Author: Julie Kagawa, 2010.
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy. Faerie.
Other Details: Paperback. 359 pages.
When I sat down to read The Iron Daughter, I quickly realised that I'd forgotten some key aspects of The Iron King and so spent some time re-reading bits as well as reading Winter's Passage, the e-novella that Julie Kagawa and Harlequin Teen had made available free of charge for a short period in 2010. It served as a linking story between the two novels detailing aspects of Meghan's journey with Prince Ash from our world to the Winter Court. I am not including the novella in my book count as I have learned that it will be published as part of a collection titled Iron Legends in August.
The Iron Daughter opens with Meghan, half-human daughter of King Oberon of the Summer Court, as the prisoner of Mab, the Winter Queen. While she has the run of the palace it is an inhospitable environment for a half-human from the Summer Court. Meghan is also pretty miserable that Ash, Mab's son, is treating her very coldly. Even if he was interested, she learns that love between those of the Winter and Summer Courts is strictly forbidden.
When war threatens to break out between the Summer and Winter Courts, Meghan is the only one aware that the instigators of the conflict are the Iron Fey. As no one in the Courts believe that the Iron Fey actually exist, Meghan is very alone in this knowledge. Happily she doesn't just mope about for 359 pages but seeks to stop the insidious plans of the Iron Fey.
Having enjoyed The Iron King when I read it last summer, it wasn't a great surprise to find that the same was true for the continuation of Meghan's story. Again I appreciated Kagawa's weaving of various strands of traditional faerie lore alongside the Iron Fey with their links to technology. She writes the romantic bits without being too cloying and the battle scenes were thrilling, even if at times fairly graphic.
I have to say that as much as I am on the side of the traditional Faerie Courts, I do feel that they may be engaged in a losing battle against the Iron Fey given how prevalent technology is in the modern human world. Hopefully, this is something Kagawa will address as the series continues.