Sunday, August 21, 2011

Review: Winters Passage & Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa (Iron Fey series #1.5 & 2)

Overall Impression

Source: Kindle and Library

Challenges: Support your library, once upon a time

Publication Date: June 2010 and August 2010, respectively

Short synopsis (Goodreads): for Iron Daughter- 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 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.

My Review: Winters Passage was a great refresher step between the books for me. It had been a few months since I had finished the first one so this made it easier to get back into the world without being completely lost. Didn’t add a whole lot more depth, except maybe to make it more obvious how much Megan likes Ash and how often he needs to save her, but hey, we’ll see where this goes.

The world that Kagawa creates is engaging enough to keep reading the series. Meghan has her moments of being a force for good as opposed to being just a bystander, but not as many as I would like. I want to see more of her strength of character, and she has potential, but it hasn’t grown as much yet. Maybe in the future books she’ll get stronger. Ash and Puck have to save her butt like every other second and yes, she stands up for getting things done, like going after that thing that was stolen (ha! No spoiler there!) but it’s like, yes, good for that but you’re just kind of extra weight because if something happens you’ll need to be protected and draw effort away from that thing that you are trying to accomplish.

 If she grows stronger and is able to stand up for herself, and it seems she has that desire and is just as frustrated by her inability to do things herself so this actually might happen, I think I could really like to grow her even more as a character. If things get deeper and more complex this could be a really really good series, one of my favorites.

Another point against Megan, love triangles are hard. Meghan doesn’t handle hers well. You know who she likes the best, but she totally leads the other on and that pisses me off a little. Again, still the middle of the series, so I feel I’m judging her a little harshly, but I expect her to be a bit more mature, not waffling all the time back and forth. 


  1. Yeah, some of these love triangles are getting to me. I'm finding I love it now when there is an obvious "relationship" between two people.

  2. If you haven't read the newest one yet it's SO GOOD! I absolutely love this series and I can't wait for Iron Knight :)

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  3. I just wanna say I absolutely LOVE your rating system. Seriously.. mustaches. Epic.

  4. As soon as I finished The Iron Daughter, the very second, I picked up The Iron Queen and it was INCREDIBLE. I think you will (hopefully) like it. I just recently finished The Iron Knight as well. I love this series.



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