Publication Date: August 1, 2010Review: I didn't like The Iron King as much as others did, so I didn't expect on continuing the series. However, after reading Julie Kagawa's The Immortal Rules (which I LOVED) and hearing many amazing things about The Iron Queen (especially the ending), I decided to give the sequel to The Iron King a shot.
Page Count: 296
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.
At first, I regretted my decision. I had many problems, starting with Meghan. She was heartbroken over Ash. This reminded me that I never fell for Ash in the first book, nor did I believe in their feelings for each other. This was a major problem for me throughout the first quarter of the book. Meghan was so infatuated with Ash, it made it difficult for her to be the kick butt heroine I wanted her to be.
But by the time I was halfway through, I realized that I liked the book. A lot, actually. Meghan was starting to grow a backbone, becoming a stronger character as the page number grew higher. Also, I loved so many of the characters. Although Meghan and Ash never really made it onto that list, a few other characters did.
First off, Puck. Robin Goodfellow. He truly is a good fellow. (Lame joke, I know, whatever. Leave me alone.) I guess I could label myself as "Team Puck" although not in the way that I want Meghan and Puck to necessarily end up romantically together. Instead, I'm "Team Puck" in a way that says, "I am so in love with Puck because he's hilarious, cute, kind, comforting, and everything amazing in the world." Whereas, when it comes to Ash, I just see a brooding, attractive boy that's too mysterious and too capricious for my taste. He also does that thing where he pushes Meghan away for her own good. I'm a bit tired of that move because it's done so frequently. And in the end, it just hurts both parties.
Other characters I loved include Grimalkin and Ironhorse. Grimalkin is probably one of my favorite--if not my absolute favorite--characters. He's wise, dryly humorous, and I just loved him. Ironhorse was also an enjoyable character. His loyalty and loud voice were especially admirable, and it's a complete shame I won't see him again after this book.
The love triangle goes into full effect in this book, although I'm not completely sure that Puck is even in the running. Meghan doesn't really notice any other male besides her Winter prince. No worries, though. I'll totally have Puck for myself.
I loved the plot in this book. There were so many twists and turns. You could never expect what was going to happen next. There was always something going on, keeping me reading and flipping pages. The ending definitely shocked me and makes me eager to read The Iron Queen.
The Iron Daughter surprised me with its character development, exciting plot, lovable side characters, and wonderful prose. Despite the bad start, I enjoyed this book. Now, I'm off to read the sequel!
4 keys. (P.S. I think this is my longest review ever. Jeez.)