaken her while she is a ‘guest’ of the Unseelie Court. I had thought Ash had made it clear that he could show her no favour at Court as to do so was to risk them both and so I found it annoying. Kagawa continues her homage to Shakespeare with a Romeo and Juliet storyline for Mehgan and Ash through-out the book in a way I felt that was perhaps a little too heavy handed. The star crossed lovers theme is familar enough without the need for contriving additional internal conflicts that weaken Meghan’s character. It’s really frustrating to enjoy a story so much without finding the main character all that appealing.
I felt there is perhaps less story and more emotion in this installment. Still as the book ended I was already looking forward to The Iron Queen and hoping for Meghan to finally find her feet.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

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  3. Steph
    Dec 29, 2010 @ 11:00:32

    I’ve been seeing Kagawa’s name everywhere I turn recently, so it’s good to see a review of her work. You’re right in that whether or not you like the main character has a huge effect on your overall enjoyment of a book. I’ve had the same issue with some other books I’ve read recently, and it’s definitely affected my reading of them.

    Thanks for your thoughtful review. 🙂

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  4. Casey (The Bookish Type)
    Dec 30, 2010 @ 18:11:43

    I agree — there was definitely more romance in this one! And I wanted to shake Meghan when she was being so dense about Ash! Gah! But after they left Tir Na Nog I thought the story hit its stride again. I really love this series =)

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