Title: The Iron Daughter
Author: Julie Kagawa
Paperback: 359 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Released Date: August 1, 2010
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.
I'd been hearing a lot about The Iron Fey series and so when I read The Iron King, it wasn't to my highest expectations. It was good...but not great. Yet I still wanted to read on with the series because the ending was pretty good and had a nice little cliffhanger...
But the second Iron Fey book, The Iron Daughter, exceeded my middle level fondness for this series, and completely blew me away! This book like that last, has a adventurous journey but this time the thoughts of David Bowie in his tight Lycra undies in The Labyrinth did not fleet across my mind...thank god. You might be wondering, David Bowie? WTF? Well that was the image I thought of when Megan was on her journey to save her little bro from the Iron King in the first book. Doesn't that remind you of The Labyrinth? Well not this time! This time, this book was nail biting and thrilling and I couldn't seem to put it down!
Megan's exploration of the love triangle between Ash and Puck deepens in this book and even though I rooted for Megan to be with Ash, I, myself was smitten with Puck! Puck is just such an enjoyable character, what with his smart ass comebacks and irresistible and funny nature. Plus, red hair is always a plus with me. Gingers rock! Ash was hot in his own princely iciness, but he just a bit too doom and gloom for my taste. Oh well, Megan seems to go for that type of thing!
We are also introduced to new characters, as well as old ones such as the witty fur ball of a cat, Grim. And I happen to really like the role of Ironhorse in this book. Without giving too much away, let's just say when he's a good guy, he's quite the cool creature.
This book carried me in a sense of adventurous thrill though out the book until the very end! I really can't wait until I read the next book but until then, I will anxiously wait, checking my library hold queue every 5 minutes!