The Iron Daughter - Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: 1st August 2010
Other Titles in the Series: The Iron King; The Iron Queen (01/02/11)
Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is a 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 tuck 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 made no attempt to hide my love for The Iron King and the same goes for The Iron Daughter. I loved, loved, loved it!
Julie Kagawa has the most stunning writing style. Her imagery is mesmerising in its vibrancy and detail of the Nevernever. The harsh, impersonal Winter Court, the dangerous Wyldwood and the regal, aloof Faery royalty leap off the page and bury themselves in my brain. This world holds me tightly in its grip until well after I’ve turned the last page. It’s utterly captivating and always leaves me wanting more.
But my favourite aspect of The Iron Fey trilogy is still Ash. I guess I just have a thing for dark faery princes and I’ll have to learn to live with it. J though in The Iron Daughter he traumatised me. Ash ripped my heart out and stamped on it multiple times. Admittedly, it wasn’t always his fault and I still love him. I suppose you could say I’m Team Ash, really.
Putting my Ash love aside, I’ve also got to give Meghan her dues. I felt like she grew up in The Iron Daughter. Meghan knew what she wanted and how to get it, what she needed to do and how to do it and still put her life on the line to protect the people she loves. The experiences of the first book strengthened her and by the end of The Iron Daughter she was a fighter. And after the last chapter, she’s going to need to be.
Even though there was a not-quite-a-cliffhanger ending, I’m still dying for The Iron Queen, the final instalment of Meghan and Ash’s story.
For my 2010 100+ Reading Challenge