This review is a joint one for The Iron Daughter and The Iron Queen because I disliked the second book of the series and didn’t want to turn its review into a rant. And I just couldn’t find anything positive to say about it, except that it got me interested with its turns and twists. When I think of it, I can barely remember the plot, although it has been just over one week that I read it and my memory is splendid.
Starting with the weak points of these two books, I admit that The Iron Queen partially resolved the main problem I have with The Iron Daughter, which is Characters.
The characters don’t evolve in the second book in any way, and it is evident how the action and adventure drown whatever chance the characters have for their development. There is simply no space and time for their personalities to appear. Instead I see pieces of cardboard performing their moves: Megan stubborn and infatuated, Puck devoted and funny, Ash gorgeous and icy, Grimalkin all-knowing and mysterious. There is no change or variation in them whatsoever, or at least a snippet of history to show them as living creatures instead of a limited number of character traits.
In The Iron Queen the characters start moving out of their shells a bit. They tell about their wounds, their past, but not sufficiently to deepen their relationship. It is as if they just acquire a new trait: Megan confident, Puck jealous, Ash devoted, and Grimalkin… well, as Grimalkin usually is. Puck is the most interesting character in my view, showing a variety of feelings, although I still cannot understand what made him, a centuries old fey, to fall for Meghan. I see nothing about her that could make two sexy fey swoon over her. Neither I can understand what it was that made Ash fall in love with Megan and turn him from an indifferent bastard into a super-devoted Knight. A change is too sudden and drastic, and I don’t believe it.
Another problem that I have with the series is language. The writing is full of cliches and I just can’t understand why all of them constantly “murmur” and “mutter.” Why “said” is so underrated?
The world building has a lot of potential. By the end of the third book I became very interested in the Fey world itself, I wanted to know how Megan would use her power, how would her life be, as an Iron Queen.
The strongest point of the series is the adventure part. I could predict what was going to happen in the book, but I was still curious about how it would happen. It was the sole thing that kept me going. And oh yes, it was also my soft spot for icy, emotionally-unavailable males melting in full view.
I guess that’s why I’ve ordered The Iron Knight and I am even looking forward to read it!