As the highly anticipated second book in the wildly popular Iron Fey series, The Iron Daughter continues the journey of Meghan Chase; half human, half faery royalty, she is also just a young girl of only sixteen forced into a world she once could only have imagined in her nightmares. Daughter to King Oberon and best friend to Robin “Puck” Goodfellow, Meghan has learned that sometimes what you read in fairy tales may not be fiction at all, it may be your reality. Now as she has chosen to reside in the Nevernever land and embrace her faery self, she must now face not only her love for Ash, the forbidden Winter Prince but also his Mother the Queen of the Winter Court.
After defeating the Iron King and returning her little brother Ethan to the human world in the first book of the series, Meghan must now pay her debt to the Winter Prince and return with him to the Winter Court where she could face imprisonment or even a torture worse than death from the ruthless Queen Mab. Missing the guidance and protection of her closest friend Puck, she must trust herself to be able to survive surrounded by enemies despite the loss of her fey powers. However soon the threat of the Iron Fey is once again upon the faery world and Meghan seems to be the one of the only fey aware of their existence. War looms between the Winter and Summer courts as Meghan once again goes to battle to save a world she has only begun to know.
Filled with magical creatures and an action packed plot The Iron Daughter is the perfect continuation of The Iron King. Engrossing and expertly paced the series is a wonderful fairy tale with the feel of an old world story gone modern. Shakespearean references weave perfectly into the story of a modern day teenage girl among a wonderland. While entertaining her readers and leading them on a story not to be forgotten, Julie Kagawa will also hopefully lead some of her teen readers back to classical literature through her Shakespearean roots for this entrancing fantasy series. The Iron Daughter is a book that will keep it’s readers glued to the pages until the very end.
I have to say I simply love this series. I was a little late to pick it up because often books that get a lot of hype “scare me off”. I’m not sure why, maybe I feel I will be let down but this has not been the case with the Iron Fey series. Especially since it will hopefully do one of the things closest to my heart: lead reader’s back to classical literature. Perhaps by reading about King Oberon and Puck, teens will want to pick up Shakespeare willingly. Readers can also check out Kagawa’s online free novella Winter’s Passage from Harlequin Teen. The Iron Queen, the next book in the popular series will be available February 2011.
And I know you are all waiting…so here it is…as of right now I am Team Ash! Let the taunting begin!