BOOK REVIEW – The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey #2) by Julie KagawaThe Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey #2)
by Julie Kagawa
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Synopsis:

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.

Wow. I feel like I. just. can’t. get. enough. of. this. world. As I was travelling through Nevernever, following Ash Meghan’s steps, my wonder never ever faded. My dear friends who took part in Chelsea’s birthday’s buddy read can attest how much I got lost in this outstanding world, my heart aching to come back there. I fell in love with every single character I met, from this yawning, infuriating and hilarious Grimalkin to the giant spiders who… Wait, no. I’ll follow Meghan on this :

“I could handle goblins and bogeymen and evil, flesh-eating horses, but giant freaking spiders? That’s where I drew the line”

I couldn’t agree more. What? Have you seen their legs?

Are you ready to go? Yes? Okay then.

“Now, listen. Whatever you see in there, don’t buy anything, don’t offer anything, and don’t accept anything, no matter how much you want it. The vendors will try to make a deal with you – ignore them. Keep silent, and keep your eyes on me. Got it?”

Julie Kagawa’s writing manages to describe perfectly every single creature we meet, making them fleshed out, so much that I could totally see them jumping out the page and appear in my living-room for real.

“An ancient gnome stared up at me, her face wrinkled and shriveled like a valnut under a frayed clump of white hair. Barely two feet tall, dressed in a once-white robe with tiny gold glasses on the end of her nose, she glared at me like a furious midget bear, black eyes snapping with irritation.”

As the characters, none of the different settings are rushed : from Queen Mab’s palace to the Between, via the High-School, all the places are filled with tiny details which let the world literally appear in front of our wide-eyed eyes.

That says it all. Grimalkin, remember?

“How do you know your way around this place, Grim?”
Grimalkin blinked. “I am a cat,” he said, and vanished down one of the tunnels.”

Remember Ash? Yeah? That icy Prince I decided to not ramble about in my review of The Iron King? If I thought he won me in that first book, that’s nothing in comparison to the way I felt and fell for him in that one. Forget all the broody and wounded male-lead you know : none of them can beat him. Seriously : It took him only one apparition to warm my heart and send a flutter of emotions through me like crazy.

Well, I can ramble and ramble over and over again about him, but it’d be completely useless : just keep in mind that he’s loyal, heart-breaking, courageous, selfless – he’s perfection – but the good kind of perfection, that is to say, the perfect imperfection (and no, the fact he’s hot isn’t even taken into account).

Again, the plot was well-wrapped and the story fast-paced, and we’re reading as in a run, never resting, always captivated, gasping, sometimes frightened, always mesmerized.

Oh, and by the way, I like Meghan. Yes she shares many personality traits with other young-adults heroines and yes I could have been annoyed at some point but you know what? I never was. I understand her, I can relate to her (throwing rocks? I could totally do that), I’m proud of her. That’s all.

“Make your choice.”
Ash looked at me. I saw pain in his eyes, and a little regret, but they shone with such emotion I felt breathless. “I already have.”

 

Reading Order & Links:
Amazon (click on covers), iBooks (click on titles) & Book Depository (click on book #)
the iron king julie kagawa
The Iron King #1
Reviews:
Jen
Chelsea
Anna
winter's passage julie kagawa
Winter's Passage #1.5
Reviews:
Jen

Chelsea
the iron daughter julie kagawa
The Iron Daughter #2
Reviews:

Jen
Chelsea
Anna
the iron queen julie kagawa
The Iron Queen
#3

Reviews:

Jen
Chelsea
summer's crossing iron fey novella julie kagawa
Summer's Crossing #3.5
the iron knight julie kagawa
The Iron Knight #4
Reviews:

Chelsea
iron's prophecy julie kagawa
Iron's Prophecy #4.5
Reviews:

Chelsea
the lost prince julie kagawa
The Lost Prince: Call of the Forgotten #1
Reviews:

Jen
Chelsea
the iron traitor julie kagawa the iron fey
The Iron Traitor:Call of the Forgotten #2
the iron warrior julie kagawa the iron fey
The Iron Warrior:Call of the Forgotten #3

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