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Iron Daughter ~ Julie Kagawa

April 23, 2018

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Fantasy/Science Fiction
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
ISBN: 9780373210138
359 pages
Source: Half Price Books

Oh, Book Two. It is never really my favorite. Kagawa manages to pull it off better than many, though.

The Iron Daughter picks up just on the heels of The Iron King’s final scene, leaving our characters a little out of breath when the second leg of the journey begins.

Previously-boring-mortal cum half-Spring Court-Fey, Meghan Chase is torn on so many levels, it’s kind of amazing she’s still standing.

Her heart is caught between her best friend and her sworn enemy. Her soul is caught between the Faerie World and her family she left behind to fulfill her magical duties.

It’s just a got, sparkly mess, honestly.

But, again, Julie Kagawa manages to mostly sidestep the Second Bok Sludge. You know, the one where the entire book is a rip-roaring adventure with no time to breathe? It happens like 99% of the time. I mean, there is some of that, for sure, but the story is entertaining and complex enough that the trope is hardly an issue.

One of the best things about this series is the commentary about progress and technology. The Iron Kingdom represents the tech world and its effects on the natural world. I’m far from a person who looks down her nose at engineering progress but from an environmental standpoint, the critique is refreshing.

I will say that I am really over lover triangles but I really do like both boys in question. I have my heart set on Ash but as is par for the course at this point in the game (I see you, Book Two Tropes), it isn’t looking like that will be the easiest path for our girl Meg.

I’m excited to see how things pan out. I think I have two more books in the series but then, it also looks like there have been a few more added in the time since I initially found the books (it’s taken me a few years to get to them0 so that warrants a little bit more investigation.

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