The imagination, creativity, and vivid description earns this book the highest marks and should be labeled as a must read. The title and cover should capture any fantasy lover's attention. That something spectacular deep within the pages and found within the lines is what will keep the reader heart bound to the book and to the series.
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 is resigned to the fact that her Winter Prince has allowed his cold heart to forget. In the first of the series Meghan Chase is getting adjusted to the fact that she is indeed half fae. The Iron King (book one of the series) is told in Faery and with Meghan and her Father the Earlking in the Summer Court. Ethan was missing and Puck, Meghan's best friend, gave way to his secrets to help Meghan find her brother Ethan. That is when Meghan met Ash, the Winter Prince and a bargain was struck. Ethan was found and taken back to the real world.
In The Iron Daughter (book two of the series) the story is told with Meghan in Winter court and for the most part without the Winter Prince Ash or her best friend Puck. It is time for her to live up the bargain that was made with Ash. Everything feels lost to her but the story continues with the same enthusiasm and gusto as the first.
Meghan Chase receives tribulations and responds to her circumstances probably as any normal human. The character is 16 years old. It is a prime time with all the high school happenings, excitement, expectations, crushes, the good, and the bad. Sometimes down right humiliating and awful. This young character, lives on a pig farm with her Mother, Step Father, and her little brother Ethan. Her life is anything but charmed and being swept away to fairyland with a Prince on one side and a magical best friend on the other swooning, is simply a dream to be had. It would be mine anyway. Falling in love at 16, having your heart crushed, being torn between two loves, missing your Mother and family. All of these things are normal and what any human would go through...except Meghan is not a normal human, she is also half fae.
While learning life lessons that we all receive at a tender age, Meghan is also learning how to love and appreciate another part of living and dreaming. A land that is already lost to most will depend on her to keep the magic, and as the story transcends, it will be undetermined if Faery will even be.
Even in Fairyland, it is not all peaches and cream. There is a lot happening that takes the reader away on an exciting, and vivid trip through a make believe land that for most simply does not exist, and will only exist in a book such as a series The Iron Fey.
Julie Kagawa is a brilliant writer. When I look for a book, I am wanting that read to sweep me off my feet, and carry me to a place that is dreamed. It is a big expectation of any book. This one did that for me and exceptionally well.
The story continues with
The Iron Queen
This is a paperback borrowed from the library and will count toward a few of my reading challenges including Support Your Library, Outdo Yourself and 100 Books In A Year.