|Read on June 26, 2013|
Published: August 1, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Page Count: 359 pages
Series: The Iron Fey, #2
This review is entirely spoiler free, even if you haven't read book one, The Iron King.
The Iron Daughter is an epic sequel with thrilling scenes so intense and a romance that blossoms so bright, it could melt any icy heart. Not only did Kagawa pull me deeper into the story, she made me fall in love with it all over again.
Sequels are a tricky thing. They are either: A) Very climatic with loads of action scenes, secrets revealed, and characters developing into even stronger people - or - B) Slow-going, not a lot of action since most of it will be saved for the finale, and the characters stay the same. It's very unfortunate when a sequel is the B option, but in this case, The Iron Daughter is totally not like that. The action scenes are incredible and nail-biting worthy. I have officially determined that Julie Kagawa is a master of action scenes. There are just so many of them, and each one draws you into the battle and never lets you go. And it is so hard to put down any of these books! The Iron Daughter was a masterfully crafted and one of a kind sequel. I loved it even more than the first book!
I had problems with Meghan in The Iron King, but I sure didn't in the sequel! She felt strong and caring - a perfect balance of both emotions. I felt that Ash was a bit distant in The Iron Daughter, but based off the circumstances, I could see why. I mean, faeries at war with each other?! Yes please. And these faeries are scary! I loved the way Kagawa described this haunting, yet beautiful, world of the Nevernever - it just seemed stunning. Even though there is loads of darkness lurking in the Nevernever, I wouldn't mind going on a journey with Meghan, Ash, and Puck (and don't forget Grim! I swear, that cat is my favorite part of this series) through it! The world-building is insanely unique and totally original. This is definitely my favorite Fae series, for sure!
War is a huge part of The Iron Fey series, and loads of war can be found in The Iron Daughter! It took just a little bit for some plot to get going, but once it did, it took off like a rocket. I guess that's why I loved it even more than the first book - there is never a stop-and-go moment. Everything is just go go go! I couldn't stop reading The Iron Daughter for a single minute, and that's how I knew that this was an excellent sequel. So good!
Overall, The Iron Daughter is a great installment in this marvelous series. Chilling as the bitter ice itself, The Iron Daughter delivers with thrilling moments and blooming love.
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