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The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa book review

So I’ve literally just put this book down:


Here’s the blurb:

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fitted in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looks 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 the Prince who betrayed her, 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.

This book starts, I’d say like a fee weeks or so after the last one ended, time in faery though is unmeaurable so for Meghan a hundred years could have passed in the outside world and she wouldn’t know.
Meghan is alone in the Unseelie court having been abandoned by Ash. She thought Ash loved her but clearly it was just a ruse to get her to stay in Faery.

Meghan is called by Mab to the throne room and while there Ash manages to break her heart. His brother Rowan however is there to ease her heartbreak and embarks on a mission to get her into bed (which doesn’t happen!) Rowan tricks her into eating this truth fruit and Meghan tells him her feelings for Ash and again Ash manages to shatter Meghans heart. The fruit becomes too much for her and she falls into a coma. She hears voices around her and one that sounds like Ash and you can tell that he still loves her when he cries and tells her to wake up.

When she does however its just in time for the Scepter of the Seasons to change hands and for Winter to take over. While there she sees the older winter Prince Sage murdered by the Iron Fey and the scepter stolen. Of course Summer is to blame and Mab covers Meghan in ice. Practically growing her over and over again. Ash saves her however and fights his brother Rowan so they can escape. Ash is now a traitor to the Unseelie court.

He gets Meghan to safety and tells her that he can’t have the feelings for her that she wants. After a heartfelt passionate kiss Meghan vows that she won’t kiss him again.

After a race through the Nevernever by enemies they come to hut which comes under siege by Iron monsters. Puck comes to the rescue after healing from his injury. Puck declares his love for Meghan and attempts to kiss her, just as Ash walks in.

Ash leaves to find the scepter alone and Puck and Meghan embark on a mission themselves to find it. They come to the aid of the banished fey queen Leannsidhe who gives them a place to stay, a place between faery and the human world. While there Meghan kisses Puck but even though she loves him too, its Ash get heart beats for.

They break SciCorp where the Scepter is being kept and all seems to be going well, until they see Ash whose under the influence of an Iron bug, that not only controls him, but is slowly killing him.

Virus, who has the Scepter and who wants to rule the Iron Fey tells Ash to kill Meghan’s family. They arrive there with the house covered in ice and her parents in a deep sleep, while her brother is being protected by the Bogey (who Ethan has called Spider).

Meghan manages to get the bug out of Ash without killing him bit he’s weak and needs to be healed. They take him to a healer who heals him as much as she can but he still needs glamour to help heal him. So they end up going to Meghan’s Winter Formal.

Meghan dances with Puck and the. Ash and her and Ash have a heart to heart on the dancefloor.

They go to rescue the Scepter and stop the war that’s raging between Summer and Winter. Even though Meghan’s powers have been shut off to her by Mabs she has another power that is revealed and I think I know whats going to happen about that!

Ash is then given a choice: give up Meghan and come back to being the last winter prince (older brother Sage is dead and Rowan is the traitor who stole the Scepter) or become an exile. Ash declares his love for Meghan and so is exiled to the human world. Meghan, of course follows him, much to Puck’s heartbreak. It ends with Ash and Meghan kissing in the rain.

This is what a second book should be, heartbreak, a kiss by the other love interest, fighting and eventually the true loves declarations of love. Second books are always full of heartbreak and this one had an abundance of it.

Again this book has had negative comments but like I said in the first review of the first book: if you didn’t like it then why continue reading it? It has everything a boon should have. And its a YA fantasy book so of course ancient faeries will fall in love with humans… isn’t that why we read books? To take us to another world? Stop slating the books. They are brilliant.

I loved this book and I can’t wait to delve into the third to see if Ash and Meghan’s love survives.

So on to the third book I go!

4 out of 5


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