Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

February 26, 2013 3 - 3.5 Stars, Faeries, Fantasy, Julie Kagawa 0 ★★★½

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey # 2
Published by Harlequin Teen on August 1, 2010
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 359
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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.

“We see you, Meghan Chase. You will not escape.”

In The Iron Daughter, the second book of the Iron Fey series, the half-human/half-faery Meghan Chase returns to Winter Court with Ash. A major betrayal, a stolen scepter, and a series of misunderstandings leads to a declaration of war between the Winter and Summer Courts.

For me, some of the magic from The Iron King has worn off. Meghan’s boomeranging emotions and inability to think rationally when it comes to Ash is beginning to grow tiresome. He loves her, he loves her not. Every time Ash denies his feelings for Meghan, something that occurs with irritating frequency in this book, we readers know he doesn’t mean it. So why doesn’t Meghan? She falls to pieces one moment and is in near ecstasy the next.

But there is plenty to like in The Iron Daughter. Meghan’s stalwart allies – Puck, Grimalkin, and Ironhorse – remain by her side. A new character, Leanansidhe, a total diva and more than a little dangerous, breathes some fresh air into the story. And Julie Kagawa’s ability to paint a beautiful, mystical world is still firmly in place. I’m not giving up on this series. The ending gives me hope that my problems with this book will not be an issue with the next one, and we’re left with a juicy cliffhanger that I want to see play out.

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