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Review: THE IRON DAUGHTER by Julie Kagawa

Posted by on October 7, 2010
Julie Kagawa
304 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: August 1st, 2010
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: LOVED

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Book two in Julie Kagawa’s must-read Iron Fey series was as face-paced and thrilling as book one. Actually, I think I like The Iron Daughter more than The Iron King. Unlike many other YA novels, which drag on details, The Iron Daughter pulls you into the story from the very first page and continues to do so until the last page is turned. I couldn’t put it down for long, and I read through the 359 pages in a little over a day.

The story begins with Meghan Chase in the freezing land of Tir Na Nog, waiting to be summoned by Queen Mab, who will determine her faith. When the time comes for the Summer Court, under Lord Oberon (Meghan’s father), to hand over the Scepter of the Seasons to the Winter Court(under Queen Mab), something goes wrong. Royal blood is shed, the Scepter is stolen, and without knowing the details, Queen Mab declares war over the Summer Court. As Mab and the court leave to prepare for the war, the Queen imprisons Meghan into an icicle, without listening to what she has to say.

Meghan knows who is behind the sudden attack, but no one in the Winter Court (except Ash) will listen to the half-breed daughter of Lord Oberon. A turn of events bring Meghan, Puck, Grimalkin (who never misses out on an adventure of Meghan’s), and an unlikely ally – Ironhorse, together as they journey to retrieve the Scepter from the Iron Fey, who grow stronger by the minute. The land of Nevernever is slowly diminishing, and Meghan is determined to stop the Iron Fey, no matter what the cost.

If you haven’t read The Iron Daughter or The Iron King, what are you waiting for?

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  1. I like this series, but I don't think it's amazing. I actually think it's slow-paced. There were a lot of times where I would be distracted by FB or get up to do something else. To each their own, I guess.

    But great review, regardless! :)

  2. Excellent review, Hafsah! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed this one. This series is one of my favorites and I'm anxiously waiting for The Iron Queen. Thank you for your review. =)

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