Wednesday, 29 June 2011

A review for The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey #2) by Julie Kagawa

Posted by: Jess
Published Date: August 1st, 2010
Finished Date: June 29th, 2011
Source: Brought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 359
The Blurb from Goodreads: 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.
The Review: You know that saying 'things get better with age'? Like wine? Well the Iron Daughter is similar to that, this gets better with each book. Seriously. I finished the book this morning on the train to work, and I was just left with a longing on how much I love this book, that I just want more! This series is definitely starting to become one of my favourites of 2011, so far.

I didn't really know how everything was going to play out in this book. After Ash, coming to collect Meghan from her world to take her to the Winter Court, to fulfill her promise to him. She's left alone, cold and abandoned by him without a friend, without her slowing building faery powers, which now lay dormant thanks to the faery b*tch Queen Mab. I was hooked at every page, I just kept turning, wanting to know what happens next.

I loved this one more than the first one, it was just better. I was so pleased to see more of Ash and Meghan. To read how their relationship grows, but to also see how their relationship ultimately affects the people around them like the Summer Court, the Winter Court, Puck etc. Having already created the world in The Iron King, Julie Kagawa still manages to describe the surroundings in such vivid detail that I find myself right there along side Meghan, Puck and Ash. Meeting the new characters who were introduced slowly but well developed by the end of a chapter. Great wrtiting. I'm not sure why, but I felt immediately drawn to Meghan and connected to her, that every emotion that she went through in this book I felt too. The loneliness, the heartbreak, being terrified, being brave when needing to. It was wonderful, I love being able to connect to the characters, to feel for them, to feel like you're right there in the midst of everything. I was so pleased to see Puck return, to have more of a part in this during Meghan's adventure. To have finally announce his love for Meghan, it was wonderful and I love Puck.

Let me move onto the ending of this book. I mean wow. I was rendered speechless and left smiling like a fool. It was a deeply well thought out ending. My favourite part? Well Ash confronting Queen Mab and finally declaring his love for Meghan. It was beautifully done, and I felt like I was right there in the crowd watching him. I won't go into too much detail because I may end up spoiling but at the very very end of this book...well I just hope that they manage to find their way back. A loophole of some sort. I do feel a little sad for Puck in all this, but in the end Meghan needed to follow her heart, and her heart pointed her in the direction its always been pointing in. Ash.  I honestly cannot wait to start on The Iron Queen, I NEED to know how this is going to pan out. 

Overall this journey was fantastic, old characters, new characters, funny moments, sad moments. The ending was wonderful and it left me wanting lots more! If you haven't already read this series, or you've thought about it and decided against it, well I have one thing to say. SHAME ON YOU! Pick these books up, read them, fall in love with the world of Faery, fall in love with Ash, and with Puck. Its simply an irresistible read, and definitely a must have on everyone's bookshelves.

Here I go with The Iron Queen. Wish me luck :)
P.S-Some of you may be wondering which team I am? Ash or Puck. Ha, well, that's actually quite hard. I've been swaying a lot recently, but ultimately I am...neither. I love them both too much (like WIll and Jem) so right now, I am TEAM PUSH.


Ana said...

I need to read the first one on the series book and with this rating I am expecting to read it soon!


Liz. R said...

I loved this one too, and I agree this series just gets better! The Iron Glad you enjoyed it, hope you enjoy the next one just as much :).

l0raah_ said...

Team Push, great :p I like both but I think I prefer the Ice Prince... :)
I've only read the first book in french, but I loved it and I can't wait to read The Iron Daughter!!

Book Passion for Life said...

Oh I most definitely prefer the Ice Prince, I just love Puck too much to not have him in a team. I want them both. Ash more though. Shhhh...don't tell Donna.