Title: The Iron Daughter
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publication Year: 2010
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
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.
This book fleshed out the major groups in the series a bit more for me. Since this is the first series about the fae that I’ve really gotten into, my knowledge of the whole “Seelie/Unseelie court” thing was very much lacking. So I found that aspect of the plot an interesting distraction from some of the more mundane things going on.
For starters, the whole “why-did-he-abandon-me-I-thought-he-loved-me” thing? Kind of getting old as a cliché in young adult fiction. I find it irritating to read, even if I know it’s really the most realistic plot device to use in a specific situation. (Oh, and the “only-we-know-something-that-everyone-else-claims-is-nonsense schtick? I feel about the same way about it, too.)
As the story progressed, though, I became less irritated and got more into what was happening. I liked the way that the characters were fleshed out farther so that we could get to know them better, and the way that Kagawa elaborated on the world of Faery. The Iron Daughter definitely kept up the expectations I had from the beginning of the series.