Monday, November 26, 2012

Book Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Monday, November 26, 2012
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: Iron Fey #2
Source: Borrowed
*This may contain spoilers if you have not read The Iron King*
The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey, #2)
Meaghan is trapped in the Unseelie court with no magic, no hope of escape, and worst of all, no Ash. On the few occasions she does see him, he's frigid and distant, as if everything that happened in the Iron Kingdom was a lie. But then the Scepter of the Seasons is stolen by the Iron Fey and Meaghan has to get it back to save both the Nevernever and her own world. She'll need the help of her friends, and some surprising allies, but Meaghan has never been one to give up.

In my review of The Iron King, I raved about the world-building, and that still stands true in The Iron Daughter. The world of the Nevernever is so darkly magical and inventive, with fascinating characters and creatures. Everything from the frigid Unseelie court to the Between is breathtakingly imaginative. Kagawa has created a setting that is dangerously enchanting that I'd love to return to... but I may not.

Why? Well, the one complaint I had in The Iron King was Ash. He's tall, dark, and handsome, yes, but he's a walking cliche. It was instalove, he had no true depth as a character, and it both irked and bored me. So no, I wasn't thrilled that the focus of this book is on him. I don't understand the point of the love triangle either. (There's Puck, who she's known forever, who is funny and loyal and trustworthy, and then there's Ash, who's still mourning his dead girlfriend.... and well, that's really the extent of his character.) And honestly, I don't like love triangles, except for the *very* rare exception. They're useless conflicts that don't add to the story.

As for the rest of the plot, which I felt was overshadowed by the accursed love triangle, it was decent. A bit predictable, perhaps, but with plenty of action. Meaghan is still pretty fierce and her loyalty to her family is admirable. I just didn't connect with her the same way I did in the first book, especially when she indulges in some petty drama.

Despite this, I did love the development with Iron Horse. He quickly became one of my favorite characters. (Yes, he was kind of, well, murderous in The Iron King, but in this book he is more like a teddy bear of steel.) Grim is still wonderfully snarky, too. I can't get enough of that cat!

Overall, it's not as if I hated The Iron Daughter, by any means. I just wish that there had been a greater focus on the main plot than on Meaghan's unnecessarily twisted love life.
*2.5 stars*
A Quote from the Book: "Wow, icy reception here. And to think I came back from the dead for this." 
Should I continue on with this series? Or am I just going to be disappointed when there's more of Ash?


  1. I've read the first one and I liked it, but I haven't gotten to this one yet. I agree with your opinion on Ash and I was hoping there would be more depth to him in later books.

  2. Continue with the series. My favorite is the 4th book, and that's the one where the story is told through Ash's POV. Hopefully you'll enjoy it as much as I did! :)

    Lyra @ Defiantly Deviant

  3. Oh man, the only reason why I read up to book 3 was because of Puck. He was the only one who had a personality besides the cat lol.


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