[Buch] Julie Kagawa: The Iron Daughter / Winternacht
The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey #2) by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Meghan Chase, half-human/half-fey has defeated the Iron King and rescued her brother to take him back home from the Nevernever- a parallel world where fairies are real and she's a princess in Oberon's Summer Court. However, her binding promise to Prince Ash, son of the cruel Winter Queen, forces her to return to the Winter Court as a prisoner. There, Meghan's inherited fairy powers are taken from her and Ash, whom she thought loved her, is absent from court most of the time and when he's there won't acknowledge her. When a group of Iron Fey attack the Winter Court, Meghan and Ash flee the Nevernever and find themselves once more on a near impossible mission. As if that wasn't enough, Ash tells Meghan that Faery law forbids them to ever be together.
Kagawa really won me over with The Iron Daughter. The love, the heartbreak, the thrill and the witty dialogues (Grim, you're the best!) make her series a treat. Yes, it does have some flaws and a couple of mistakes that should've been caught by the reviewers, but I chose to overlook them instead of letting them spoil the overall experience.
The story continues a couple of weeks after The Iron King ended and sets a quick pace. With its surprisingly unpredictable plot line and a couple of really neat twists it's almost impossible to put down. The main characters are nicely crafted and highly likeable each in their own way. I especially enjoy how Meghan is nothing like the typical girl/princess/whatever but stands her ground and gets to save the day (and the boys) more often than not. While the tragic love story is of course a central theme of the whole series, it never feels over the top and you won't have to read through pages of self-pity and suffering. Kagawa's heroes are way too practical and down-to-earth for that.
"Don't leave," I whispered, tightening my hold. "Never leave me again. Stay with me. Forever." The winter prince smiled, a small, easy smile, and lowered his lips to mine. "I promise."- Meghan and Ash
“I would kiss you, cat,” Puck said as we crowded through the doorway, “if we weren’t in such a hurry. Also, the hairballs could be unpleasant.”- Puck