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Thoughts on a Book: The Iron Daughter

I’ve been in the palace of the Winter fey for a while now. How long exactly?  I don’t know. Time doesn’t flow right in this place. If I ever get out of here, I might find a hundred years have passed and all my family and friends are long dead.

I try not to think about that, but sometimes I can’t help but wonder.

My name is Meghan Chase.

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 fairies 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 Feary 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.

AUTHOR: JULIE KAGAWA

Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish and the odd eel.

When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.

To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time.

Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all-time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyperactive Papillon.

  1. Stupid of me not to remember one important detail in The Iron King blog post. I overlooked one of the more interesting characters, Grimalkin the Cat. Grim is a pain in the as* because he happens to know the answers to all the important questions. His reason for the remarkable erudition: he is a cat. It doesn’t mean a damn thing but that is his freakin’ explanation.
  2. In the previous book, Meghan bargained with her on-and-off lover Ash resulting into her “detention” in the Unseelie Court. Under the strict supervision of Mab, she spends most of her days inside the castle of the Ice Queen. It would’ve been a sh*tty bargain if not for the opportunity of seeing her prince all the time. Things became interesting when she started hearing voices, well, one in particular – Machina. The dismembered voice  doesn’t make silly noises or do dull monologues, he talks to her. Like he is part of her. That is a nightmare.
  3. The reason for the sudden loquaciousness of the dead iron king is the rise of another iron king. He needs the help of our heroines to kill the impostor. (Iron King Killer is part of her resume.) If I was in her position, I’ll be like, “That is so not happening!” But I guess it sucks when your first kill started discussing strategic plans in your head. The Iron King is all dead and all douche.
  4. Men are douchebags. So it is just but fitting the most intriguing character introduced in the sequel is a female monarch – Leanandsidhe the Dark Muse, Queen of the Exiles. Her name alone conjures images of luxurious black and purple velvet costumes that scream drama queen.  Before her banishment, the Dark Muse inspired famous mortals such as “James Dean, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain.” Of course, their lives snuffed out as quick as a firecracker. Such is the strength of Leanansidhe. (Ironhorse is another remarkable character in The Iron Daughter but he tends to speak in all-caps so I chose the Dark Muse over him.)
  5. Leanansidhe also has a tragic connection with our heroine. I will let the readers to find it out for themselves.

RATING: B-

 

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