Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron Daughter
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publish Date: August 1, 2010
Source: Own

Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You like a little magic.
  • You enjoy good world building.
What's the Story?:

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 Two Cents:

Meghan Chase is back in the world of faeries and is reluctantly making good on her promise to return to the Unseelie court with Ash to face Queen Mab. Not even Meghan's father, King Oberon, can really help her now... Now there's a war between the Summer and the Winter Court and only Meghan may be able to show both sides that the Iron kingdom is to blame and not Summer or Winter.

This book continues where the first one left off. This book is really turning out to be a good adventure story. You get to find out a little bit more about Prince Ash and about why Meghan and Ash are willing to give up so much to be together. We also get to learn more about the Iron kingdom (this is one idea in the book that fascinates me: our human reliance on technology has created a brand new world that's trying to takeover the old worlds of our imagination - in another word, the faery world). There's a couple big twists in the book that I'm hoping get filled out a little more in the coming books.

One of the things that I love about these books is the world-building. It makes everything so real. I can easily imagine myself following along as Ash and Meghan try to make it from Faery back into the mortal realm through one of the many passage ways. I can see what the Winter and the Summer court look like. While the idea of faeries themselves are not all that realistic, the world building makes it seem like they could living among us.

I'm definitely excited to finish the series!


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