The Iron Daughter by Julie KagawaThe Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Daughter

byJulie Kagawa

Paperback | July 20, 2010

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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.

Don't miss the first book in Julie Kagawa's highly anticipated new series, TALON, AVAILABLE OCTOBER 28, 2014
Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California on October 12, 1982. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked in bookstores and as a dog trainer. Her books include The Iron Fey series, The Iron Legends, The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series, and The Talon Saga.
Title:The Iron DaughterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.38 × 0.98 inPublished:July 20, 2010Publisher:HarlequinLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0373210132

ISBN - 13:9780373210138

Appropriate for ages: 14 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good series I like the first few books in this series. A nice easy read
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read When I was a young girl I would go crazy for a book about a girl who turns out to be a faery princess, to be admired by a gorgeous faery prince and the most famous faery around, oh and the princess rides a unicorn. And to think now I am over forty and still get to read a book about a faerie princess and still be crazy for it. THE IRON DAUGHTER has all the same qualities as THE IRON KING...well written, strong characters, weird creatures, heart pumping action, magic, and romance. But I would have to say I enjoyed THE IRON KING more. In this book Meghan was showing immaturity, a lot of whining through the whole book, It got to be to much. Other than that the book is a good addition to the series.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Book I went through this book in one sitting, i couldn't keep myself from finishing it. It was so captivating!
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome series. This is an amazing series. Very adventurous, romantic and thrilling.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible series! I absolutely loved reading this series, and The Iron Daughter was no exception! Great characters and easy to read.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from NeverNever is one of my fav worlds While the story became a little predictable the world kept growing and expanding. NeverNever is a fantastic world in which i'd like to live myself. And of course everyone's favorite comedic character has many good lines
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Iron Daughter I love the idea of a fantasy book about a faery world. This one was well executed.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good! Needed to buy the entire collections, love this book
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome world building! The first book was amazing and the second is as amazing and even more! The world building in this book is tremendous which is great as it adds depth to the overall story!
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book The second book in this series is an interesting read. The world of the fey is getting larger and more adventurous. Now there is an Iron fey leader to contend with. Enjoyable. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Getting Even Better! I was so happy to return to these characters and this world. The tension was thick and the story was fast-paced and exciting. I never knew what to expect and I loved it!
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book !!! Great addition to the series! Definitely a must read!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love It Far better than the first one, the first one was still good.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book series! Great book! Love this type of epic tale..If you liked Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas you will love this series.
Date published: 2015-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Seriously this book and this series is so captivating and intense to read. I can't put these books down!
Date published: 2015-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely captivating This novel was action packed and intensely exciting. I really love how inviting Kagawa?s writing is. Everything is larger than life, and the sense of inevitability is there throughout. The combination of science and fantasy is eerily brilliant. It is the culmination of what humanity can dream up. Kagawa definitely threw some plot twists as us that I couldn?t have imagined. She kept me on my toes throughout while developing an unforgettable tale. This is the type of story that all fae enthusiasts will love, regardless of their age. I thoroughly enjoy how well developed the characters in this novel are. We get to know a great deal about who they truly are, what lies underneath the polished court exteriors. And this doesn?t end with the main characters in the novel. It extends throughout the supporting cast as well, allowing readers to connect with everyone who graces the pages of this novel. My heart breaks for the characters in this one. It?s very Romeo
Date published: 2014-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect read Title says it all
Date published: 2014-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Iron daughter This such anwesome series!
Date published: 2014-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Iron daughter This book is wonderful. The world Kagawa has created sucks you in from the beginning. This book leaves you wanting more.
Date published: 2013-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Iron daughter One word: FANTASTICALLLLLLLLLLLL!!! The book trailer didn't do this book justice. I was hooked from page one. Kid you not this book is and will be on my top 10 favorite book list along with all of the other books j kagawa has written. She isa incredible story teller and insanely awesome world builder. If you haven't started this series, START IT NOWWWWWW!!!! You won't regret it. The first book is the Iron king....then the iron daughter followed by the iron queen then the iron knight with 2 novellas inbetween called "summers crossing" and "winters passage" . Love every single one of these books. I know you will too. Toodles darlings!!!
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is so good I can't wait to start the next one
Date published: 2013-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! Loved the first and adore the second!
Date published: 2013-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Just such a great book!!
Date published: 2013-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2013-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Iron Daughter Okay. So, at the beginning of this novel, I have to admit that Meghan was really getting on my nerves... I mean, really, Meghan? Really? Ash TOLD YOU he was going to be stealy towards you at the end of the first book. So why was it SUCH A SURPRISE that that's the way he acted? -.- Anyways. Just as in the first book, the action scenes that Kagawa writes are AWESOME! Truely amazing, heart-pounding scenes that I can picture perfectly in my head as characters battle it out among each other. :) While reading the book for a second time, I did find out that Kagawa really likes the use of coiling muscles and pounding hearts... :P Not that it's a bad thing, but it's something that she uses quite often. I really liked the addition of Leanansidhe. Quite often I found her reminding me of the story of Alice in Wonderland with her mannerisms among other things. Meghan, however, still has quite a bit of growing up to do... Even with the problem she had I couldn't get over how useless she was than not. And when things seemed to be important to her and like they needed to be done STRAIGHT AWAY, she would take her time to have small conversations... Also! I couldn't believe that she was nervous to go back to school, considering everything she went through and the fact that she wasn't bothered by the old cheerleaders in the end of the first book. With all that said, I did like the book and although rather annoying at first it did start to pick up during part three of the book. Needless to say, I hope Meghan grows up a lot more in the next one and that Julie Kagawa has an amazing writing style. :)
Date published: 2012-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nothing New. This is the second book in the "Iron Fey" series. There's really not much to say about this one. I had a feeling it was going down the "love triangle" I wasn't surprised when both Puck and Ash were both gunning for Meghan. I really do like this series, but I will say that the plot isn't that original. It's the typical "two couples are forbidden to be together, girl wants guy, guy says the relationship is impossible, guy abandons girl, etc..." I don't mind when the storyline follows that route, but it just wasn't done in a way that was different or exciting. There's a point in the story where Ash doesn't recognize Meghan anymore...he's basically being controlled by the enemy. I found this really annoying. They both know they have feelings for each other and then he has to go and lose his memory. I'm not a fan of this sort of thing....I've read this so many times. It reminded me of the latest Mortal Instruments book, the Vampire Academy, Silence (Hush, Hush Series), etc. It's nothing new. Despite all that, I still liked the book. I was happy with where it left off. I didn't see that one coming, which was nice. I think we'll finally see more of Ash and Meghan in the next book.
Date published: 2012-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from FAV! Wow. Where to begin? A lot happened in this book. The Scepter of Seasons has been stolen. For six months out of the year it stays in the summer court and the other half of the year it stays in the winter court. The Winter Queen blames King Oberon at Summer Court for stealing it. A battle is declared against the Summer Court. But the Summer Kingdom doesn’t have it. It is up go Meghan Chase to saunter back into the Iron Kingdom to get it back. Virus, who was second in command to the now deceased Iron King, tries to take over. But turns out her iron glamour is nothing compared to Meghan’s. Throughout this book, Meghan realizes that she has faint iron glamour yet she is not sure where it comes from. Meghan is also torn between her love for Ash and her love for Puck. Read to find out how Meghan plans to retrieve the Scepter of Seasons and who she picks to love in the end. I loved the twists and turns of this story. Everything is fitting together so perfectly. The author clearly has an overly creative imagination to come up with all the characters of this story. There are less confusing parts in this book than there was in the first one. I could actually picture everything I was reading with go read-overs. On to the next one!
Date published: 2012-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so awsomely awsome omg i loved it so much it is better then the first one i cant belive ash gave it all up for her yay this book is a must read they all are
Date published: 2011-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling Sequel This is a great second installment to this series, and I found that I tore right through it. I did like the first book better, but I still really enjoyed this one. Again, I loved this world that Kagawa creates, the faery tale Midsummer Night's Dream dangerous yet enticing fantasy world. The creatures are so well portrayed that I can picture them easily. The danger is so real that I feel myself tensing up for Meghan, willing her not to do or say the wrong thing. The love triangle develops more in this book - and I find myself liking both Puck and Ash for different reasons. I did get a bit annoyed with Meghan for being so mad at Ash for being mean to her, even when he told her that they couldn't be together or they would be bannished. She seemed so confused by his actions when he was acting pretty clearly. There is also a bit of a Romeo and Juliet thing going on, with the starcrossed lovers and families who will never get along. However, I did like that Meghan shows a bit more of her powers and abilities in this book and I can't wait to see if she takes even more action in the next books. I hope that she keeps getting stronger. The twist at the end and the way she can use her power is intreguing to me and I can't wait to read more. Also in this book, the secondary characters are wonderful and add so much. Grimalkin the cat is great, so aloof and smart and always there at the right time. I also liked Iron Horse and his steadfastness. Even though he is made of iron, his loyalty and devotion makes him seem pretty likable. Kagawa continues her exploration of faery/imagination versus technology/progress in this book. I can see some of the lines potentially bluring, which is interesting. Unfortunately, there were several grammatical errors in the text, maybe proofreading errors, but I find these annoying because they take me out of the book and the world created. I would highly recommend this book to those who like fantasy books involving faeries, love triangles and plays on popular faerie mythology.
Date published: 2011-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Sequel This review originally posted at Christa's Hooked on Books -- Meghan Chase is back in the Nevernever. She made a deal with Ash, Prince of the Unseelie Court and she intends to uphold her end of the bargain. In return for helping her rescue her brother from the Iron King she has agreed to come with him to the Unseelie Court. Now facing Queen Mab and the cruelty of the Winter Fey makes defeating the Iron King feel like a walk in the park. To make it even worse Ash is acting like he doesn't even care about what happens to her. Alone, tormented and heartbroken Meghan hangs on day after day. She must be strong because she knows the Iron Fey are still out there and she still needs to convince everyone there coming, before it's too late. After reading the first book of the Iron Fey series (The Iron King) I had fallen in love with the world of the nevernever and couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. As well written as the first it kept me hooked all the way through. At first I found Meghan a bit too whiny. She's there pinning for Ash, expecting him to come to her rescue all the time, when he specifically told her he wouldn't be able to. Thankfully all that stopped when the real adventure began so it didn't last for long. After beginning her next quest Meghan goes back to being the stubborn and thoughtful girl we all known and love. Fighting for the people she loves, putting herself in danger, you've got to admire her. What was really fantastic about this book was that you really got to see the relationship between Meghan and Ash and Meghan and Puck develop. You find yourself falling for both leading men and though most people pick one to root for it is a difficult choice. There both so lovable in their own unique ways. As addicting as the first book The Iron Daughter is an enchanting fairy tale fantasy lovers will fall for. Mixing fantasy and romance it'll have you dreaming of the Nevernever and wishing a fairy (Summer OR Winter) would come take you way. But most of all, you'll find yourself rooting for Meghan as she hurls herself towards danger after danger, trying to protect the land she's grown to love.
Date published: 2011-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slightly Better I found myself disappointed with The Iron King but The Iron Daughter was better. Though I felt no emotion through Ash and Meghan once again, the action ceased to disappoint me on their journey to retrieve the scepter. There were some twists like Sage's death and Rowan's betrayal and Ironhorse's loyalty which made the book better. There were more Meghan/Puck parts which made me happy, yet disappointed again when she still chose Ash. A new character was introduced who went by the name of Leanansidhe and I absolutely loved her more than any character in the book. I don't know what else to say about this book other than revealing my overall disappointment even though it was slightly better than the first novel.
Date published: 2011-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you thought The Iron King was good... I thought I loved The Iron King (and Winter's Passage), but The Iron Daughter is even better. I have to admit that second books in most trilogies and sagas have me sometimes dreading that follow up sequel... because it usually involves heart-ache and the leading man we all love exiting the story for a bit. This "syndrome" had me quite worried about reading book two of Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series, especially because I absolutely adored The Iron King and Julie's online novella, Winter's Passage, and or course, Ash. But I have to say that I came away from this installment with a HUGE smile on my face!!! Meghan is my favourite protagonist. She grows from an insecure, unpopular/unnoticed teenage girl into an admirable heroine. I like to see the main character grow emotionally, intellectually and maturely... and she does all of that in a believable way. She's not perfect but she's the type of character you would want as your friend. She's a passionate soul... she would do anything for those she cares about, even if it is seemingly impossible, while she questions her own sanity over it. All the characters that surround Meghan evoke such strong emotions. From the cold-hearted faerie monarchs and aristocrats whom you almost hate with a passion, to the gentle dryads and "packrats", which provide the reasons you need to actually find any redeeming qualities in the Nevernever. And there's the main characters supporting Meghan. Puck (aka Robin Goodfellow) returns after recovering from nearly lethal injuries from the previous book. Of course, he arrives just in time to save Meghan from another precarious, almost hopeless situation. Even though Puck doesn't seem to have an insecure bone in his body... he does have a vulnerability when it comes to Meghan. He's always been her friend, looking out for her. Now, perhaps because Ash has entered the picture, he finally made his feelings for her more clear, leaving Meghan torn. And then there's Ash. *sigh* Ash is the epitome of a leading men/love interest (for me anyway). In this story, he's more torn than ever between is duty to his court, and his feelings for Meghan who is, of course, not part of his court, and considered the enemy. Their love is impossible and forbidden, and despite Ash's attempts at distancing himself from Meghan... they end up being thrown back together... time after time... leaving us to believe that fate has other ideas. We also learn more about Ash's past, which builds up his character beautifully. Grimalkin is back... fading in and out of the story at the most appropriate times (and sometimes inappropriate times *cough* Meghan and Puck's first kiss.) Grim is the talking cait sith, who helps when he's needed and vanishes when the dangers are too close. And when he is questioned of his information or knowledge... his simple reply explains everything... "I am a cat". One former enemy returns as an ally and much cherished friend in this sequel as well. I loved that twist!! Julie spins a unique web of a story based on some traditional faery lore with a few modern twists... making it relevant and exhilerating. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what happens... while at the same time, I wanted to savour each page on its own. Julie writes VISUALLY... I can literally see the story played out in my head like a movie. It just flows beautifully, leaving you breathless when Meghan is breathless, and your heart aching when her heart aches. It was action packed, romance filled, suspenseful, humourous, and surprising! Some things I saw coming... while others totally had me saying "NO WAAAAAAAAY". It had me chuckling at times and teary-eyed at others. It remains one of my all-time favourite series EVER!
Date published: 2011-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Iron Daughter Again, I’m in shock. This book was just as great as The Iron King. The action started on the first page and did not stop until the very last page. This book made me cry, which pretty much automatically gives it 5 stars because any book that can get that much emotion out of me, to get me that attached to the characters, has got to be great. The Iron Daughter was a true emotional rollercoaster. It had me crying, laughing, wanting to scream and wanting to seriously hug some characters, on many occasions! Warning, it is not a book you want to read in public, it was quite embarrassing when I got all teary in the middle of class! The love triangle was definitely more prominent in this novel. Usually, I really don’t like love triangles, I find them overdone, but Julie Kagawa’s series is an exception! The whole thing is well planned out and it goes with the story fittingly. Yes, I know, short review, but I am dying to go and read The Iron Queen!
Date published: 2011-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite New Author This Year! There is just something remarkable about reading books involving the faery realm that share a new perspective and twist on the same old, same old. The Iron Daughter brings an exciting and refreshing storyline to life with brilliant characters, gorgeous settings and the return of the Iron Fey. Meghan, the half-faery princess, and her gang of misfits are yet again trying to fight the Iron Fey in their latest adventure in the Nevernever. Meghan teams up with Ash, Puck, Grim and a slew of new and exciting characters. The princess needs to figure out who she can trust, who her real friends are and exactly what she is fighting for. To be honest most of the time when I read sequels I am leery, because I feel as though the first book is usually the best in a series. I was completely wrong with this author. Julie Kagawa surpassed my expectations for a sequel; with regards to her writing style, the imagination needed to create such endearing characters, and the passion that must have gone into getting the storyline just right. Throughout the book I caught myself actually going back to reread passages, because the wording was just so beautiful that I could clearly see the scene as if I were actually a part of the faery realm. One of the things that made this a page turner for me was the love triangle that Meghan is involved in. She has incredible feelings for two amazing men in her life, but fears losing either of them. It is actually quite hard to ignore the emotions that pour through you during this novel. There is such passion and longing involved throughout the entire story. As an avid faery world and romance novel reader, I would have to suggest this series to any who have just recently started reading fantasy and also to longtime readers of the genre. I will definitely be adding this series to my fantasy collection. Can't wait to see what Meghan's next mission will be!
Date published: 2010-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Epic Journey! The Iron Daughter is book two (or 2.5) in Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey Series. Meghan Chase has just found out she is half human and half fae, the daughter of Oberon, the King of the Summer Fae. Meghan made a deal with Winter Prince Ash, to help her find her brother and now it’s time for her to pay up. Ash takes Meghan to his mother, the Summer Queen, Mab. Once in the Winter Court, Ash deserts Meghan and she is devastated. Little does she know, something more important in brewing which leads up to a war with Summer & Winter. If Meghan doesn’t get Ash’s help, it could mean the end of both Summer & Winter. As I have said before, The Iron Fey series is one of my favorite YA’s out in 2010 and this time around Ms. Kagawa doesn’t disappoint. Her writing is action packed and emotionally intense, even if Meghan isn’t just yet. But keep in mind, she’s still a teenager and just because she’s thrown into this world, it doesn’t mean she has to like it or not talk back (even when she really shouldn’t). But you do feel that she’s growing, she’s starting to understand the world around her and what she needs to do because there really is no turning back. There is a huge war looming between the courts when the Season Scepter is stolen, which leads Meghan once again into the path of danger and right back in between Puck and Ash. I can’t forget, Grim, who always pops up just when you think he’s ditched everyone for good. There are also a few new characters that you either hate or love, there is no in between. But I have to tell you, Ironhorse…I love love love. *sniffle* The romance is still heartbreaking, I really love Puck and Ash, I have no idea which “team” I belong too. It changes every chapter! I don’t know how Meghan can stand to be caught in between such polar opposites and not scream! Either way, it’s overwhelming for me so I can’t imagine what it would be like to be in Meghan’s position. After finishing The Iron Daughter, I neeeeeeed to have a copy of The Iron Queen right about now. The ending of the Iron Daughter, whoa. February 2011 can’t come soon enough, but then again that will be the conclusion to this series. I may have to push back reading it, I don’t think I’m ready to let these characters go so soon. To me, thats a hallmark of a wonderful series and that is exactly what The Iron Fey Series is. Once again, Meghan is on an epic journey and I can’t wait to see how it all ends….I think
Date published: 2010-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded ALL Expectations! If you haven't read the first book in this fantastic series; The Iron King, then DO NOT hesitate to read it! It's an amazing start to this brilliant trilogy, and it leaves you dieing to read this sequel. * * * Now, if you loved the first book, you will LOVE is sequel. It exceeded every single expectation I had. I couldn't wait for more action, thrill, mystery, romance, and adventure . . . and that's exactly what Kagawa intertwined into this continuation. I was hooked from beginning to end, and I was so shocked at how amazing this sequel was turning out to be! SO captivating and just . . .everything you could ask for in a sequel. Meghan did aggravate me at times, but hey, nobody is perfect. Every single character is brilliantly created, and I love the sense of adventure and strength they bring to the read. Ah, and the romance, is just heartbreaking /heart warming /incredible/ brilliant /amazing. I am now torn in between Puck and Ash. In the first book, I was all for Team Ash, but now, I cannot help but help but love Puck even more. Am I allowed to be on both teams? :) So, this picks up just where The Iron King left off. Megan is in The Winter Court, with now way of leaving. The agreement between her and Ash leaves her with no choice, Oberon cannot even release her from Mab's captivity, a deal is a deal. Meghan is left deserted, and alone when Ash makes it very clear that he cannot love her, he wants nothing to do with her. His loyalty to his mother, the queen, has left him torn, but ultimately he has chosen his family's side. He pretends like she doesn't exist, and Meghan is left crushed, and sickened by his change of heart. She has no one to turn to, no one to trust. She's even approached by Ash's brothers, and she must deny the fact that she loves Ash. But they have a suspicion. The Summer Court and The Winter Court cannot have love between there people, it is strictly forbidden, but Megan cannot deny the feelings that she has for the Winter Prince. Megan turns out to be at the wrong place, in the wrong time. The Iron Fey make their move, which leaves Megan caught in the middle of it. Mab blames the Summer Court for the intrusion and the murder. It looks like Megan will have to defend her father's Court, and retrieve the Scepter of the Seasons to Mab, to prove to her that the Iron Fey is in fact behind all of this. Though, with Meghan's powers sealed, she's is left a part of an adventure where she will need all the help she can get. Ash slightly changes his mind, and it leaves them two escaping from the Winter Court. The two of them try to get as far as they can, but that becomes difficult when you have Mab's people on the hunt for her son, and the half-fae. Betrayal leaves Ash shocked, but they manage to overcome it with a few familiar faces. Puck is back, the best friend that Meghan has always counted on. But is he still her best friend, or is much more than that? Megan meets new people, and gains new alliances, bringing her closer to the Scepter of the Seasons. She is faced with new problems, and conflicts. She must face iron fey, enemies, and the daunting decision of who to trust. She knows Ash cannot have feelings toward her if he doesn't want to betray his family, and now, she knows how Puck really feels, and that leaves her torn in between her true love, and her long time, best friend. This is a new adventure, and Meghan knows that if the Scepter of the Seasons isn't returned, the war won't end. She must prove who is innocent, and who is guilty. Looks like the truce to this war lies in the hands of a half-fae, a sarcastic troublemaker, a talking cat, a massive horse, and one icy prince. 5/5 2010-056
Date published: 2010-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As Good as Iron Can Get! Deffinately didn't let me down. Lies and deception are found though it never makes you put the book down. I devoured it in one day. Love between Ash and Meghan, and Puck and Meghan made me absolutely hungry for more, and for more of the strange world of the Nevernever. Altough there is alot of Flat Characters, the story is simply original and amazing.
Date published: 2010-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just As Amazing As The First One! After finishing The Iron Daughter, all I can say is that I need to read The Iron Queen... like right now! Once again, Julie Kagawa takes readers on a fast-paced, wild thrill ride that is sure to bring out the inner faerie-lover in you. With plenty of action, adventure, and even heart-wrenching moments this time around... seriously, what was not to love? Meghan Chase finds herself a prisoner in Queen Mab's Winter Courts with her powers sealed, surrounded by her enemies with no one to trust... even Ash, her ice prince, wants nothing to do with her. But after a sudden deadly visit by the Iron Fey, the Scepter of the Seasons is stolen and Mab is all too quick to blame Oberon, Meghan's father and also the Summer King. Now Meghan has more than her love life to deal with on her plate. If she doesn't find a way to prove the Summer Court didn't steal the Scepter and return it to the Winter Court... there will be war. All of your favourite characters are back again, plus we get to meet some new ones! I kind of felt that Meghan was more like a damsel in distress too often in this one, but when the the time ultimately comes for her to make her most important move, she won't let you down. And the boys! The boys! Puck revealing his true feelings about Meghan (while giving us some great laughs!) and Ash's iciness will have both Team Puck and Team Ash fans anxious to find out what happens next! I mean, I used to think I was on one side before... but now.... I think I'm more on the fence. Kagawa has created two great guys that either way, if they don't have their happily ever after with the Summer Princess, I will be torn. You'll love The Iron Daughter as much as, if not more, than The Iron King- an impressive feat for sure. You can also check out the review at:
Date published: 2010-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sequel *Spoilers for the first book* In this sequel to Kagawa’s Iron King, Meghan returns to Tir Na Nog with Ash, her forbidden Winter prince. What awaits for her there is the terrifying Queen Mab of the Winter Courts and a deadly visit from the Iron Fey that she thought she had left behind. Now that the Scepter of the Seasons has been stolen and the eldest Winter Prince, Sage, was killed trying to protect it, Queen Mab blames the Summer King for the lost scepter and her son’s death. The two courts are preparing for war, and Meghan is in the middle of this because she knows that the ones to blame here are the Iron Fey. But how is she going to convince everybody that the Iron Fey are dangerous when nobody even believes they exist? The only way to prove her father and her Court innocent is to find the scepter and return it to the Winter Queen. And to do this, she will need help from her closest friends; Puck, who seems to be showing more and more affection for the Summer princess; Ash, who is keeping his distance from the girl he is supposed to hate; and some new warriors and old friends who seem to keep popping up. Love is on the line, and betrayal is a deadly consequence. Again, I was blown away by Kagawa’s ability to create a stunning and imaginative read. I couldn’t put this book down as I read about Meghan’s new adventures in this great sequel. There were some parts that I found were not explained thoroughly enough, and some motives were not revealed, but I guess that just hangs onto us for the third and final book. I can’t wait to find out the ending in The Iron Queen.
Date published: 2010-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it Now this is how all fairy books should be written! The story was great just like a modern fairytale. It had action, romance and set at a great pace. If you enjoyed the first one, you'll love this one. I can't wait for the third book. I loved this.
Date published: 2010-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love lost, action mystery....what a ride! Meghan Chase, the half Faery/half human daughter of Oberon must return to the winter court as part of her bargain with Ash (the Prince of the Unseelie winter court) What the court brings Meghan does not know, but she figures with Ash at her side she can face anything. Their arrival brings around a change in Ash who no longer wants anything to do with her. In the world of the Fae the winter and summer court can never be together. Punishment is banishment from the Neverever. With her heart broken and still longing for Ash, Meghan is with Ash’s brother when an Iron Fae kills him and takes the summer/winter sceptre. With the sceptre in the wrong hands winter and summer will start to affect the human world. But what will the Iron Fae do with the sceptre? There are rumours of a new Iron King and taking over the land of all the Fae. The winter and summer courts prepare for battle, as they do not see the real danger from the iron fae. With new friends and allies that Meghan is not sure whose side they are on; Meghan does her best to find the sceptre and protect not just her brother but all human and fae. Book two was just as fast paced and fun as the first one. There were lots of twists and turns that you never see coming, as well as lots of foreshadowing for the third book the Iron Queen. The love triangle that is created in this book had me going back and forth as to which person I ultimately wanted Meghan to end up with. I love Puck! I reread The Iron King and I will with this too. There is so much going on that you really don’t get it all in one read. Great book!
Date published: 2010-07-19

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The Winter CourtThe Iron King stood before me, magnificent in his beauty, silver hair whipping about like an unruly waterfall. His long black coat billowed behind him, accenting the pale, angular face and translucent skin, the blue-green veins glowing beneath the surface. Lightning flickered in the depths of his jet-black eyes, and the steel tentacles running the length of his spine and shoulders coiled around him like a cloak of wings, glinting in the light. Like an avenging angel, he floated toward me, hand outstretched, a sad, tender smile on his lips.I stepped forward to meet him as the iron cables wrapped gently around me, drawing me close. "Meghan Chase," Machina murmured, running a hand through my hair. I shivered, keeping my hands at my sides as the tentacles caressed my skin. "You have come. What is it you want?"I frowned. What did I want? What had I come for? "My brother," I answered, remembering. "You kidnapped my brother, Ethan, to draw me here. I want him back.""No." Machina shook his head, moving closer. "You did not come for your brother, Meghan Chase. Nor did you come for the Unseelie prince you claim to love. You came here for one thing only. Power."My head throbbed and I tried backing away, but the cables held me fast. "No," I muttered, struggling against the iron net. "This… this is wrong. This isn't how it went.""Show me, then." Machina opened his arms wide. "How was it 'supposed' to go? What did you come here to do? Show me, Meghan Chase.""No!""Show me!"Something throbbed in my hand: the beating pulse of the Witchwood arrow. With a yell, I raised my arm and drove the sharpened point through Machina's chest, sinking the arrow into his heart.Machina staggered back, giving me a look of shocked horror. Only it wasn't Machina anymore but a faery prince with midnight hair and bright silver eyes. Lean and dangerous, silhouetted all in black, his hand went to the sword at his belt before he realized it was too late. He swayed, fighting to stay on his feet, and I bit down a scream."Meghan," Ash whispered, a thin line of red trickling from his mouth. His hands clutched at the arrow in his chest as he fell to his knees, pale gaze beseeching mine. "Why?"Shaking, I raised my hands and saw they were covered in glistening crimson, running rivulets down my arms, dripping to the ground. Below the slick coating, things wiggled beneath my skin, pushing up through the surface, like leeches in blood. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew I should be terrified, appalled, majorly grossed out. I wasn't. I felt powerful, powerful and strong, as if electricity surged beneath my skin, as if I could do anything I wanted and no one could stop me.I looked down at the Unseelie prince and sneered at the pathetic figure. Could I really have loved such a weakling once upon a time?"Meghan." Ash knelt there, the life fading from him bit by bit, even as he struggled to hold on. For a brief moment, I admired his stubborn tenacity, but it wouldn't save him in the end. "What about your brother?" he pleaded. "And your family? They're waiting for you to come home."Iron cables unfurled from my back and shoulders, spreading around me like glittering wings. Gazing down at the Unseelie prince, helpless before me, I gave him a patient smile."I am home."The cables slashed down in a silver blur, slamming into the faery's chest and staking him to the ground. Ash jerked, his mouth gaping silently, before his head lolled back and he shattered like crystal on concrete.Surrounded by the glittering remains of the Unseelie prince, I threw back my head and laughed, and it turned into a ragged scream as I wrenched myself awake.My name is Meghan Chase.I've been in the palace of the Winter fey for a while now. How long exactly? I don't know. Time doesn't flow right in this place. While I've been stuck in the Nevernever, the outside world, the mortal world, has gone on without me. If I ever get out of here, if I ever make it home, I might find a hundred years have passed while I was gone, like Rip van Winkle, and all my family and friends are long dead.I try not to think of that too often, but sometimes, I can't help but wonder.My room was cold. It was always cold. I was always cold.Not even the sapphire flames in the hearth were enough to drive out the incessant chill. The walls and ceiling were made of opaque, smoky ice; even the chandelier sparkled with a thousand icicles. Tonight, I wore sweatpants, gloves, a thick sweater and a wool hat, but it wasn't enough. Outside my window, the underground city of the Winter fey sparkled with icy radiance. Dark forms leaped and fluttered in the shadows, flashing claws, teeth and wings. I shivered and gazed up at the sky. The ceiling of the vast cavern was too far away to see through the darkness, but thousands of tiny lights, balls of faery fire or faeries themselves, twinkled like a blanket of stars.There was a rap at my door.I didn't call out Come in. I'd learned not to do so in the past. This was the Unseelie Court, and inviting them into your room was a very, very bad idea. I couldn't keep them out completely, but the fey follow rules above all else, and by order of their queen, I was not to be bothered unless I requested it.Letting them into my room could almost sound like such a request.I crossed the floor, my breath streaming around me, and cracked open the door.A slinky black cat sat on the floor with its tail curled around itself, gazing up at me with unblinking yellow eyes. Before I could say anything, it hissed and darted through the crack like a streak of shadow."Hey!"I spun around, but the cat was no longer a cat. Tiaothin the phouka stood there, grinning at me, canines glinting. Of course. It would be the phouka; they didn't follow social rules. In fact, they seemed to take great pleasure in breaking them. Furred ears peeked out of her dreadlocked hair, twitching sporadically. She wore a gaudy jacket that sparkled with fake gems and studs, ripped jeans and combat boots. Unlike the Seelie Court, the Unseelie fey actually preferred "mortal" clothing. Whether it was in direct defiance of the Seelie Court, or because they wanted to blend in more with humans, I wasn't sure."What do you want?" I asked cautiously. Tiaothin had taken a keen interest in me when I was brought to court, the insatiable curiosity of a phouka, I suppose. We'd talked a few times, but she wasn't exactly what I'd call a friend. The way she stared at me, unblinking, like she was sizing me up for her next meal, always made me nervous.The phouka hissed, running her tongue along her teeth. "You're not ready," she said in her sibilant voice, looking me over skeptically. "Hurry. Hurry and change. We should go, quickly."I frowned. Tiaothin had always been difficult to understand, bouncing from one subject to the next so quickly it was hard to keep up. "Go where?" I asked, and she giggled."The queen," Tiaothin purred, flicking her ears back and forth. "The queen has called for you."My stomach twisted into a tight ball. Ever since I'd come to the Winter Court with Ash, I'd been dreading this moment. When we'd first arrived at the palace, the queen regarded me with a predatory smile and dismissed me, saying that she wished to speak to her son alone and would call for me soon. Of course, "soon" was a relative term in Faery, and I'd been on pins and needles ever since, waiting for Mab to remember me.That was also the last time I saw Ash.Thinking of Ash sent a flutter through my stomach, reminding me how much had changed. When I first came to Faery, searching for my kidnapped brother, Ash had been the enemy, the cold, dangerous son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. When war threatened the courts, Mab sent Ash to capture me, hoping to use me as leverage against my father, King Oberon. But, frantic to save my brother, I made a bargain with the Winter prince, instead: if he helped me rescue Ethan, I would return with him to the Unseelie Court without a fight. At that point, it was a desperate gamble; I needed all the help I could get to face down the Iron King and save my brother. But, somewhere in that blasted wasteland of dust and iron, watching Ash battle the realm that was poisoning his very essence, I realized I was in love with him.Ash had gotten me there, but he almost didn't survive his brush with Machina. The King of the Iron fey was insanely strong, almost invincible. Against all odds, I managed to defeat Machina, rescue my brother, and take him home.That night as per our contract, Ash came for me. It was time to honor my end of the bargain. Leaving my family behind once more, I followed Ash into Tir Na Nog, the land of Winter.The journey through Tir Na Nog was cold, dark, and terrifying. Even with the Winter prince at my side, Faery was still savage and inhospitable, especially to humans. Ash was the perfect bodyguard, dangerous, alert and protective, but he seemed distant at times, distracted. And the farther we went into Winter, the more he drew away, sealing himself off from me and the world. And he wouldn't tell me why.On the last night of our journey we were attacked. A monstrous wolf, sent by Oberon himself, tracked us down, intent on killing Ash and spiriting me back to the Summer Court. We managed to escape, but Ash was wounded fighting the creature, so we took refuge in an abandoned ice cave to rest and bind his wounds.He was silent as I wrapped a makeshift bandage around his arm, but I could feel his eyes on me as I tied it off. Releasing his arm, I looked up to meet his silvery gaze. Ash blinked slowly, giving me that look that meant he was trying to figure me out. I waited, hoping I would finally glean some insight into his sudden aloofness."Why didn't you run?" he asked softly. "If that thing had killed me, you wouldn't have to come back to Tir Na Nog. You would've been free."I scowled at him."I agreed to that contract, same as you," I muttered, tying off the bandage with a jerk, but Ash didn't even grunt. Angry now, I glared up at him, meeting his eyes. "What, you think just because I'm human I was going to back out? I knew what I was getting into, and I am going to uphold my end of the bargain, no matter what happens. And if you think I'd leave you just so I wouldn't have to meet Mab, then you don't know me at all.""It's because you're human," Ash continued in that same quiet voice, holding my gaze, "that you missed a tactical opportunity. A Winter fey in your position wouldn't have come back. They wouldn't let their emotions get in the way. If you're going to survive in the Unseelie Court, you have to start thinking like them.""Well, I'm not like them." I rose and took a step back, trying to ignore the feeling of hurt and betrayal, the stupid angry tears pressing at the corners of my eyes. "I'm not a Winter faery. I'm human, with human feelings and emotions. And if you want me to apologize for that, you can forget it. I can't just shut off my feelings like you can."I whirled to stalk away in a huff, but Ash rose with blinding speed and gripped my upper arms. I stiffened, locking my knees and keeping my back straight, but struggling with him would have been useless. Even wounded and bleeding, he was much stronger than me."I'm not ungrateful," he murmured against my ear, making my stomach flutter despite itself. "I just want you to understand. The Winter Court preys on the weak. It's their nature. They will try to tear you apart, physically and emotionally, and I won't always be there to protect you."I shivered, anger melting away, as my own doubts and fears came rushing back. Ash sighed, and I felt his forehead touch the back of my hair, his breath fanning my neck. "I don't want to do this," he admitted in a low, anguished voice. "I don't want to see what they'll try to do to you. A Summer fey in the Winter Court doesn't stand much of a chance. But I vowed that I would bring you back, and I'm bound to that promise." He raised his head, squeezing my shoulders in an almost painful grip as his voice dropped a few octaves, turning grim and cold. "So you have to be stronger than they are. You can't let down your guard, no matter what. They will lead you on, with games and pretty words, and they will take pleasure in your misery. Don't let them get to you. And don't trust anyone." He paused, and his voice went even lower. "Not even me.""I'll always trust you," I whispered without thinking, and his hands tightened, turning me almost savagely to face him."No," he said, narrowing his eyes. "You won't. I'm your enemy, Meghan. Never forget that. If Mab tells me to kill you in front of the entire court, it's my duty to obey. If she orders Rowan or Sage to carve you up slowly, making sure you suffer every second of it, I'm expected to stand there and let them do it. Do you understand? My feelings for you don't matter in the Winter Court. Summer and Winter will always be on opposite sides, and nothing will change that."I knew I should be afraid of him. He was an Unseelie prince, after all, and had in no uncertain terms admitted he would kill me if Mab ordered him to. But he also admitted to having feelings for me, feelings that didn't matter, but it still made my stomach squirm when I heard it. And maybe I was being naive, but I couldn't believe Ash would willingly hurt me, even in the Winter Court. Not with the way he was looking at me now, his silver eyes conflicted and angry.He stared at me a moment longer, then sighed. "You didn't hear a word I said, did you?" he murmured, closing his eyes.

Editorial Reviews

"Simply wonderful. Reading The Program somehow reminded me of reading Shakespeare. Each page is so laden with verities that a slow read is mandated. So, read slow and thrive." -- Walter M. Bortz II, M.D., bestselling author of Dare to Be 100 and We Live Too Short and Die Too Long