Saturday, April 14, 2012

Book Review: The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey #2) by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey #2)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publishing Date: August 2010
Length: 304 pages
Genre: YA fiction, fantasy, romance
Source: Won

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.

Summary by Goodreads 

After reading THE IRON KING I’ve become a friend of faeries. In THE IRON DAUGHTER a sceptre is stolen and my first thought was ‘Ok, they need to get something back...again. Sounds a bit like the same scheme applied in book one.’ The team members are the same, shifting from time to time. The goal is comparable (thinking of Meghan’s brother Ethan being kidnapped in the first book). The way and the obstacles are completely different though. 

THE IRON DAUGHTER is less creepy than THE IRON KING, but still we meet many new quirky and dangerous creatures on our way.
Meghan, Ash and Puck. Buy one, get three. We are lucky that our favourite heroes seem inseparable, because Ash and Puck’s word duels are so much fun to read. In the sequel, THE IRON DAUGHTER, we also get to know Ash a little bit better. I just can't but love him!

Beside the romance and love triangle we learn more about Meghan's real father and find another major plot string in the looming battle of fairies against the iron army. 
The story didn’t loose an ounce of its original charm. I enjoyed this book so much, that I liked faeries even more after finishing it. I never liked a second book in a series more than the first novel until I read THE IRON DAUGHTER, which I think of as the role model of a sequel. It’s got a lot of action and romance and features scenes that I’d never expected, where other second novels have a major story low mostly explaining things.

 1) make-overs are fun
2) we wouldn’t mind wearing spider silk having prom dates like that
3) of a delightfully ordinary teen experience amidst a journey of epic proportions
4) of many new locations seamlessly fitting in the faerie world setting
5) of a perfect ending

5/5 ***** THE IRON DAUGHTER- A fairy tale come true, this novel’s got it all: magic, romance and just the beginning of an exciting quest!

The best second part in a series I’ve read so far! A second book in a YA fantasy series has never been this exciting before.

* For those of you who haven't already started it, check out THE IRON KING, the first novel in the series!

* Don’t miss THE IRON QUEEN and THE IRON KNIGHT, the next two books in the IRON FEY series.

* Read an excerpt of THE IRON DAUGHTER here

* Visit for more info about the brilliant author and her books


  1. Great review! I absolutely loved this book, especially the ending! :)

  2. It has been on my radar for a very long time and until now I'm still not reading it. Maybe I should, immediately. Happy reading!

    Rumpelstiltskin and Co.

  3. I also love every single book of The Iron Fey series. So. deliciously. fascinating!

    PD: I don't know if you received my message on twitter, but I got Keep Holding On on Netgalley :)

  4. I ADORE this series - it's one of my favourites, definitely! :D I liked faeries a lot more after reading it too - when I first started The Iron King I wasn't sure if faeries were really 'my thing' ;P Great review Sarah!