Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

#30 of 200

Original Language: English
Publisher: Harlequin Teens
Country: USA
Publication Date: 1 August 2010
ISBN: 0373210132
Page Count: 368
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, iron-bound 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 alone 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.
Julie Kagawa’s second Iron Fey novel, Iron Daughter begins several months after the events of Iron King. Ash has collected Meghan from her home and is completing their contract by taking her to the Winter Court where his Mother, Queen Mab, resides. Kagawa published a novella, Winter’s Passage, detailing their journey into Winter set between the two books.

The Iron Fey have struck again, killing the Winter Prince Sage and stealing the Scepter of Seasons, pinning the theft on the Summer Fey. As the only witness to the attack, half Summer fey Princess Meghan is punished by Mab, Winter Queen. During her time in the Winter Court, Meghan must stay strong and ignore the ridicule of the Unseelie. She must even suffer the disdain of the man she loves, Prince Ash, youngest son of Queen Mab.

The love story escalates in Iron Daughter, with the return of Puck and the distance Ash puts between himself and Meghan. In Nevernever a Winter and Summer Fey cannot have a happily ever after, and will find themselves exiled for their love. Enter Puck, Meghan’s best friend, and desperate for her love. The love triangle gains intensity, and becomes, at times, a little ludicrous, as events spiral out of control.

The relationship between Meghan and Ash becomes a strong literary tool. Because Ash refuses to acknowledge their love, for their safety and because of his loyalty to his Mother, the plot heads down a dangerous path. Iron Daughter becomes a tale of love, loss and betrayal.

In Iron Daughter, the Iron Fey, a group of new faery creatures imagined from progress and technology, return to threaten Nevernever. A false King has declared himself and is going after Meghan. Several of the Iron Fey, don’t believe in the false King, and have allied themselves Meghan and her companions. Iron Horse dedicates himself to Meghan as her protector.

In the Iron Fey series, Meghan never finds herself lacking for protections. Ash, Puck, Iron Horse and even Grim are desperate to keep her safe so she can defeat the Iron King. Admittedly, Ash and Puck have more selfish motives than the others.

Iron Daughter finishes with ending, and the story is picked up in book three:Iron Queen when Meghan and her friends must once again take down the Iron Fey.
Raiding Bookshelves Rating
Judging by the cover: The light colours bordering the cover model for Iron Daughter really capture the essence of the plot. With the seasons out of control and Meghan under the control of the Winter Court, the colours are ideal.


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