Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Iron Daughter - Julie Kagawa (Iron Fey Series Book 2)

(Buy it here)
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.

Again I finished this book in about 2 days, sleep deprived. This time Meghan has to fulfill the promise/contract she made with her love Ash. She returns with him to the Tri na nog or the Winter Kingdom, which he is the prince of. She hadn't realized that even with the warnings he gave her, she would still be unprepared for the politics of court, as well as the mask that her prince is forced to hide behind. With both the Summer and Winter courts in denial about the reality of the Iron Fey, in comes another plot against them. This time the Meghan has choices to make, realizations of things around her, and must pick up arms for the ones that seem to care less about her. All the while she tries to distance herself from a certain prince, comes to a realizations about a certain best friend, has someone unwanted entering her dreams and finds out more about her long, lost father, the series just gets better.

*Personal Note: Ok so I have been thinking about why I like this series so much. It breaks a ton of rules I have about reading books. 1) it's about Fairies and 2) it's in FIRST person. The reason I came to after reading chapter 13 in the Iron Queen is that it touches the dreamer in me. There is a love story there that is so strong, along with adventure, I found myself rooting for them out loud more than once. The group grows in maturity but the love story at the heart of it is always present and touches the dreamer in me. I love it.

In the book Oberon (King of the Summer Fey) may seem both cold and distant to his daughter, but I really think it's a power play. There are several times in the book that he tries to "save" his daughter but is thwarted by the very contract she made. He does love her but to show it is a weakness. Make sure to keep that in mind when reading about him.


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