The Iron Daughter is the second book in the Iron Fey series and therefore this review may contain spoilers for the previous book.
Meghan made her bargain with the fey. Now she must present herself to the Unseelie court and whatever fate may lie there. Winter is approaching and the Sceptor of the Seasons must be passed from summer fey to winter. It is barely in the hands of the Unseelie before it is stolen and tragedy is left in its wake. It’s up to Meghan to find the sceptor and prevent all-out war. But can she do it when her heart is breaking?
I must admit, if I hadn’t have been reading this on a train journey, I probably would have given up on it. It did pick up in the second half and there were some interesting elements but Meghan just seemed unconvincing. I don’t think I ever got round to reviewing the first book but I did enjoy it. In the second instalment, she leaves her braincells behind. Having been through a harrowing experience with many factions of the fey, you think she would have learned some basic things. When Ash snubs her in the Unseelie court, Meghan doesn’t stop to think that maybe he has to act a certain way. I can understand some doubts but her reaction just seemed so pathetic. It wasn’t even written in such a way to make you think that Ash might have been leading her along and you’re reminded often enough that the fey can’t lie (although I think it’s inconsistent in this world).
There’s quite a lot going on and some scenes had loads of potential but everything was resolved a bit too quickly. There’s only so many times a character should be put in mortal peril and be able to get out of it without consequences. The iron fey are such wonderful creations, it seems a bit of a waste to spend the story mooning over unsuitable men. Or making too much deal about one kiss (you really don’t have to be in love to enjoy kissing someone). I would say the ending at least was fitting but there are more books in the series so it can’t be permanent.
On the positive side I loved the character of Ironhorse. He showed such loyalty and a little humour. For a secondary character in a book where the main characters were flat, he is amazing. He was the only character that made me feel emotions.
I know this is a hugely popular series but it’s just not for me. I do however LOVE Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series, so don’t dismiss that if you haven’t enjoyed the Iron Fey series either. At least I can clear some books off the TBR now.