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Book Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Phew! I cannot explain how happy I am that it’s the weekend. There’s been a lot of change going on this past week, and I really need this weekend to recharge. Luckily, reading is just what the doctor ordered! Dr. Amazon, that is. 🙂

If you missed my review of the first Meghan Chase book, The Iron King, you can read it here. PLUS- When I reach 100 followers, I’m going to giveaway Divergent by Veronica Roth!!! This book is too amazing not to share!

On to the review…

Title & Author: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Genre: YA/Fantasy-Fairies

Release Date: August 1, 2010

Series: Book 2 in a series (next book: The Iron Queen)

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

How I Got the Book: Bought (Part of my Vacation Reads)

Description: “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.”


Meghan Chase is starting to doubt that she’ll ever have a normal life. She’s part of a precarious tug-of-war between the Winter and Summer fey and is struggling with her feelings for Ash, who’s suddenly become as cold as his Ice Prince title. Meghan must also face the Iron Fey again- they have a new king, and their presence in Nevernever is killing the dark, beautiful land of the fey.

Gradual Build Up & Relationship Drama

Sequels are a tricky thing to write- especially the second book in a series. In my reading experience, I’ve seen authors fall into a slump after the initial momentum of the first book slows down. Despite a few sluggish moments, Kagawa does a great job of keeping up the excitement and mystery in The Iron Daughter.

Meghan is a pawn between the two fey factions and ends up as a prisoner of the Winter Queen, Mab (who happens to be Ash’s mother and queen). This is where I felt there was a little bit of a slow down in the pace of the novel. There’s a lot of waiting and watching going on, and the action is at a minimum. Although- when the action does kick in again, it really packs a punch. We’re talking full-out fey warfare where the only rule is, there are no rules. Those scenes add some oomph to the gradual tension that builds throughout the book.

Probably the most frustrating part of the novel was watching the interaction between Ash and Meghan. I definitely understand why their relationship comes to a stop. They’re struggling with problems like fey-loyalty issues and confusing feelings for other people (on both sides) that sort of get in the way. Even though I totally understand all of that- it’s so painful to see two characters go back and forth between having an amazing connection to a lackluster romance from afar.

As far as secondary characters go, I have to give a special Endearing Character Award to Ironhorse. He’s a lovable iron fey who can’t control the volume of his voice and who pledges loyalty to Meghan after he sees the error of his Iron King-loving ways. He also doubles as a dreadlock-wearing human when he’s out of Nevernever. Big props to Ironhorse for standing up for what’s right and using all-caps without being annoying. 😀

Suspense & Cliffhangers

Some cliffhangers are worse than others. This one is absolutely KILLER but in the best way possible!!! OMG, WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN?? That’s all I can say on that front…

There were other fantastic twists in the book that caught me off-guard and helped the pages keep on turning. I can’t wait to find out what happens with Meghan, Puck and Ash, the Iron fey and the epic battle between worlds that’s a-brewing.


The Iron Daughter is a heart-wrenching sequel that left me burning with unanswered questions. Although this book lost a little of the first novel’s steam, its lovable characters, exciting romance and heart-pumping fey battles helped keep me engaged and interested in the story. I’m anxious to read the newly-published Iron Queen and see where Kagawa takes this series next!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Excellent review, Lisa. Thank you.

  • Aaa, I’m reading this one now. I just finished the second part. And maybe will finish over the weekend coming. But to hear about a cliffhanger! Aaggg, I’m going to have to buy the next book asap and talk the other ladies into reading it asap. lol. I have to say Iron horse has started to the heart here in this book. 🙂 Thanks for the review and so glad you enjoyed it.

  • Really good review;) I still have to write mine, but I just have to give The Iron Daughter 5 stars. In my opinion it’s the best second book in a series so far.