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Monday, September 6, 2010

Iron Daughter Review

Hey Blogger Buds,
Today I've got my review for the Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa, the sequel to the Iron King. The final book in the trilogy, titled the Iron Queen (surprise!) comes out in February. I bought the book in Borders while I was away, and it drew me in whenever I had a spare moment. As it took me almost a month to read it, I don't have a full review. I did write a Midway Mention though, and I'll be adding on what I thought of it as a whole.
Remember, Midway Mention is a not-quite meme I made up, in which I say what I thought of a book halfway through it. You can use MM if you wish, but please let me know and link back to me.

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.

Midway Mention:
Thus far into the book, the Iron Daughter shares the same fate as many other sequels; coming nowhere near meeting the high standards set by the previous book. To start with, the summary was wrong. Most of the summary talks about Meghan's stay in the Winter court, which ends early on. Then there are her conflicting feelings for Ash. She keeps wondering if he loves her or was playing her, but the answer is quite obvious. Wrongly emphasized summaries are one of the things that always gets on my nerves.
I really felt for Meghan when she learnt more about Ariella, Ash's  first love. Puck said something to Meghan, and it was predictable and cliche`, but she should have accepted it anyways.
The book takes some unexpected twists, forcing me to stop at an intense moment. It's been a bit predicable but very climactic. I'm excited to continue reading.
Rating So Far: *** 3 stars
Stopped At: Part 2, Chapter 13, Charles and the Redcaps, Page 183

Continued Review:
After the first half, the book took a turn for the better. It became brilliant and intense, always leaving you on the edge of your seat, glued to the pages as you waited for the rest. Though there were slow parts in the beginning, the second half was brilliant.
Characters: Meghan was strong and tough, but smart. She knew better than to charge into battle like a weakling. And she's also capable of emotions, so she's not just a hard shell. Puck comes back after his little disappearance, and he's his usual awesome, fearless self. And then we have Ash. Oh, man, Ash. He's also really awesome, except he was a bit too angsty for my taste. He was all about "I want to but I can't" and "It's my duty alone" and "I'm too much of an idiot to accept help". Okay, maybe he'd didn't say the last one, but it was implied.
Team Ash vs Puck: In terms of who I like better, I'm in love with Puck. He's sooo awesome!! As for who Meghan should pick, Team Ash. But, she already picks at the end of this book.
The ending. Oh, wow, the ending. I was sitting there for a moment, stunned. It's sooo awesome!! I love the ending, and I'm soooo excited for the next book! I was rocking back and forth moaning for a bit as I got over the aftershock. Any complaints I had about the book were obliterated with that ending.

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  1. Glad you enjoyed The Iron Daughter! I totally am the same way with the Team thing! I love Puck but Meghan and Ash were meant to be! I totally wasn't expecting that ending either! I'm also eagerly awaiting The Iron Queen!

  2. I just bought the book. I'm planning to re-read The Iron King first. I love this series. Can't wait.

  3. Hey Riv. Sounds like a good book; I wanna read it now!
    I will email you about the fighting scenes because I could use some guidance/assistance with those. I probably won't get to email you until tomorrow or the next day, though because I'm behind with this and that and everything else. Please just remind me to email you because I so want to hear your thoughts.

    Happy writing,

  4. I bought this the other day, but I just can't get into it like I did the Iron King :/


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