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Friday, August 12, 2011

"The Iron Daughter" by Julie Kagawa

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.

The second installment in the Iron Fey series didn't catch my attention quite the same as the first one. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed it, but it wasn't one of those stay up all night reading books. This story focused on the differences of the different types of fey, and the oncoming war due to the theft of a very important item.

Meghan starts out staying in the Unseelie Court, with  no powers and no one to talk to. Except Tiaothan, a phouka, who we don't really learn much about. I'm hoping she gets further developed in the next book. Something about her made me want to know more. She has some unsettling run ins with Prince Rowan, the middle prince. A cryptic conversation with Prince Sage, the oldest prince. And then some terrible things go down and her and Ash are on the run.

We meet back up with some old favorites along the way and run into plenty of trouble before we get the the final scene. I will say, though not entirely unexpected, the final happenings were pretty exciting. I wasn't on the edge of my seat as often during this installment, but Julie Kagawa's writing is just as spectacular and the world she has created is constantly new and exciting. I'm still eager to find out what happens next to Meghan, Ash, Puck and Grimalkin, so I will definitely pick up the next one :0)

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