The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa; Review

by Madeleine Rex

Title: The Iron Daughter

Author: Julie Kagawa

Published: August 01, 2010

Number of Pages: 304

Rating: 4/5


“He sighed, and his eyes closed. “You were right,” he murmured, his voice nearly lost in the darkness. “I couldn’t do it alone. I should have listened to you back in Tir Na Nog.”
“Yes, you should have,” I whispered. “Remember that, so that next time you can just agree with whatever I say and we’ll be fine.”


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. [From Goodreads]


First of all, let me apologize for the belated review. It’s time for my wonderful memory (which I am massively grateful for) to step up to the plate.

It’s clear that I’m a huge fan of the Iron Fey series. The Iron King blew me away, with Kagawa’s masterfully written descriptions and fantastic world-building, and while The Iron Daughter didn’t astound me at the same level, I can’t honestly say that I didn’t love it.

Meghan Chase returns for another adventure in the Nevernever, trailing after the Winter Prince she thought loved her. “Thought” being the key word. On this trip to faeryland, we don’t begin in a summery meadow, but Tir Na Nog, under the Winter Queen’s reign.

What another extraordinary universe! The atmosphere is exquisite… and horrific. The icy tension between characters and the frozen state of their feelings [pun(s) intended] help paint the world in which dear Prince Ash blossomed. It’s immediately evident why he is the way he is… cold. On the surface, at least.

Though Meghan’s stuck in this Winter-Not-So-Wonderland for the first chapters of the book, there’s no way Kagawa could keep Meghan – or the reader – holed up for long. There’s far too much to see in the Nevernever. And way too much for our hero and heroine to do. Or heros because there’s no way in Tir Na Nog that I would leave out Puck.

He’s just as fantastic as ever! There are moments in this book that my heart ached for him – the sort of moment in which all you want to do is make him cookies and give him a pat on the back, but, as with every good character, there were moments in which I wanted to slap him, laugh at him, give him a hug… He’s an incredibly three dimensional character.

However, the character who really stood out in this book is Ash. I’ve nearly been converted to his team. Honestly, he’s so fascinating and torn. His very aura is complicated (speaking of which, you should read my post on complicated characters here). The growth – even the bits of him that change that aren’t visible but are undoubtedly there – of his character, personality, and opinions is just what the book needed to give it a stable character arc that could keep readers interested all on its own.

I didn’t enjoy Meghan quite as much as I did when I read the first book, but that isn’t to say that she’s drastically changed for the worse – or that she’s bad at all. Just as in real life, there are certain characteristics or ways of speaking or… anything really… that get on your nerves, no matter how much you like the person in general. There’s something akin to this in my feelings for Meghan, but she’s still a great heroine. You want her to come out victorious.

There are other characters, both old and new, that blew me away. Various villains and allies – all major contributors to my love for the story. Every character has a different way of breathing, walking, talking, etc. that makes them strong, individual people.

The intricacies of the actual plot, the adventure, additional world-building, and the like were just as great as ever. There’s a stint in a place called the Between (one that involves another new character I absolutely adore by the name of Leanansidhe) that was amazing! Fun, exciting, and unusual in all the right ways. The new information concerning the Iron Fey and the state of the Iron Kingdom make it clear that the next book (or books) in the series are bound to hold many more adventures… because the iron faeries are not backing down. They crumble, but manage to piece themselves back together. Consequently, any battle the oldbloods (meaning, really, Meghan and her posse) win or lose doesn’t determine the result of the war. Which is perfect, because there’s no way I want this series to end.

The end of the book is heart-wrenching, thrilling, and induces thoughts such as: “Holy cow, I need the next one!” Not to mention the fact that it’ll shatter your heart into millions of tiny pieces. The Iron Daughter ends in a bang, a loud, eardrum-shattering racket that rings in your ears for hours afterward.

6 Commentsto “The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa; Review”

  1. Gah — I can't read this! LALALALALALA. I just started IRON KING and am loving it… Must wait to read your review until after I've finished THE IRON DAUGHTER. I don't want to know any possible spoiling!!!

  2. I loved all the books, but my favorite was Summer's Crossing, the mini-book released for the e-books.

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