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.
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T. R. Graves, Author
My love for this series was sealed with this book. I adored everything about it. The love triangle is so complicated that I can't blame Meghan for falling for two wonderful people. Both guys are completely unique and endearing. Prince Ash is...well, Prince Ash, a committed and passionate man with an undeniable greatness. Puck would instantaneously give his life for her and knows her better than she knows herself.
Making this my favorite book of the series (so far), Julie Kagawa brought in new characters, and I love every one of them. She even took time to change our minds totally about a few who returned from The Iron King. I'm a fan of this technique because I'm a firm believer everyone has the power to change who they are and what they do. When an author is successful in her efforts, and I end up loving a character I hated before, I'm always impressed. Only a gifted storyteller can do that, and Julie Kagawa is just that.
When I reviewed The Iron King, I said I immediately downloaded the rest of the series. I'm glad I did. As soon as I finished The Iron Daughter, I began The Iron Queen, so far, I've not been disappointed.
T. R. Graves, author
If you are into mythical adventures this is a great series to read. It also has a wonderful love story.
Looking forward to Book 3 & 4 of the series. Great characters, lots of action, adventure & a little bit of romance too. Can't wait to find out what happens next!
The second book in the Iron Fey Series takes up shortly after the first one leaves off. Just like the Iron King, the Iron Daughter is non-stop action and impossible to put down (turn off). I liked the first book in the series a lot, but I loved the Iron Daughter. Can't wait to start the next!
Yes. I believe the audio experience gives you more of a connection with each character.
The ending was quite a shocker. I was left on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next.
All the character performances of Khristine Hvan are stellar. But my favorite is Grimalkin, the way she portrayed his indifference towards every situation was quite hilarious and I felt it captured exactly the essence of what Grimalkin is (very much a feline). lol
I laughed quite a bit and I did tear up in a few areas, and of course lots of swooning when it came to Ash... oh and surprisingly, Puck too.
Loved this audiobook and I am a huge fan of Khristine Hvan. I plan to purchase more audiobooks with her as the narrator. :) You will not be disappointed in this follow-up!!
One of the best audiobooks I've listened to.
Puck and Grim are my favorite characters. They were portrayed beautifully! They came alive!
Khristine Hvam must have multiple personalities. She made every single character uniquely personable. There was no question in my mind who was speaking when. She is excellent!
The Dragon Mother
We listened to this as an audiobook, narrated by Khristine Hvam, so our review is based on that version.
Meghan is soooo whiney!!! OMG. I was kind of hoping that trapping Puck in a tree to heal (for however long that would take) would take him out of the picture and move on the obvious romance between Ash and Meghan, but nooooooo….
The author did stick Iron Horse in there to throw a possibly fourth in the love triangle, but the square love was not to be. This was so Twilighty. I want Ash (Edward) but he doesn’t want me. Puck (Jacob) wants me, but I only like him when Ash isn’t here. AND just like Twilight, doesn’t anyone see a problem with a guy who is hundreds of years old getting involved with a teenager???
There were some saving graces in this book. First, Tiaothin the Phouka was a great mischievous and fun little character. She was surely added to the beginning of the book to add in some light-hearted fun so the first part wouldn’t be so depressing. Leanansidhe, kind of the queen of in-between, was also interesting. I wasn’t sure whose side she was going to end up on, but she has her own side, so that was good. Grimalkin, while not quite as funny as the first book, still added much needed levity to the book.
Overall, I found the book okay. Good for Teen or Young Adult readers, but I really think I need to move on to something with a bit less whining and a bit more emotional maturity. Rating: 3 Stars
The Iron Daughter basically started off where the Iron King ended. Meghan with Ash, going to the Winter Court, but things took a dramatic turn for angsty when Ash betrays her.
Let me just stop there.
Obviously he has been saying he was going to turn her into his queen since the VERY beginning of their relationship, which was the entire point of his even being with her. She just chooses to have a dramatic overreaction. After about two hours into the book it got exciting again, with Leanansidhe and the half-breeds and the return of Ironhorse and Grim. I actually enjoyed this book much more than my sister did, probably because I’m more angsty, but that’s just an opinion.
I’d rate this book 3.5 out of 5, because it just had a bit too much drama, and a lot less action than the original book. Still, I want to read the next one, just to see what will happen to the young heroine next.
I have one word to sum up this whole book:
Princess in love with the man she can’t be with.
Reminds me of the love triangle from the Twilight series.
Enemies became allies.
Dance, really, when everyone is hurt? Just the thing they need, literally!
Iron-horse = :-(
Can you say Twilight?
Ash I love you now I must cry!!!
Boogey, hiding under children’s bed and closets, what’s wrong with this picture?!?!
Leanansidhe, best character in the world, the only part of the book I actually liked.
Even Puck needs someone to love = :-(
I would give this a 2 out of 5 stars.
The Narration Review
This book was narrated by Khristine Hvam and once again she did a great job narrating. Her voice is perfect for this age group of characters. She has a nice even cadence and does not rush through the story.
I need more ears!
I am someone who finishes what they start, and I rarely review a book I haven't completed -- mainly in fairness to the author -- because I know that a book is a journey and things can improve in time. Unfortunately, I just wasn't able to get through this one. I guess I fell for the reviews without considering that this might be a YA only offering, though why they would like it beyond me. The fairytale atmosphere so import to this kind of story, felt flat and lacked fantasy or magic or something very basic and necessary. The reader had very little in the way of substance to work with, but she did her best. Maybe I'll save it for my niece when she gets older -- like 10 or 12. She may like it.
For a better story of this type, try Patricia McKillips "Od Magic," or Kristine Kathryn Rauch's "The Fey" series, or Juliet Marillier's "Wildwood Dancing." All are far better books.
In this second of a trilogy, Megan Chase re-enters the faerie kingdom to honor a bargain she made in The Iron King (book one), with Winter Prince Ash. In that bargain she agrees to be detained at the Winter Court under the questionable eye of Queen Mab. Prince Ash makes it abundantly clear that he will always serve his queen and that in truth he will kill her if he is ordered to do so in spite of his personal feelings for her. He makes this clear in several different ways, but Megan immediately sees his follow through as some betrayal that is surprising to her. This causes her to be whiney, which is really out of character with her age, which is now close to 17. You find yourself wanting to shake her. Nevertheless, the other characters such as the Iron Horse break this up sufficiently to keep you reading since the plot is pretty good. Through an act of betrayal, Megan, Puck, Prince Ash and the Iron Horse all team up to save the Scepter of the Seasons which is stolen by the Iron Court. They spend time in the Land Between, meet evil iron faerie Virus and have a battle or two or three. Megan develops further powers, but as in the first book, she doesn't seem to "get it" in order to use them consistently, which makes her half heroine and half damsel in distress. That becomes annoying, but again, not enough to cause you to stop reading. Although Kagawa does a good job of writing the middle book, which serves as the bridge between books one and three, she never makes it clear why she calls the book The Iron Daughter. We have to assume this refers to Megan, but why? Because she has some iron powers along with faerie powers? "Iron Daughter" refers to some family relationship which simply doesn't exist either in this book or the last one. The Iron Horse says one line in the book which really refers to book three, but that's it. Nevertheless, it's still a great read and one that I recommend. The narrator, Khristine Hyam does a fabulous job.
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