Honoring her contract to the Winter prince Ash, Meghan Chase is now Queen Mab’s prisoner in the Unseelie Court. On the night that the Seelie and Unseelie Court will come together to pass the scepter to change the seasons, it is stolen. Meghan and Ash know that it is the new king of the Iron fey’s doing, but no one will believe them.
To save both their courts, Ash and Meghan escape Nevernever and return to the human world to find the scepter and set the balance right again. Their romantic relationship becomes strained when Meghan discovers that she might have feelings for her best friend, Puck. Allies become enemies and enemies become friends in the second installment in Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, The Iron Daughter.
The first book in the series introduced us to a world we’ve discovered through other authors’ works, but Kawaga really does some amazing things with the world building in this one. Many of the characters from the first book return for the sequel, but we are also introduced to colorful new characters, particularly Leanansidhe, a fey who once dared to compete with Queen Titania. She is the ruler of Between, the veil that lies between Nevernever and the human realm. Though she’s dangerous and seductive, she adds a bit of comedy to this otherwise dark tale.
The only thing that really bothered me was that Puck is all of a sudden in love with Meghan. Never once in the first book did I think either had feelings of that nature toward one another, but then all of a sudden they do. Despite this one annoyance, the book ended satisfactorily for me and I’m ready to read what is sure to be a great conclusion to this trilogy.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.
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