The Iron Daughter
(The Iron Fey #2)
By Julie Kagawa
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 rating: 4.8
The second book of the Iron Fey series revolves around the impending war between the summer and winter courts. As a result of Meghan’s contract, now that Ash has helped her retrieve her brother Ethan, she now has to stay at the Winter court to keep her end of the bargain. The day of the exchange of the scepter, the scepter is stolen from the Winter court and Queen Mab automatically assumes that Oberon and the summer court are behind this. No one believes Meghan when she explains that it was the Iron Fey because even after extensive searching, the iron fey have not been spotted by anyone other than Meghan, Ash and Puck. It’s her word against their instincts and unfortunately, a half-breed’s word does not amount to much.
After reading this book, the Iron Fey series has now become one of my 2014 favourites! Absolutely adore the characters, especially Ironhorse; he’s funnier than Grimalkin. I have a theory why Meghan can use glamour and I think it’s because she destroyed / killed the last iron king so perhaps the power has transferred to her? Maybe that was why the goblins (or was it gremlins?) listened to her when she told them to scatter because they were creeping her out. It just makes sense…plus Ironhorse calls her queen at one point, which adds to this theory.
The ending was AMAZING! I don’t want to spoil it but I can’t wait to read book 3. Although Meghan and Ash both took an oath at the end, I doubt they’ll be able to abide by it. There’s no way…
Poor Puck, just when he’s about to get the girl it all goes haywire for him. I was surprised at the turn in his and Meghan’s relationship and kind of annoyed at her for leading him on. She can’t have both guys, make up your mind already! I noticed that although Ash is meant to be in amazing fighter, he seems to get more injured than everyone else put together! Yet, he still ends up being okay in the end (not that I’m complaining, of course).
Grim wasn’t as vocal in this book, but Ironhorse made up for it…I wonder who will provide entertainment in the next book….
"This isn't a game, Meghan. The shit is about to hit the fan, and you're right in the middle of it without knowing enough to duck!"
"I couldn't do it alone. I should have listened to you back in Tir Na Nog."
"Yes, you should have," I whispered. "Remember that, so that next time you can just agree with whatever I say and we'll be fine."
I sat up and wiped my eyes, cursing the damned faeries and their eternal war. It seemed there was never enough time. Time to dance, or talk, or laugh, or even mourn the passing of a friend.