Release Date: August 1st 2010
Publisher: HarlequinTeen Australia
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So I finally picked up The Iron Daughter... WHY DIDN'T SOMEONE
I've decided that rather than writing proper reviews for this series, it'll just be like a sort of collection of feelings about the books because I just can't...
I adored the Iron King, I thought it was fantastic - the plot, characters, world building, EVERYTHING were just brilliant. Although I'd heard so many people say the Iron Daughter lived up to it's precessor, I was so scared due to the hype and due to 'second book syndrome'. I.. Just... I wish I had have read this sooner!
The plot was brilliant as usual; action-packed, funny, tear-jerking and exciting, although the only thing I wasn't a fan of was Meghan's obsession with Ash in the beginning but that soon died down a bit and you get to really see Meghan grow and mature. In fact, all of the character matured an incredible amount. It's so lovely to see that events such as those that occured in Iron King and Iron Daughter, ACTUALLY mature the characters - and not just having the MC tell you they are a stronger person for what they've been through, with Meghan you're shown exactly how she has matured; her way of thinking is different, her priorities change, her attitude changes... Basically, it's just wonderful to see how Meghan has grown in this book.
As for the other characters... Well, we have the usual; Grimalkin, Puck, Ash, Oberon, Mab... But there are some characters who were in the Iron King who I was not expecting to see in Iron Daughter, the main one being Ironhorse and GOD DAMMIT I LOVE HIM OKAY. (spoilers in GR review) Ironhorse added a bit of humour to the overall tone as well because of the way he would just YELL FUCKING EVERYTHING NO MATTER WHAT CONTEXT IT WAS. I think I'm more obsessed with the fey animals in this series than the actual faeries or humans. Another new addition who I loved was Charles, this sub-plot is just perfectly executed and helps add more character to Meghan, Puck and Ash in particular. Seriously, Julie Kagawa knows how to write... Just wow.
I just adore everything about this series so far (I haven't yet read the Iron Knight but it's on order as we speak) and I love how everything is so nicely wrapped up in a pretty little bow in every book, yet there is continuous plot and character development. There are so many more things I want to say about this at the moment but I'll wait until I finish Iron Knight :)
If you haven't read this series already, please do... It's magical, brilliant and exciting. The world that Kagawa has built is so rich, beautiful and terrifying that you can't help but be sucked in.