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Sunday, 4 July 2010

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Once again, I must apologise for being so inactive. The last week has been so busy with returning textbooks, prom, friend's birthday, movie-making endeavours- and then I have work experience from Monday.

Anyway, on with the review :D.


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, iron-bound 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 alone 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.


This was even better than The Iron King, if that's even possible. Action scenes abundant, descriptions of the Neverever were exquisitely written and Ash, Puck and the rest of the characters were as lovable as ever.

A particular new favourite character of mine was Leannesidhe, over-dramatic and humorous. Regarding favourite returning characters, well luckily Grimalkin made a return appearance although I would have liked to read more of him and his witty comments. Ironhorse- well I won't give too much away (although I fear I already have) but my perception of him definitely changed.

There was plenty of beautiful imagery. I really loved the prose, the detailed- but not overly so- descriptions of their surroundings that made it so easy to picture the world of the Neverever. Sometimes whilst reading novels, I just skip over the lengthy descriptive paragraphs- but not this time.

All the references to the real world put a smile on my face for example a character mentioned Kurt Cobain at one point. They reminded us that Megan really was just a high-school student, albeit a half-fey one. The homecoming dance was just plain awesome and this brings me to...

Ash. Ah, Ash, the faerie prince who has captured my heart. Or rather, Megan's heart. Megan is one lucky lady, I can tell you that. There was heartbreak, but there was also happiness. Megan's reactions were all very realistic and understandable and when she felt sad, you, the reader, were upset for her.

Furthermore, the mythology surrounding the Iron Fey was expanded upon. Kagawa's imagination seems boundless. We were introduced to many new concepts and creatures. The traditional fairy lore was also expanded upon as well. I enjoyed all the references to Puck's pranking ways, reminding us of the Shakespearean character he is based on. It was also entertaining to encounter so many different types of Faery- redcaps, goblins, satyrs, the list is endless!

All in all, a thoroughly engaging, lovely novel which has made me extremely impatient to read the final one in the trilogy.

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