Last week I reviewed The Iron King, the first in the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. Since then I've read two more entries in the series: the novella Winter's Passage and the full second entry, The Iron Daughter.
The following double review assumes you've read The Iron King, though I think the spoilers are quite minor.
The Winter's Passage begins immediately where The Iron King ends and focuses on the journey of Ash, the Winter prince, and Meghan Chase, the Summer half-breed, as they travel to the Winter Court. Although the gist of the novella is summarized in the beginning of The Iron Daughter, don't miss out on this eBook, which tells the story of Ash and Meghan's changing relationship as they return to Nevernever.
In The Iron Daughter, Meghan Chase, half human and half Summer princess, realizes that the Fey world is far more complex than it appears on the surface. Political ambitions and loyalties are not simply divided between the Summer and the Winter courts, and it becomes increasingly difficult for Meghan to know whom to trust. Best friends turn their backs on each other, traditional enemies become allies, and once-weakened fey have renewed strength. As the uncomfortable truce between the two principal courts reaches a breaking point, alliances shift, and it's up to Meghan to try to save Nevernever.
As in the first novel of the series, two of Kagawa's strong points are world building and characterization. Along with Meghan, the reader is introduced to new aspects of the Fey world and its multiple layers. The pace of the book is well balanced, and the pauses between the action scenes move the plot forward and provide fodder for further story lines.
The mix of ancient myth with modern technology in this urban fantasy continues to intrigue. What would modern humans lose if they ceased to think about the faeries in their quest for the most up-to-date gadgets? Although The Iron Daughter has a satisfying, and not altogether predictable, ending, you'll definitely want to know what happens next. The good news is that you won't have to wait long for the third Iron Fey book: The Iron Queen.
The Giveaway: The Iron Queen is coming out tomorrow and I can't wait to read it. I love Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series, particularly because both the characters and the plot are multidimensional and multilayered. This is not your average romantic fairy tale: characters can die, heroes can make mistakes, alliances can change, and love does not conquer all.
Here's your chance to read all three Iron Fey books. Harlequin Teen is offering one of my readers the entire set of Kagawa's Iron Fey series. Yes, one reader with a U.S. or Canadian mailing address will receive one copy each of The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, and the The Iron Queen.
I bet you anything you end up reading all three in quick succession. While you're waiting to see if you are the lucky winner of all three books, be sure to check out the Iron Fey Facebook page, where you'll learn about other Iron Fey activities and tour stops as fans count down to the release of The Iron Queen.
To enter the giveaway, please fill out the following form. A winner will be picked via random number generator on February 7 and the books will be sent directly from Harlequin Teen. All personal data will be deleted from my computer once the winner is announced.
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Good luck in the giveaway, the Iron Fey books have become a favorite series of mine.
The Iron Daughter at Powell's
The Iron Daughter at Book Depository
Published by Harlequin / Harlequin Teen, 2010
ISBN-13: 9780373210138 & 9781426858321
YTD: 9 & 10
Source: Review / Bought (see review policy)
Rating: B+ & B+
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