The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey Series #2)

The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey Series #2)

by Julie Kagawa


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ISBN-13: 9780373210138
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 08/01/2010
Series: Iron Fey Series , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 100,207
Product dimensions: 8.08(w) x 5.28(h) x 0.99(d)
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate.

Julie now lives is Louisville, KY with her husband and furkids. She is the international and NYT bestselling author of The Iron Fey series. Visit her at

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The Winter Court

The Iron King stood before me, magnificent in his beauty, silver hair whipping about like an unruly waterfall. His long black coat billowed behind him, accenting the pale, angular face and translucent skin, the blue-green veins glowing beneath the surface. Lightning flickered in the depths of his jet-black eyes, and the steel tentacles running the length of his spine and shoulders coiled around him like a cloak of wings, glinting in the light. Like an avenging angel, he floated toward me, hand outstretched, a sad, tender smile on his lips.

I stepped forward to meet him as the iron cables wrapped gently around me, drawing me close. "Meghan Chase," Machina murmured, running a hand through my hair. I shivered, keeping my hands at my sides as the tentacles caressed my skin. "You have come. What is it you want?"

I frowned. What did I want? What had I come for? "My brother," I answered, remembering. "You kidnapped my brother, Ethan, to draw me here. I want him back."

"No." Machina shook his head, moving closer. "You did not come for your brother, Meghan Chase. Nor did you come for the Unseelie prince you claim to love. You came here for one thing only. Power."

My head throbbed and I tried backing away, but the cables held me fast. "No," I muttered, struggling against the iron net. "This… this is wrong. This isn't how it went."

"Show me, then." Machina opened his arms wide. "How was it 'supposed' to go? What did you come here to do? Show me, Meghan Chase."


"Show me!"

Something throbbed in my hand: the beating pulse of the Witchwood arrow. With a yell, I raised my arm and drove the sharpened point through Machina's chest, sinking the arrow into his heart.

Machina staggered back, giving me a look of shocked horror. Only it wasn't Machina anymore but a faery prince with midnight hair and bright silver eyes. Lean and dangerous, silhouetted all in black, his hand went to the sword at his belt before he realized it was too late. He swayed, fighting to stay on his feet, and I bit down a scream.

"Meghan," Ash whispered, a thin line of red trickling from his mouth. His hands clutched at the arrow in his chest as he fell to his knees, pale gaze beseeching mine. "Why?"

Shaking, I raised my hands and saw they were covered in glistening crimson, running rivulets down my arms, dripping to the ground. Below the slick coating, things wiggled beneath my skin, pushing up through the surface, like leeches in blood. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew I should be terrified, appalled, majorly grossed out. I wasn't. I felt powerful, powerful and strong, as if electricity surged beneath my skin, as if I could do anything I wanted and no one could stop me.

I looked down at the Unseelie prince and sneered at the pathetic figure. Could I really have loved such a weakling once upon a time?

"Meghan." Ash knelt there, the life fading from him bit by bit, even as he struggled to hold on. For a brief moment, I admired his stubborn tenacity, but it wouldn't save him in the end. "What about your brother?" he pleaded. "And your family? They're waiting for you to come home."

Iron cables unfurled from my back and shoulders, spreading around me like glittering wings. Gazing down at the Unseelie prince, helpless before me, I gave him a patient smile.

"I am home."

The cables slashed down in a silver blur, slamming into the faery's chest and staking him to the ground. Ash jerked, his mouth gaping silently, before his head lolled back and he shattered like crystal on concrete.

Surrounded by the glittering remains of the Unseelie prince, I threw back my head and laughed, and it turned into a ragged scream as I wrenched myself awake.

My name is Meghan Chase.

I've been in the palace of the Winter fey for a while now. How long exactly? I don't know. Time doesn't flow right in this place. While I've been stuck in the Nevernever, the outside world, the mortal world, has gone on without me. If I ever get out of here, if I ever make it home, I might find a hundred years have passed while I was gone, like Rip van Winkle, and all my family and friends are long dead.

I try not to think of that too often, but sometimes, I can't help but wonder.

My room was cold. It was always cold. I was always cold.

Not even the sapphire flames in the hearth were enough to drive out the incessant chill. The walls and ceiling were made of opaque, smoky ice; even the chandelier sparkled with a thousand icicles. Tonight, I wore sweatpants, gloves, a thick sweater and a wool hat, but it wasn't enough. Outside my window, the underground city of the Winter fey sparkled with icy radiance. Dark forms leaped and fluttered in the shadows, flashing claws, teeth and wings. I shivered and gazed up at the sky. The ceiling of the vast cavern was too far away to see through the darkness, but thousands of tiny lights, balls of faery fire or faeries themselves, twinkled like a blanket of stars.

There was a rap at my door.

I didn't call out Come in. I'd learned not to do so in the past. This was the Unseelie Court, and inviting them into your room was a very, very bad idea. I couldn't keep them out completely, but the fey follow rules above all else, and by order of their queen, I was not to be bothered unless I requested it.

Letting them into my room could almost sound like such a request.

I crossed the floor, my breath streaming around me, and cracked open the door.

A slinky black cat sat on the floor with its tail curled around itself, gazing up at me with unblinking yellow eyes. Before I could say anything, it hissed and darted through the crack like a streak of shadow.


I spun around, but the cat was no longer a cat. Tiaothin the phouka stood there, grinning at me, canines glinting. Of course. It would be the phouka; they didn't follow social rules. In fact, they seemed to take great pleasure in breaking them. Furred ears peeked out of her dreadlocked hair, twitching sporadically. She wore a gaudy jacket that sparkled with fake gems and studs, ripped jeans and combat boots. Unlike the Seelie Court, the Unseelie fey actually preferred "mortal" clothing. Whether it was in direct defiance of the Seelie Court, or because they wanted to blend in more with humans, I wasn't sure.

"What do you want?" I asked cautiously. Tiaothin had taken a keen interest in me when I was brought to court, the insatiable curiosity of a phouka, I suppose. We'd talked a few times, but she wasn't exactly what I'd call a friend. The way she stared at me, unblinking, like she was sizing me up for her next meal, always made me nervous.

The phouka hissed, running her tongue along her teeth. "You're not ready," she said in her sibilant voice, looking me over skeptically. "Hurry. Hurry and change. We should go, quickly."

I frowned. Tiaothin had always been difficult to understand, bouncing from one subject to the next so quickly it was hard to keep up. "Go where?" I asked, and she giggled.

"The queen," Tiaothin purred, flicking her ears back and forth. "The queen has called for you."

My stomach twisted into a tight ball. Ever since I'd come to the Winter Court with Ash, I'd been dreading this moment. When we'd first arrived at the palace, the queen regarded me with a predatory smile and dismissed me, saying that she wished to speak to her son alone and would call for me soon. Of course, "soon" was a relative term in Faery, and I'd been on pins and needles ever since, waiting for Mab to remember me.

That was also the last time I saw Ash.

Thinking of Ash sent a flutter through my stomach, reminding me how much had changed. When I first came to Faery, searching for my kidnapped brother, Ash had been the enemy, the cold, dangerous son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. When war threatened the courts, Mab sent Ash to capture me, hoping to use me as leverage against my father, King Oberon. But, frantic to save my brother, I made a bargain with the Winter prince, instead: if he helped me rescue Ethan, I would return with him to the Unseelie Court without a fight. At that point, it was a desperate gamble; I needed all the help I could get to face down the Iron King and save my brother. But, somewhere in that blasted wasteland of dust and iron, watching Ash battle the realm that was poisoning his very essence, I realized I was in love with him.

Ash had gotten me there, but he almost didn't survive his brush with Machina. The King of the Iron fey was insanely strong, almost invincible. Against all odds, I managed to defeat Machina, rescue my brother, and take him home.

That night as per our contract, Ash came for me. It was time to honor my end of the bargain. Leaving my family behind once more, I followed Ash into Tir Na Nog, the land of Winter.

The journey through Tir Na Nog was cold, dark, and terrifying. Even with the Winter prince at my side, Faery was still savage and inhospitable, especially to humans. Ash was the perfect bodyguard, dangerous, alert and protective, but he seemed distant at times, distracted. And the farther we went into Winter, the more he drew away, sealing himself off from me and the world. And he wouldn't tell me why.

On the last night of our journey we were attacked. A monstrous wolf, sent by Oberon himself, tracked us down, intent on killing Ash and spiriting me back to the Summer Court. We managed to escape, but Ash was wounded fighting the creature, so we took refuge in an abandoned ice cave to rest and bind his wounds.

He was silent as I wrapped a makeshift bandage around his arm, but I could feel his eyes on me as I tied it off. Releasing his arm, I looked up to meet his silvery gaze. Ash blinked slowly, giving me that look that meant he was trying to figure me out. I waited, hoping I would finally glean some insight into his sudden aloofness.

"Why didn't you run?" he asked softly. "If that thing had killed me, you wouldn't have to come back to Tir Na Nog. You would've been free."

I scowled at him.

"I agreed to that contract, same as you," I muttered, tying off the bandage with a jerk, but Ash didn't even grunt. Angry now, I glared up at him, meeting his eyes. "What, you think just because I'm human I was going to back out? I knew what I was getting into, and I am going to uphold my end of the bargain, no matter what happens. And if you think I'd leave you just so I wouldn't have to meet Mab, then you don't know me at all."

"It's because you're human," Ash continued in that same quiet voice, holding my gaze, "that you missed a tactical opportunity. A Winter fey in your position wouldn't have come back. They wouldn't let their emotions get in the way. If you're going to survive in the Unseelie Court, you have to start thinking like them."

"Well, I'm not like them." I rose and took a step back, trying to ignore the feeling of hurt and betrayal, the stupid angry tears pressing at the corners of my eyes. "I'm not a Winter faery. I'm human, with human feelings and emotions. And if you want me to apologize for that, you can forget it. I can't just shut off my feelings like you can."

I whirled to stalk away in a huff, but Ash rose with blinding speed and gripped my upper arms. I stiffened, locking my knees and keeping my back straight, but struggling with him would have been useless. Even wounded and bleeding, he was much stronger than me.

"I'm not ungrateful," he murmured against my ear, making my stomach flutter despite itself. "I just want you to understand. The Winter Court preys on the weak. It's their nature. They will try to tear you apart, physically and emotionally, and I won't always be there to protect you."

I shivered, anger melting away, as my own doubts and fears came rushing back. Ash sighed, and I felt his forehead touch the back of my hair, his breath fanning my neck. "I don't want to do this," he admitted in a low, anguished voice. "I don't want to see what they'll try to do to you. A Summer fey in the Winter Court doesn't stand much of a chance. But I vowed that I would bring you back, and I'm bound to that promise." He raised his head, squeezing my shoulders in an almost painful grip as his voice dropped a few octaves, turning grim and cold. "So you have to be stronger than they are. You can't let down your guard, no matter what. They will lead you on, with games and pretty words, and they will take pleasure in your misery. Don't let them get to you. And don't trust anyone." He paused, and his voice went even lower. "Not even me."

"I'll always trust you," I whispered without thinking, and his hands tightened, turning me almost savagely to face him.

"No," he said, narrowing his eyes. "You won't. I'm your enemy, Meghan. Never forget that. If Mab tells me to kill you in front of the entire court, it's my duty to obey. If she orders Rowan or Sage to carve you up slowly, making sure you suffer every second of it, I'm expected to stand there and let them do it. Do you understand? My feelings for you don't matter in the Winter Court. Summer and Winter will always be on opposite sides, and nothing will change that."

I knew I should be afraid of him. He was an Unseelie prince, after all, and had in no uncertain terms admitted he would kill me if Mab ordered him to. But he also admitted to having feelings for me, feelings that didn't matter, but it still made my stomach squirm when I heard it. And maybe I was being naive, but I couldn't believe Ash would willingly hurt me, even in the Winter Court. Not with the way he was looking at me now, his silver eyes conflicted and angry.

He stared at me a moment longer, then sighed. "You didn't hear a word I said, did you?" he murmured, closing his eyes.

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katarinasmama More than 1 year ago
See I have a thing about sequel's -- they either hit the mark or they don't. There's no in-between point, at least not for me. And I loved <i>The Iron King's</i> mythology, charcters and plot, so I did have to wonder could Julie Kagawa do that all over again? Well,YA Fantasy Fans, she did even more! What I loved about <i>The Iron King</i> was the mythology -- the nod to traditional faerie lore and then the completely justified and believable addition of an Iron Court. This tilted the familiar power struggle between the Seelie and the Unseelie Courts and created complete chaos. It was exhilirating to read through it. But now what? Well, Julie answered that question. She answered it in spades. When we last left Meaghan and Ash they were on their way to Ash's home, The Winter Court. Not exactly the turf that a Summer Court Princess (albeit half-human, half-fey) would feel comfortable in but Meaghan had made a promise to Ash and to the fey, promises are everything. I'm going to keep this review spoiler-free, so let me just say that the book may start off with the fulfillment of a promise but where it leads you is so unbelievably unexpected that you will be gasping out loud. I've read a few books like this, so chock full of action that you find it exhilirating to turn the pages only to discover that there's even more. Isn't that the best part? I'm going to take a moment and compare Julie's action writing sequences to those of my favorite YA fantasy author, Cassandra Clare. Yes, they are THAT good. That unbelievably good. But that's not the best part. The very best part were the characters' arcs -- Meaghan's, Ash's and Puck's. Their back-stories, journeys and amazing transformations were so credible that I found my heart aching for them. And please, don't even ask if there's romance. There is unbelievable, forbidden, beautiful romance. Again, my hat's off to Julie, who wrote the scene on page 99 so well, that I had to text a few of my close bookwormish pals just to vent. What did the text say, you ask? It said, "He's breaking my heart, but in a good way." A full five-stars to Julie Kagawa's The Iron Daughter. If you love action, romance and watching how characters mature through heart-wrenching trials, you will love this story as much as I do.
ACasualReader More than 1 year ago
I've honestly been putting off this review for a couple days for fear I won't do this review justice considering how much I loved it. The story picks up right where it left off in The Iron King. Meghan is taken by Ash to the Winter Court to face Queen Mab per the contract she made with him in return for his in help getting Ethan, her brother back. I really can't say much about how the story unfolds, afraid I will give away something important. Julie Kagawa excels in creating a wonderful landscape. You're lost in this world and I found myself devouring the pages and losing track of time as I took on this journey with Meghan, Ash and Puck. The love triangle continues in this story though I have to say, it's a little one sided. Meghan loves Puck but she loves Ash differently. When I was reading The Iron King, I was a little leery of Ash and Meghan's feelings toward one another and was waiting for Meghan to wake up and smell the roses with how Puck felt about her. The girl was pretty naive. I was ready for Puck to get his chance. I can defiantly say I'm 100% team.Ash! I love his character. You learn more about his past and some of his walls come down and you get to see the real Ash. Puck is still Puck.witty and always cracking a joke or spitting out a smart comment. Though when it's time to get serious and protect Meghan, he's there 100% loyal all the way. We get to see new characters and I'm and totally in love with Grim the cat. He is one of my favorite characters in the series. I was shocked with the ending; I didn't actually think Ash would do what he did. It was bitter sweet and perfect and will have you aching to read Book 3, The Iron Queen. It comes out Feb 2011. I highly recommend reading this book if you've already read The Iron King. I loved and strongly encourage everyone to read this series.
Aik More than 1 year ago
I had high expectations for this book even before I started reading it due to its brilliant debut. I wasn't the least bit disappointed with The Iron Daughter. It was as good as The Iron King, if not better. They story has a powerful and thrilling plot which brings readers on a journey to retrieve the Scepter of Seasons which was stolen by a new kind of Faery called The Iron Fey. The beginning of the story started with Meghan staying in Tir Na Nog, the Winter Court, where Queen Mab is the monarch. She feels bad because of the incessant chill, but she feels even worse by Prince Ash's sudden change of behaviour --- he becomes distant, cold and cruel. His eyes glittered as he shot me a glare of pure loathing. "It's Master Ash, or Your Highness to you, half-breed. And I don't recall giving you permission to speak to me. Remember that, because the next time you forget your place, I'll remind you with my blade." --- Ash, page 28 Meghan can't go home, and her father, King Oberon has no way to free her because she is there on a contract of her own free will. When some Iron Fey lead by Tertius steals the Scepter of Seasons and murders the crown prince of the Winter Court, Sage, Queen Mab is furious and she accuses Oberon of doing the act of crime. A war is about to start... and Meghan is going to do anything to stop it from happening. I love Julie's hauntingly beautiful description of the scenery of Faeryland. She manages to create a place where beauty and danger coexists. Julie's exquisite literary prose is one of the reasons which makes this book stand out from the sea of other novels in the fantasy genre. Her words made me delve into the Fey world with ease, following Meghan and her friends on their exciting and dangerous adventure. In this novel, Meghan turns to Puck for company due to Ash's absence and cold demeanor. She finds that she actually has some feelings for Puck as well, but not as intense as the love she had for Ash. On the contrary, Puck is the one who pours out all his love and attention on his Princess, always there to support Meghan whenever she needs him, ever so protective of her. "You're kind of blind, you know?" Puck whispered, smiling to soften his words. "I wouldn't defy Oberon for just anyone. But, for you..." He leaned forward, touching his forehead to mine. "I'd come back from the dead for you." --- Puck, pg 123 The story is divided into 3 parts. The one who stole the scepter was revealed in the end of Part 2, but there is no further information about the new (and fake) Iron King. How will the love triangle between Puck, Meghan and Ash ends? When the time comes, who will Meghan choose? Is it the mischievous, caring and reliable Puck, or the cold, quiet and passionate Ash? In the nutshell, The Iron Daughter is awesome! I can proudly announce that I'm now a great fan of Julie Kagawa. You should never miss The Iron Fey Series! I really can't wait to read the third book! *Beams with delight!*
eBookitude More than 1 year ago
When the specter of the Seasons is stolen in the heart of the Winter court it's left up to Meghan and Ash to get it back. Mab, Queen of Winter Court is hell bent on blaming Meghan and the Summer Court for the theft and death of one dear to her cold heart. As war between the courts begins time is quickly running out for Meg and Ash. On their journey they reunite with old friends like Puck and Grimalkin, run into exiles, thieves and find an unlikely alliance with Iron Horse. As they battle the Iron Fey in search of the specter boundaries are pushed, and love and friendship are tested. After reading The Iron King, book one in what promises to be a wonderful series, I hoped the second installment would be as good as or dare I hope? Better. Julie Kagawa did not disappoint. The Iron Daughter was a bright fantasy world full or villains and heroes. It will leave you wanting more and dieing to know what becomes of Megan in the uncertain future she has chosen. With out a dought The Iron Queen will be on my 2011 reading list. February can't come soon enough.
nflbabygirl More than 1 year ago
The Iron Daughter, the second book in The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa is a fast-paced, action-filled story full of romance, betrayal, friendship, and heartbreaking sacrifice. The story picks up where The Iron King leaves us, with Meghan accompanying Ash to the Winter Queen's realm. Readers will be unpleasantly suprised to see the change that has come over the Winter Prince. The good news: It doesn't take long to see the motives behind the change and readers will once again find themselves swooning over the dark and brooding prince. An infiltration, murder, and theft by the Iron Fey forces Meghan and Ash to flee from the Winter Court and they subsequently go on an amazing adventure to stop the Faery war that is brewing between the Summer and Winter Courts. They are joined on this adventure by friendly familiar faces and we meet some new and interesting characters along the way. The action will keep you flipping the pages in a frenzy, dying to know what happens next. This is one of those books you will NOT want to put down. An unlikely alliance tests our beliefs about the Iron Fey as we see the good they are capable of inside. And heartbreaking sacrifice will have you crying over the pages. The ending is bittersweet as we watch Meghan and Ash make a truly heartwrenching decision... will they choose Faery and the Courts they love, or will they choose to throw all of that away for the love they feel for each other? This book is truly amazing and if you loved The Iron King, this installment will not disappoint. The writing is stellar, the story is moving and intriguing, and the characters are loveable and real. When this book releases in August, you will definitely want to get your hands on a copy. And then make sure you have a chunk of time to read because once you start, you won't want to put it down. Happy Reading!
Trebble More than 1 year ago
This is the sequel to The Iron King which I reviewed recently. In this book Meghan finds herself at the winter court, not too long after the first book. She finds herself very alone and not knowing who to trust. A new threat looms and it is up to her to figure out what is really going on at court and within the faerie realm. In this book, we see more of what court is like for Ash and how he survives. We also get to see Meghan grow up a bit more and mature. And those that love Puck, need not worry. He is there in all his mischief glory. And I was happy when Grimalkin shows up. You know I just love that cat. We also find new enemies and old as well as a few new friends all told from Meghan's point of view. The adventure they embark on is exciting and had me glued to the book until the end. This is also a very emotional book, so those wishing to stay stoic when reading a good book, be warned. I'd have to say that I actually enjoyed this book more than I did the first one. I give it 4 1/2 stars and highly recommend this book! The publication date is Aug 1, 2010. If you can't wait that long, remember that Winter's Passage is due out shortly. So, maybe it will tide some over for a while. I can't wait for the Iron Queen. Julie Kagawa has a fan in me for this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The order of this series is (1) Iron King (2) Iron Daughter (3) Iron Queen. I know some of you have ben asking for it so here it is! Really enjoyed this series! Definitely recommend :]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved It!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG this book was awesome God Ash is hot,well techinlly speaking he is cold but u get the point. The end was soooo sweet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The headline basically sumsit all up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Am I the only one who LOVED when Ash turned all bad ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this bookband the series.But i still think Megan should be with Puck instead of Ash
pagese More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure were this story was going to lead after the first book. I was hoping the story would continue to be original since the first half of The Iron King I thought was was to familiar but redeemed itself in the second half. I love the idea of the winter court. I think it shows how different the courts are. Everything is covered in ice and snow. Plus, everyone's attitude seems to match their environment. Or maybe it's just their attitude towards Meghan because she's part of the summer court and she's part human. I actually would have like more insight into it all. I was prepared for some distance from Ash, but I really wasn't expecting him to be that cold. But, as events unfolded, I learned that in all reality he was still protecting Meghan. Speaking of Ash, can I say how much I love him. He like the perpetual bad guy, the one all the good girls want and can't have. But, he's so much more than that. Their chemistry is awesome! I just don't feel it as much with Puck. He's a great guy, a good friend, and I love the sarcasm. But, it's just not as believable of a romance to me. The story line takes some interesting twists. Meghan isn't always looking for her prince to save her and Ash isn't constantly acting like she's a damsel in distress. They both have backbone and do their fair share of saving each other. Because in the end all they have is each other. I can't wait for The Iron Queen. This one has some questions that I really want answered. They are so buried in the storyline that you almost miss them. Plus, I just want more of Ash!
kittydanza More than 1 year ago
THE IRON DAUGHTER, by Julie Kagawa, was an intoxicating adrenaline-rush that will keep your heart pounding until the very last word. I loved The Iron King, and the sequel was no different. We left off where Meghan has to fulfill her contract to Ash and return to the Winter Queen, Mab. The book started off right into the action and I easily fell back into it. I was unpleasantly surprised concerning the relationship between Meghan and Ash at the beginning of the story, but I put my prejudices aside to see where the story would take me. Just when I thought I knew these characters, Kagawa surprised me again! Meghan became a strong and independent faerie when she started to develop her instinctual powers. She always stayed true to herself and questioned everything when others would have kept their mouths shut. Ash did a complete one-eighty when he returned to Winter and I think he surprised me the most. What we thought was a budding romance, actually turned out to be something different, or did it? It was anyone's guess as to what happened at any point in this story, and that's what made me love it. And the love triangle... the crazy, tie-my-heart-in-knots love triangle. The uncertainty and passion that raged in these three characters was intense. Kagawa lured me back and forth between Puck and Ash repeatedly, I was completely torn. Normally I would just comment on the main characters, but in this book the minor characters played such a huge part. They were well-developed and created a new dynamic to the battle against the Iron Fey. Like all wars, everyone takes a side and loyalties can be forgotten in the midst of wanting to survive. Once again I enjoyed the aspect of the Iron Fey. They developed as fast as technology does, which makes them an incredible threat to Faery. In 'The Iron King' they were always in the background, but this book really brought them out and showed how ruthless and cunning these hard, metal creatures can be. All in all, this was an amazing, edge-of-your-seat romantic adventure that will take you through many twists and turns. Meghan develops a deep understanding of love, loyalty, and friendship along the way that leads to her making a choice on where she really belongs. Does she follow her mind or her heart? I have no idea where 'The Iron Queen' will take me, after the massive cliffhanger in this book, but with Kagawa's amazing writing skills, I have no doubt it will be extraordinary.
LarissaBookGirl on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Meghan may have destroyed Machina but that hasn't stopped the Iron fey. With a new Iron King the Iron fey will stop at nothing to destroy the Winter and Summer fey courts and are causing chaos in the most devastating way possible. Unfortunately the Winter and Summer fey still doubt the Iron fey's existence as only Meghan, Ash and Puck seem to be the only ones to have encountered them first-hand and are therefore the only ones who can stop the ruthless Iron fey.However Meghan is trapped in a world of inescapable cold with no one to trust surrounded by curious and malicious fey of every sort imaginable. Ash is growing ever distant from Meghan becoming hard and cold with her, leaving Meghan to slowly doubt his love for her. And Puck is still unconscious within a tree somewhere leaving little chance of anyone knowing the truth of what has happened and returning what was stolen, preventing a war that everyone seems to want and stopping the unstoppable force that is the Iron fey from destroying the Nevernever.The Iron Daughter is a story of love turned cold, of trust turning to betrayal and of the whole world coming down around you. But it is also a story of old friends returning and old enemies uniting in a quest to save all. This is where unexpected feelings, past secrets and old friends only complicate an already impossible situation. That of Meghan caught between two worlds and two boys, where she must make a choice knowing that someone is going to walk away with a broken heart; if she's not lucky it will be her own.
lyricaltwin on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Julie Kagawa's Iron Daughter is a book you won't want to put down. Filled with action, romance, suspense, and of course, faeries, this book is a must read for anybody who loves well-written faerie books or books with adventure.
MarieSilver on LibraryThing 8 months ago
i enjoyed this book very much.. romance and action is a good mix.
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Quick & Dirty: A beautifully written and captivating world with clever plot twists that will have readers riveted from the start.Opening Sentence: The Iron King stood before me, magnificent in his beauty, silver hair whipping about like an unruly waterfall.The Review:When we last saw Meghan, she was saying goodbye to her family, and on her way to enemy territory. Meghan had no choice but to fulfill her contract with Prince Ash. She returns to the Winter Court to become Queen Mab¿s prisoner. Meghan is devastated, alone and scared because Ash has forsaken her. Meghan tries to plead her case to Queen Mab, telling her about the vicious Iron Fey, but to no avail. When The Scepter of the Seasons is stolen, Queen Mab becomes enraged. A deadly war erupts between the Winter and Summer Courts, and Meghan knows that this is just the beginning. The Iron Faeries are hell bent on a path of destruction. Meghan embarks on another journey with the help of her fabulous friends to retrieve The Scepter of the Seasons, return it to Queen Mab, stop the raging war between Winter and Summer, and battle her heart as she falls deeper in love with¿now that would be telling too much.I was completely captivated by Meghan¿s journey in The Iron King. I¿m pleased to say that The Iron Daughter is every bit as engrossing and stunning as the previous book. Julie Kagawa¿s writing is intense and passionate. The world-building continues to be impressive, and the characterization is top-notch. Ms. Kagawa recreates the lush and dangerous world of Nevernever, pulling the reader deeper into the story. Readers will be mesmerized by the lives of these fascinating characters. The characters are incredible and the plot is fantastic, offering intriguing twists. Ms. Kagawa has crafted such charming and captivating characters, and readers will not soon forget them or their struggles.I love the break-neck pacing of this book. I was in Nevernever, exposed to the danger. I was right there with Meghan, in the journey, fearful and fighting for my life as events unfolded. It was really hard to put this book down. Faerie politics is lethal and I¿m glad that Ms. Kagawa gives the reader more insight into this deadly game. The Iron Daughter is an emotional story as well. Meghan makes some new discoveries that are both good and bad.I was also pleased with Meghan¿s personal growth. She¿s both powerful and vulnerable, and truly compelling. Meghan struggles with all of the challenges thrown at her. At times she¿s weak, defeated, and even disheartened. She even makes mistakes, but in the end she rises to the occasion. I love that she¿s strong, smart, and willing to sacrifice herself for the people that she loves. Meghan is truly fierce.The romance in this novel is heartbreaking. As much as I love Puck, I¿m in the Team Ash camp. Puck has so many great qualities. He¿s funny, sexy, witty, passionate, and he has amazing powers. When things heated up between him and Meghan, I was a bit worried. They have a great connection and his affection for Meghan is apparent. I should have known better. Never count the dark prince out. Prince Ash gives into his feelings for Meghan and their connection is explosive. It¿s hard to say if things will end up well for Meghan in the romance department, but I¿m rooting for her and Ash.I don¿t want to give too much away, but really Ms. Kagawa, you¿re killing me. IRONHORSE! If I can¿t have that loveable, furry, fuzz ball, Grimalkin, then at least throw me some iron. I offered to take Grimalkin to one of those fancy NYC pet spas, and let¿s just say it didn¿t go over too well. He swatted me with his paw and sauntered off. Now I want IRONHORSE! I could really use him to get quickly around NYC.Overall, The Iron Fey series continues to be such an imaginative and compelling series. It¿s one of my all time favorite series. The Iron Daughter is simply a MUST READ. This captivating and sometimes scary story comes to a stunning, and very satisfying conclusion. With lots o
tracythelibrarian on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Book #2 in the Iron Fey series puts half-human, half-faery Meghan Chase back in danger as she once again fights the Iron Fey. Her motley crew of companions help her in her quest to get the Scepter of the Seasons from the hands of a rogue group of Iron Fey and back to the rightful hands of the Winter Court. Interspersed with the exciting battle scenes, we see Meghan's heart torn between the Nevernever and the real world and also torn between two competing loves. While at times I couldn't help but think "Meghan, you're such an idiot that you don't know what's going on!" Or "Seriously Ash, you went into that situation solo even though you know that you're susceptible to iron?" I still couldn't help but swoon when Meghan's heart swooned and rush on to find out what happens next. The ending was quite the twist and I'm wondering where Kagawa takes the story from there. I have a few ideas based on a few clues in The Iron Daughter - we'll see if I'm correct in my guesses!
RamonaWray on LibraryThing 8 months ago
For some reason, I liked The Iron King better. Ash was still a great character in this one, but aside from him it just seemed to me like the writing was rushed somehow. I did enjoy the book (=Ash). Reading the third one already.
Jibar on LibraryThing 8 months ago
It took me some time, but after I got into this series, I'm really enjoying it. I admit it, Meghan is annoying at times, naive at her best and simply stupid at her worst. And while a heroine can make or break a novel, in this case my dislike for the main character is not to bad.Why? Because it has ice prince Ash to make up for that! I truly adore him! Since he's so old, such a ravid love seems much more plausible, I think. And oh, what he did for him and Meghan at the end of this book, a little corny, maybe. But still, so romantic!What I had hoped would happen didn't happen, but that is okay because there is still hope that it will come to that in The Iron Queen, so I don't mind too much.I found the plot very cohesive, although at times it was a bit slow and there were a couple of chapters where I mostly read the dialogue and skipped the rest.Still, I could hardly put it down even in the heat that I'm currently forced to live in. I can't say that I loved every single page, but I did like the book as a whole, explaining the rating.
MelHay on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Meghan has been in the Winter fey court for some time now waiting all the while for Queen Mab to call her for an audience. And Ash has been no where around. Meghan questions whether her feeling for Ash were true or a glamour, and Ash's feeling for her. Could there be a way to live with hiding their feelings from others? The time of the Exchange of the scepter between courts and changing of seasons comes and King Orebon himself makes the trip, letting everyone know he will get his daughter back. Then suddenly the Iron Knights appear, with only Meghan and one other seeing them and no one believing her, under instruction of their new King to steal the scepter from Winter Court drawing the Winter and Summer courts into war. Meghan gets her chance to go home to her family, outside of the fey realm. But will she choose to go home and try to forget or help the fey she is coming to love?Now this is what I like to see. I liked the first book, but it was more setup of the fey realm and the characters for me. This one was all story. There are so many different angles to go here. There is the scepter, Ash, Puck, the between world and what is held there, Meghan's family outside of fey, and family in fey. So many different degrees blended easily together here.I loved what I got to learn of the Unseelie court and creatures. To me I think this part of the fey world is more intriguing and interesting. But then maybe I'm just drawn to the bad and evil side of things. Even if they are on the notty side in their behaviors and habits. Even down right cruel. But it makes the dynamics of the different fey and mortal world more distinct. The characters... we meet new characters that are fun and even strange Severla of these I hope to see again in the future. Then we have our main characters as expected. And they all make their appearances here. Meghan has grown for me in this book. She still has her moments of innocence but she thinks more on the bigger picture here. She is learning and growing. And we have our boys back as well. But we have a new ally in this book which brings questions in the end of Meghan and what might be in store for her.Do you need to read the novella Winter's Passage? No you don't. Actually much of it is repeated in the beginning of this book. But it is a nice addition and verifies a few pieces left out in the beginning, but you definitely don't need it to go on with this book. Although it is a nice little addition to enjoy.The series is definitely getting better with this book. I really enjoyed it and will be picking up Iron Queen soon.
nlsobon on LibraryThing 8 months ago
¿The Iron Daughter¿ is one rollercoaster ride of a book, and I mean that in a good way. The story picks up where ¿Winter¿s Passage¿ (the novella bridging the story between ¿The Iron King¿ and ¿The Iron Daughter¿) ends ¿ with Meghan living up to her end of the contract with the Winter Prince. Ash has brought her to Mab, and he¿s forced to act as though he despises her in order to protect them both. Meghan struggles to accept his new behavior while in the winter court, as she feels as though Ash just used her instead. I¿ll admit, there were moments in which I wanted to hit her, but when emotions get the best of you, sometimes you forget about your actions. When coming to deliver the sector to Mab, Oberon ¿ Meghan¿s father ¿ hopes to take back his daughter as he isn¿t aware of the contract she¿s made with Ash. When Mab explains that Meghan is there on her own free will out of a contract, he states that one way or another he will have his daughter back.Later that night, when the sector goes missing and Prince Sage is killed, Mab finds Meghan sitting beside her son¿s body and proclaims war on Summer Court, as she feels they are responsible for this attack. When Meghan tries to explain that it was the Iron Fey, Mab freezes her and goes to announce war. When Ash breaks the ice encasing her body, his brother Rowan threatens to tell Mab the truth, which begins a battle between the brothers. When Rowan is left injured, Ash and Meghan must escape before Mab finds them.From this point, things begin to get interesting. Meghan killed the Iron King in the first book, but she soon finds out there is a new King in charge and they seek to destroy the Winter and Summer courts. She has the choice to return to her normal, human life, or fight to save the Nevernever from the Iron Fey ¿ she decides to stay and help fight.I¿ll try to avoid spoilers from here on out as there are a bunch of twists and turns in ¿The Iron Daughter¿. I will say that there is a bit of a love triangle, which is to be expected, but Meghan¿s heart truly only belongs to one. I honestly loved ¿The Iron Daughter¿ even more than ¿The Iron King¿. Kagawa is a fantastic writer; she creates a world in which you can perfectly envision as you read along. I can¿t wait to dig into ¿The Iron Queen¿ and ¿The Iron Knight¿.
bookcrookliza on LibraryThing 8 months ago
In the end of The Iron King, Meghan, keeping her promise, followed Ash back to the Winter Court. Ash is acting like a total jerk and ignoring her, which leads Meghan into the depths of despair. It got a little bit too pitiful for me in this section of the book. But it did come out for the better and I definitely was feeling the Meghan and Ash relationship by the end of the book. There was a love triangle in this book that I was a little disappointed about. I knew from the get go that it was set up for this, but it still made me feel bad for Puck. Especially because Meghan led him too much. But there is a lot more Puck in this book and more dimension to his character.I loved learning more about the Winter Court in this book and meeting the new characters. The secondary characters really, really, really make this series pop. I just love Grimalkin! And Ironhorse was a surprising loyal addition who I grew attached to throughout the book. I loved the CAPS! Hah!Overall it was a very good book. Kagawa really upped herself from the The Iron King.
alaiel.kreuz on LibraryThing 8 months ago
After a whole night reading the book (with my fiancé sleeping in our bed and my doggy and I in the couch) all I can say is: AWESOME! Seriously, I wish I could create a new world for this book like Barney in HIMYM created "possimpible", hahahaha. Don't pay me to much attention, I'm sleepy. But yeah, I'm sure you want me talk about the book so here we go:At the end of the first book we saw Meghan saying good-bye to her family to go fulfill her promise to Ash: she is now in Winter Court and is Queen Mab's prisoner...Somehow she expected that by doing this she was going to see Ash more but turns out that they see each other only a few times and Ash is always cold and distant.Trying to forget Ash' behaviour she speaks with Queen Mab about the Iron Fey but it doesn't work, the Queen does not believe a word she says and when the Scepter of the Seasons is stolen the Queen vibrates with anger.And so the war between Summer and Winter Courts begin. Now is up to Meghan and her friends to recover the Scepter of the Seasons, if not the war with not only affect their world but the human world as well...The writing, once again, is wonderful. Julie, I believe, is a master creating and showing us the world she created. The way I could feel Meghan's difficult times trying to understand her feelings for Ash were touching and the way I laughed with Puck and Grimalkin have not price.Nothing more to say, I'm going to read "The Iron Queen" today. If by any chance you don't have the books yet please, I'm begging you here, buy them now!