Release Date: August 1st 2010
Series: The Iron Fey #2
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
The New York Times Bestselling Author 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
I’m probably a little too psyched about this because I just finished it but here we go!
You can read my review of The Iron King here.
After a bad bout of YA faerie novels I had resigned myself to not reading them, thinking they were all the same. One I did enjoy was Wicked Lovely, even thought it was somewhat stereotypical. But that’s not what we’re talking about today so I’ll get on with it.
I had no expectations when I picked up THE IRON KING. None, zilch, zippo. After walking into the library every week and seeing the entire series on the shelves just calling to me I had to pick them up. Everyone’s read the series and gave their two cents on them so I jumped on the bandwagon. I’ve read reviews that just sing praises for it like a church choir but I’ve also read some that are not so sugary sweet.
People on Goodreads would be like, “Did you read THE LOST PRINCE?” Goodreads searches followed and I found out it was also by Julie Kagawa. It kind of brought the series to my attention again and I’m glad it did.
For some reason I had associated this series with negative connotations: it would be stereotypical, the romance would be cliche, the writing would make me cringe, etc. Granted, it does have some tropes that are fairly common in the YA world, but it didn’t bother me. I know, I’m surprised at myself too. The amazing descriptions, lovable characters, plot conflicts, and action completely made up for it. So much I gave it one of my reclusive five stars.
I was all Team Ash before but now it’s more like 70%. Puck is just so cute with Meghan, he has obviously loved her and protected her for a long time. The ice prince kind of got on my nerves by being…icy. Personality wise.
Anyway most of the characters from the first novel are in THE IRON DAUGHTER as well and we learn a ton more about Ironhorse. Grim’s back and just as mysterious and conniving as ever. If being a cat gives you as much knowledge as he has, sign me up because that feline knows everything! I wish we had read more about Oberon, I want to learn more about his relationship with Meghan.
The plot was really entertaining and I loved the new characters that were introduced. And the twist with Meghan’s father! One thing I didn’t like was how Ash and Meghan’s relationship was pretty much torn apart but this was made up for in the end when Ash and Meghan have to make a choice that might lead them out of the Nevernever forever. Let’s just say I was more than pleased at what they chose.
Don’t turn this one down because you are afraid you won’t like it or because it’s too “popular.” These are great and I’d continue to talk about them except THE IRON QUEEN awaits!
Oh and does anyone know what the deal between Grim and Ironhorse was? Or do I find that out later?