5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
An amazing story, so much action and adventure. This is my favorite series and growing stronger all the time. I can't wait for the next book to continue this adventure.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Modernizing faery
Meghan Chase keeps her promise to Ash, the prince of the Winter Court, and accompanies him back to the Winter Court. There she is met with scorn and is left uncomforted by her icy boyfriend. When the Iron Fey attack the court and steal a potent seasonal magic, Meghan is accused of the crime and the murder of a fey prince. She escapes the court with Ash, determined to...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Iron Fey, Book Two,
This review is from: The Iron Daughter (Paperback)Meghan Chase is half Summer faery princess and half human. She is now a prisoner to the Winter faery queen, Mab. When the Iron Knights steal the Scepter of the Seasons and kill Crown Prince Sage, the Winter Court believes that the Summer Court were to blame. With her own fey powers blocked, Meghan finds herself stuck right in the middle of a faery war. Winter Prince Ash has been indifferent to Meghan since he delivered her to Queen Mab. Feeling deserted by the prince she thought loved her, Meghan realizes that if she was to survive her stay in the Winter Palace she would have to become strong as iron.
To stop the war, Meghan needs to retrieve the Scepter of the Seasons from the Iron fae and return it to Mab. When Prince Ash helps Meghan begin the journey, he is branded as a traitor. His own brother, Prince Rowan, has his personal Thornguards hunting them everywhere. Meghan is joined on her quest for the scepter by the infamous Puck (who is still trying to show Meghan how he feels for her), an aloof faery cat named Grimalkin, and Ironhorse (who was once the Iron King's lieutenant). As Meghan grows a backbone of iron, she also comes to understand that even should she retrieve the scepter and stop the war, she and Ash would still be on opposite sides. Due to this, they would always be enemies and could never be together. Once the scepter was back where it belonged, they would part forever. Could Meghan's growing feelings for Puck help her through the upcoming heartbreak of losing Ash?
***** FIVE STARS! This second story of the series picks up where the first left off. If you have not read the first title (The Iron King), chances are you will find yourself lost or confused at times. I strongly urge you to read these stories in order. I found this episode to be just as enthralling as the first. It is creative, well written, and has believable characters that I could easily identify with. The character of Meghan shows that you need not have magic or be considered special in order to stand up for yourself and do what is right. I eagerly look forward to the third title's release. Author Julie Kagawa writes teen fantasy as no other! *****
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3.0 out of 5 stars Modernizing faery,
This review is from: The Iron Daughter (Paperback)Meghan Chase keeps her promise to Ash, the prince of the Winter Court, and accompanies him back to the Winter Court. There she is met with scorn and is left uncomforted by her icy boyfriend. When the Iron Fey attack the court and steal a potent seasonal magic, Meghan is accused of the crime and the murder of a fey prince. She escapes the court with Ash, determined to clear herself and stop a war between the winter and summer fey. Ash, Meghan and Puck, with a little assistance from Grimalkin, try to reveal the plot of the Iron Fey.
The book was good, some of the scenes were a little silly (um, prom?, really?) and the writing and plot was fast paced. I think it is a good sequel to the first and fans of the series won't be displeased...unless you are on the wrong team in the love triangle of Meghan, Ash and Puck.
5.0 out of 5 stars Complelling Sequel,
This review is from: The Iron Daughter (Paperback)This is a great second installment to this series, and I found that I tore right through it. I did like the first book better, but I still really enjoyed this one.
I loved this world that Kagawa creates, the faery tale Midsummer Night's Dream dangerous yet enticing fantasy world. The creatures are so well portrayed that I can picture them easily. The danger is so real that I feel myself tensing up for Meghan, willing her not to do or say the wrong thing.
The love triangle develops more in this book - and I find myself liking both Puck and Ash for different reasons. I did get a bit annoyed with Meghan for being so mad at Ash for being mean to her, even when he told her that they couldn't be together or they would be bannished. She seemed so confused by his actions when he was acting pretty clearly. There is also a bit of a Romeo and Juliet thing going on, with the starcrossed lovers and families who will never get along.
However, I did like that Meghan shows a bit more of her powers and abilities in this book and I can't wait to see if she takes even more action in the next books. I hope that she keeps getting stronger. The twist at the end and the way she can use her power is intreguing to me and I can't wait to read more.
Also in this book, the secondary characters are wonderful and add so much. Grimalkin the cat is great, so aloof and smart and always there at the right time. I also liked Iron Horse and his steadfastness. Even though he is made of iron, his loyalty and devotion makes him seem pretty likable.
Kagawa continues her exploration of faery/imagination versus technology/progress in this book. I can see some of the lines potentially bluring, which is interesting.
Unfortunately, there were several grammatical errors in the text, maybe proofreading errors, but I find these annoying because they take me out of the book and the world created.
I would highly recommend this book to those who like fantasy books involving faeries, love triangles and plays on popular faerie mythology.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Q Book Addict,
This review is from: The Iron Daughter (Paperback)Publisher: Harlequin Teen
"The Iron daughter" picks up almost immediately after " The Iron King." Julie Kagawa has released an in-between novel called "Winter's Passage" that covers what's missing. Meghan Chase voluntarily agrees to follow Prince Ash back to Winter Kingdom when he holds his end of the bargain and assists with getting her brother back from the Iron King. Meghan is now in Queen Mab's court, held prisoner and Ash warns her to be strong, show no emotion and be smart. Meghan becomes more worried when a lengthily time passes, and nothing much has seemed to happen. Why is Queen Mab stalling? Meghan is at the mercy of the Unseelie court, it becomes clear that her powers have dissipated and Ash is nowhere to be found. Ash quickly becomes cold, distant and malicious, leaving Meghan to wonder where they stand- was she under the influence of his glamour? Changing of the seasons brings about changing of the sceptre and King Oberon has vowed to bring his daughter back to her rightful place-summer court after the ceremony. When King Oberon realizes that Meghan has volunteered to come to Winter Court, he is furious with her actions. At this point, there is nothing he can do to help. Meghan Chase must figure this out by herself. Suddenly, the sceptre is stolen and Prince Ash's brother lays dying while Meghan tries to convince everyone that the Iron Knights are at fault. Winter court and Summer court are quick to blame one another and war is requisitioned.
"The Iron Daughter" did not disappointed, I honestly think it was better than the "Iron King." Where book one was more about building the fairy world, book two was all about storytelling and plot development. Meghan is a great heroine, while she is highly flawed she is relatable. I feel like she has grown a lot from book one, and has begun to distance herself from her past. While she still loves and wishes her family the best, she knows where she belongs. At times she does become whiny, but she has to deal with some heavy circumstances. Ash becomes questionable when he unilaterally decides what is best for their doomed relationship. You really will want to knock some sense into him but when the subject of his lost loves comes about, you really will have your heart break. Puck remains the best friend but clearly his heart wants more. If your "Team Puck" you will enjoy this one. New characters are introduced which adds to the Faery world and builds a solid setting. Julie Kagawa takes her readers on another wild ride and I can't wait to read "The Iron Queen."
4.0 out of 5 stars A Captivating Sequel,
This review is from: The Iron Daughter (Paperback)Reading the Iron Daughter was like riding an emotional rollercoaster in a fascinating, dark faerie world created by Kagawa.
I was happy to see that quite a few of the aspects that bothered me about The Iron King began to grow on me in The Iron Daughter; most important of those was Meghan herself.
I have to admit though, that the complexity of Meghan and Ash's relationship is probably as frustrating for the reader as it is for Meghan. Probably because we're forced to listen to her angsty, lovesickness moping around without really doing anything useful or interesting. But at the same time, you can see positive changes begin to take root in her.
Something else I really appreciate is how honest everyone is about Meghan's flaws; particularly where Ash is concerned. Even he points out to her again and again exactly whawt her flaws are, and she's never set up on a pedastal as the perfect girl or perfect character. And the determination and fierce attitude after her heart is broken is admirable, and I'm glad ot see that she does show some sort of strength in the midst of that (even though it seemed to take a while for to get to that point).
I also really enjoyed the bantering and bickering between Puck and Ash- you can easily see that they used to be such good friends at one point in time. They're equally delectable characters, and Meghan's relationship with each of them amounts to one of the best love triangles I've ever seen. It never feels overly drawn out or overplayed to me, and parts of it seem natural (although there is one issue I take with it feeling somewhat forced on Meghan's part in regards to her possible interest in Puck).
Most importantly though, I like how they always maintain perspective of what's really vital and needs to be done, rather than sulking around and fighting like teenagers (even though the Unseelie Court reminded me of highschool). The plot manages to stay central at all times, and the character development continues to be strong proving it to be an enjoyable sequel building up to an even greater interest in the fates of these mesmerizing faeries.
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!,
This review is from: The Iron Daughter (Paperback)Starting off where The Iron King left off, Meghan is finally at the Winter Court, as she promised. Ash starts acting coldly to her and later the Scepter of Seasons is stolen. Queen Mab declares war on the Summer Court. Meghan decides to find the Specter since NeverNever, the fariy world, is not only in jeopardy, but the mortal world as well.
Bursting with imagination, Kagawa's world is as creative as ever. As always, my favorite aspect of the series is the setting. Meghan as a character starts to grow so much that I can't help but admire her. What I liked is that even though she decides to help save the mortal world as well as NeverNever, she still has doubts, still sometimes feels like backing out. Which is so human and normal which I love. In most books, the main character is supposed save the day, and no questions asked, they do it.
Meghan is not the only charater to develop. Ash, the Winter prince, develops as well, we see more insight on his character. Puck remains the goofy prankster as always. The romance also develops a great deal, at first it was only hinted that Puck felt something for Meghan but in The Iron Daughter, we see full proof of it and a love traingle between him and Ash begins. Many new characters are intoduced as well, and unlike most books, it's not thrown in your face.
In the beginning Meghan should have known that Ash was only protecting her. It was so obvious, how could she not have figured it out? Besides that small detail I have nothing else bad to say about the book, so you should start reading this one. And if you haven't read the Iron Fey series, I recommend you try it as soon as possible.
4.0 out of 5 stars You don't belong here,
This review is from: The Iron Daughter (Paperback)The Iron King is dead, and Meghan Chase has been whisked off to a land of eternal winter... but of course, "The Iron Daughter" quickly turns into an elaborate game of treachery, blood and ice. Julie Kagawatakes just long enough to acquaint us with the world of Tir na Nog before launching Ash and Meghan into a harrowing, treacherous new quest.
Meghan was counting on Ash to help her in the icy court of Winter. But suddenly he becomes cruel and cold to her, brushing her off in the nastiest way possible -- and things get worse when his nasty brother Rowan starts messing with her as well. Even worse, her father Oberon cannot negotiate for her because she formed a contract of her own free will.
And then, the worst happens: Tertius and a swarm of Iron Fey steal the Scepter of the Seasons and murder the crown prince of Winter, Sage.
But Mab refuses to believe that the Iron Fey are responsible, blaming Oberon for it instead, meaning that the Winter and Summer kingdoms are about to go to war. And though an old friend arrives to bring Meghan back to her own world, she soon discovers a way to recapture the Scepter and avert a war -- only to find that traitors working for the Iron Fey are everywhere she turns, and her new enemy may be someone she loves.
"The Iron Daughter" is a much darker story than "The Iron King" -- there's blood, torture, treachery and the occasional dragon woven into the faery world, plus all the usual dangers. And even when the gang goes back into the mortal realm, Kagawa introduces plenty of creepy stuff, including an Ash subplot that is both wrenching and romantic.
And Kagawa's prose is exquisite, part of the reason why this book stands above most other faerycentric urban fantasy. She laces the story with hauntingly lovely scenery and descriptions ("Will-o'-the-wisps and globes of faery fire drifted between them, sending shards of fractured light over the walls and floor"). The only weak spot is when everybody goes to a Winter Formal... which, while logical, feels out of place in the tangle of fey magic.
And the faery world she creates is suitably "rich and strange." Everything is still beautiful and deadly, and we see the Winter Court in all its glory -- it's icy, glittering, savage and unforgiving as a blizzard. And so is almost everybody in it.
Meghan remains a solid, likable heroine who is slowly getting acquainted with the fey world... and the problem is that she cries a lot more, and she doesn't seem sufficiently freaked out by her new power. Honestly, she should be screaming. And there seems to be a brewing love triangle between her, cheeky Robin and the chilly, passionate Ash, which is further complicated by the "no summer/winter romance!" rules.
"The Iron Daughter" is a solid (if mildly flawed) sequel to "The Iron King," especially due to Kagawa's lush, sumptuous writing. Here's hoping for a good third act.
4.0 out of 5 stars This series gets better with each book!,
This review is from: The Iron Daughter (Paperback)This book was exceptionally better than the first book in the series, "The Iron King" (I rated "The Iron King 3/5 stars), and it is obvious that the author, Julie Kagawa, is really coming into her own, she is growing as an author with each book.
I mentioned of my review of "The Iron King" that I found the characters to be quite flat, and while in this book I didn't find that the characters personalities to yet be fully formed, they were much more developed than in "The Iron King". Ash slowly thawed in this book, exposing his inner iciness, whereas Puck was more than just a trickster, and Meghan really started to accept herself, shedding her humanity (in a good way), in order to accept her Fey side.
I expressed my love for Iron Horse in the last book and who would have thunk it? That love increased tenfold in this book. Underneath that burning/ acidic/ iron exterior is a teeny, tiny, squishy, soft "My Little Pony", and once again, Iron Horse and Grim steal the story.
Julie's eye to detail and conveying that detail/ those descriptions out-loud is truly breathtaking- the world that she had creates? Truly impeccable. I don't know if I have ever been so sucked into a created world of Fey before.
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic follow up,
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This review is from: The Iron Daughter (Paperback)This is the second of three published books (fourth is yet to be released) and is a continuation from where The Iron King left off. This part of the story has Meghan starting to come into her own a bit more with the budding romance continuing through its trials and tribulations. Another exceptionally entertaining read that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. While I believe this book is aimed at the Y.A. crowd, adults will enjoy the story as well. It's a beautiful tale and is time well spent!
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The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa (Paperback - Aug. 1 2010)
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