When I first started reading The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa, I was in one of those rare moods where I didn’t really feel like reading. I had just gotten back from a family vacation, somewhat late at night and I was ready to just fall into my bed and pass out. But I knew I had to at least start reading The Iron Daughter, so I made a compromise with myself to read one chapter before I fell asleep. Then it was two chapters. 359 pages later, I had finished the book and was left craving more.
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.
From the very first page, Kagawa enchants the readers with the deadly seductive Faery world, all the while keeping us firmly planted on Earth with Meghan’s very human feelings. Nerve-racking flight-or-fight scenes were sandwiched between scenes filled with Meghan’s raw emotions: namely, her love for Prince Ash of the Winter Court (even though he broke up with her) and her confused feelings for Puck (her best friend and arch enemy to Ash).
Both Ash and Puck act just as, if not more, emotional as Meghan, in their own silent brooding ways. I would love to be able to get into their minds and see exactly what they’re feeling, but unfortunately, we the readers can only see their actions through Meghan’s eyes and interpretations.
Despite her emotional turmoil, Meghan had clearly grown exponentially. No longer was she the girl who ran away and hid in the bathroom to cry after being picked on by bullies. Now, she faced down the beautiful yet deadly Fey without batting an eyelash.
With a deadly war between the Winter and the Summer courts about to break loose at any given moment, Meghan knows she’s the only one capable (and willing) to put an end to the bloodlust driven war.
The Iron King
The Iron Daughter
The Iron Queen