Friday, May 2, 2014

Friday Reads: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa!!

Hey everyone! Friday is here and with it a new week's Friday Reads! I'm starting it with the second book in one series that was not originally in my 2014 Series Challenge but that has been added since it's now finished!

The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey, #2)The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Iron Daughter stars right where The Iron King left us, so you can expect spoilers for the first book, as while most sequels. I will however try to keep the review as spoiler free as possible!

Meghan is now in the Winter court, being true to her word and learning how to deal with promises to the Fey. Life for her at Mab's palace is not easy at all, being despised and looked down on by most of the court. And she feels even worse cause Ash is ignoring her since they arrived, and he's back to his Unseelie Prince demeanor.

Then something happens that throws the Nevernever into disarray, with Winter and Summer preparing for war. Only Ash and Meghan know that the Scepter of Seasons wasn't stolen by the Summer court, but by the Iron Fey. Mab doesn't believe them so Ash and Meghan end up going on a mission to recover the Scepter on their own, with their usual allies aka Puck and Grimalkin. Seems like Grimalkin always has all the answers and knows all the way, but his answer it's always as enlightening as "I'm a cat". He really is favorite secondary character!

Meghan was a bit more irritating in the beginning of this book, all her doubts about Ash and her consequent self-doubt were a bit annoying after a while, even if I could somewhat understand where she was coming from. Still, it was a bit at odds with the strong and foot-in-mouth, go-into-things-head-first Meghan that we knew in Iron King.

Once the bigger action part of the book starts, Meghan changes her focus a bit and after some proper communication (this is a lesson I hope everyone will take from books, communication is key, don't just assume!!) with Ash, and meeting Leanansidhe for the first time (again for me, reading The Call of the Forgotten first has these consequences) with her redcaps and her human "pets" was quite a game changer right there.

I really liked Meghan training to feel less powerless or depending on others to save her, that attitude of hers is the one that makes me root for her. Something I really liked too was how in this book we see a lot of the Between, the Nevernever and the human world all mixed up. And I loved learning more about the Iron Fey and matching the new Fey to the technology counterparts of the human world.

The ending was quite interesting, with a certain finality to it, but also with so many uncertainities!

Even if I had some issues with Meghan for the first third of the book, this one didn't suffer from middle book/sequel syndrome at all and it's well deserving of 4 stars if only for the amazing world building and Grimalkin!

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  1. Heh. I still haven't read this series, or anything by this author. Definitely going to change that with Talon. I'm happy to see that you're working your way through the series! And really happy that this book is a great sequel novel. Fabulous review, Pili!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. You really need to start reading Kagawa books, Alyssa! And YES TALON FTW!! I hope once we both love that one to bits, you'll start reading her other books! ;)

  2. I love this series even though I don't have them. I checked them out at the library and fell in love with them. :)

    1. They're fantastic! I'm envious of you being able to get these books from the library! Mine doesn't stock books in English!

  3. Great review Pili :D I'm glad you are enjoying this series. <3 I love it too. Sigh. Mostly I love Ash, lol :D

    1. Thank you, sweetie! And yeah, Ash is pretty swoony! ;)


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