The IRON DAUGHTER by Julie Kagawa (Spoiler Alerts)

The Iron Daughter (Harlequin Teen)TOP SHELF RATING!!

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is a prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey–iron bound faeries 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 Faery 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.

When Meghan and Ash return to the Unseelie Court, her magic doesn’t work and to make matters worse, Ash is giving her the cold-shoulder (pun intended).  Meghan has to walk on thin ice at the Unseelie court to make sure no one (especially Mab, the Unseelie Queen) punishes her or turns her into a frozen sculpture.

Meghan tries to tell Queen Mab about the Iron Fey, she doesn’t believe her.  When the Scepter of th Seasons is stolen, the Winter Fey blame the Summer Fey.  Meghan knows better.  When Ash helps save her from the Winter Fey, making him a traitor to the Queen, they flee with the help of her other friends, to the in between realm.  To stop the impending war between the Seelie and Unseelie, Meghan sets out to retrieve the Scepter from the Iron Fey.  Along the way, she realizes that when she killed the Iron King (in the first book-The Iron King), she acquired his Iron Fey power.

Without giving too much away, I’ll leave it at that.  First of all, one of the things that impressed me most about this book is the growth of Meghan.  The first book, she was overwhelmed by the sudden changes in her life.  However, in this book she takes it all in stride.  Stepping up to the situation.

I love the banter between Puck and Ash.  You never know when they will break out into a fight or help the other to fight against the foe’s standing in their way of acquiring the Scepter.

The love triangle in this book is intriguing.  Puck finally admits his feelings for Meghan and when she gives in to him and allows him to kiss her, I was torn.  I like Puck, believe me I do.  He is witty, mysterious, loyal, smart, etc…  Too much to list, but I really like Ash.  Ash does come back into the picture and gives into his feelings for Meghan after years of closing himself off to the emotion of love.  His first and only love was lost to him many years before.  And Ash blames Puck for the loss.  He tried hard to not allow himself to feel anything for Meghan.  Too late, Meghan has already imbedded herself into his ice, cold heart.

Overall, this book does not fail to deliver a great story.  The Iron Queen has all the elements that are needed to keep a reader involved and intrigued.  Julie Kagawa does it again.  A definite must read!!!