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.
In The Iron Daughter, Meghan fulfills her end of bargain and stays in the Winter Court. Since Queen Mab is afraid of what Meghan is capable of, she seals Meghan’s fey power away. When the Scepter of the Seasons gets stolen and the eldest Winter Prince is murdered, Meghan becomes the prime suspect. With the help of Ash, the youngest Winter Prince, Meghan flees. But can she find out who is behind the conspiracy before she gets hunted?
Although Meghan is a little less annoying here than in book one, I still find some of her behavior awkward and unbelievably selfish. Perhaps she is being clouded by her own sense of insecurity, she acts like a brat and I can’t quite forgive her for doing things that are totally damaging to her friendship with Puck. Maybe Puck and Ash are just too-good-to-be-true, but how can they not see the faults in Meghan? It’s like they’re so ready to accept all aspects of Meghan without judgment that they just LOVE her. Let me say that although I sound like I’m not agreeing, I’m not really complaining here, and that’s because while I’m like stop kidding me, this is so not realistic, I’m also going all swoony-moony about the faery love and romance. I guess I’m being mesmerized by the writing magic of Julie Kagawa and I know it’s kinda hard to believe, but I’m beginning to soften my heart to accept Meghan as who she is, with her flaws and all. I guess you could say I’m opening up to learn to like Meghan. Hmmm … maybe I’ve tuned myself into the channels of Puck and Ash for far too long that after seeing Meghan through their eyes and listening to her through their heartbeats, I’m being influenced … I guess I’m being influenced by the magic in the Power of Love! 😀
The Iron Daughter is fast-paced, thrilling and emotionally satisfying. I love the ending … IT IS JUST SO GOOD!! I’m excited to say that I’m all ready for the next round of awesome adventure to begin, and with so many unresolved circumstances, I bet there wouldn’t be much space for a dull moment in the next installment. 🙂