Friday, June 15, 2012


The Iron Daughter
Julie Kagawa

Rating: A

Synopsis from
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.
My thoughts on the book:
The Iron Daughter grabbed me and completely immersed me into the world that Kagawa has created. The Iron King was pretty good, and I enjoyed it, but The Iron Daughter blew me away. The characters are even more dynamic in this installment, the plot is more intriguing, the pacing is perfect, and the writing is spectacular. I completely lost myself in this book, and I can't wait to read The Iron Queen.

My favorite part about this novel was getting to know the characters better. Meghan is forced to work with people that I never thought she'd work with, and through those working relationships, I got to know some characters who were mysteries to me in the previous book. Furthermore, new characters were introduced, and they are just as unique and complex as the original characters are. I loved seeing more of my favorite faery cat, Grimalkin, and I also liked seeing another side of Puck. Ash is still my favorite, but he and Meghan got on my nerves at certain points within the book. However, Meghan was, for the most part, very mature and strong. She made difficult decisions and was fairly selfless the entire time. She has grown so much since The Iron King. By the end of the novel, she is even stronger. I can't wait to see how much she grows in the next book.

The plot of The Iron Daughter was full of twists and turns that I did not see coming. The book also seemed to move more quickly than the previous installment. I didn't get bored, nor did I feel that anything dragged while reading this novel. This caused me to enjoy the book much more than I did the first one. I hate when pacing is off, but Kagawa seems to have fixed the pacing problem that was apparent in the first novel. The plot for this story is also much more emotional than the last book. I actually cried during one part. I'm not sure if this is due to the fact that I got to know the characters more, and therefore felt more emotionally invested in what happened to them, or if Kagawa's writing was just better. Either way, this book got to me. Also, the ending is amazing. It's very rare that I like an ending of a book as much as I liked this one. Not only was it perfect plot-wise, but it also tied things up nicely while leaving room for the sequel.

Overall, I'd recommend this book (and series) to anyone. I really enjoyed The Iron Daughter. If you gave The Iron King a try, but weren't completely sold on it, I suggest giving the series another shot with this book. You won't be disappointed.

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  1. Great review, hun! I have The Iron King and your reviews are making me want to read this series so much!

  2. Awesome review! I also really enjoyed this book :)

  3. Awesome review! I also really enjoyed this book :)

    -Montana@ The Book Belles


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