Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

 The Iron Daughter, by Julie Kagawa
To be released August 1st, 2010

From Amazon:
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.

*I know I haven't review the book that comes before this one (The Iron King), but stick with me and I will review it. If you haven't read the Iron King, there may be possible spoilers in this review!

My Summary:
Picking up where the last book left off, Meghan goes with Ash back to the Winter court, as promised. Once they get there, however, Ash makes it clear to her that he wants nothing to do with her. Now alone, and as Queen Mab's captive, she's heartbroken. Until she finds out the truth...about everybody.

Ash, Meghan, and Puck make a reluctant team in search of a valuable item that was stolen from the Winter court. With the Summer court blamed for the item's disappearance, they must find it before both courts go to war.

My Thoughts:
This book picks up where the last one left off: Meghan goes with Ash back to the Winter court, as promised. And yes, you read the synopsis right...she's deserted! But do read on, because it only gets better.

This book was definitely better than the first book, The Iron King. In the first book, Ash's attraction to Meghan seems to come from nowhere. In this book, however, his actions are all true to character and the drama unfolds as he once again becomes the icy prince we all know. Seeing him in his natural element was definitely interesting, and helped to build his character.

Meghan also grew as a character in this book, and I think Julie Kagawa definitely brought out some major characterization skills with her. She seemed to grow a little more mature, and able to handle things.

So, was it good? Overall, this was definitely a great read. Although I liked the first book, I honestly loved this one. There are less swear words, more characterization, more drama, more adventure, and a good ending.They make unlikely alliances, and find out a good share of dirty little secrets. My kind of book. :)

These two books could stand on their own, but I'd LOVE to see if there will be a third book coming out.
*Edit: Yes, there will be a third! It is set to be released Feb. 2011! Also, if you want something to read in between now, and August, Julie Kagawa has a free downloadable novella on her website, called Winter's Passage. It's a short novella about what happens on the trip to the Winter court, and it's available until July 31st! I just read it, and it's good stuff! Download it here.

Oh, and in case you're wondering.....TEAM ASH!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Thanks Netgalley, and Harlequin Teen, for the opportunity to read The Iron Daughter.

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