Thursday, January 23, 2014

Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa [Review]

The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #2)4 out of 5 Robots!

The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy
Release: October 29, 2013
Hardcover: 342 Pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
My Copy: Netgalley
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice.

After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as "normal" as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he's forbidden to see her again.

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, "normal" simply isn't to be. For Ethan's nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan's and Keirran's fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan's next choice may decide the fate of them all.
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Shannon's Thoughts:
The Iron Traitor is the second book in the Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series which is a off shoot of the Iron Fey series.  The Iron Fey series focuses on Meaghan Chase and Prince Ash of the Winter Fey.  Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten follows Meaghan's younger brother Ethan and Meaghan and Ash's son Kierran. 

The Iron Traitor is a solid follow up to the first book, The Lost Prince.  Taking place a week or so after Ethan and Kenzie return from the Nevernever, they find themselves soon caught back up in Kierran's drama.  It seems Kierran has gone missing and Ethan and Kenzie go back into the Nevernever to find him. Kierran, meanwhile, is searching for a way to save his love, Annwyl, who is fading away from existence.

 In all honesty, I don't love these characters as much as I loved the original Iron Fey characters, but I do like that we have a male POV.  Ethan, normal angry and prickly, becomes more cuddly this book, tempered by his girlfriend Kenzie and a desire to better himself.  Kierran, however, becomes less sympathetic in his desperate attempts to save Annwyl at any cost.

Actually, this book poses two sides of the same coin.  Both Kierran and Ethan are involved with a dying girl.  But each handles it differently. Kierran will move hell and earth to save Annwyl, even if at the expense of others.  Ethan, on the other hand, seems more willing to let Kenzie live what life she has left and then let her go.

The action is pretty intense, including some really great fight scenes.  A few old characters make a some fun cameos.  And the ending ends on a huge cliffhanger, so be warned.  It is going to make for a long wait to the last book.  This book is pure Julie Kagawa.  If you are a fan of her books, you will definitely want to read this series.

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. The Lost Prince
2. The Iron Traitor
3. Untitled (Expected Publication 2014)

Disclosure: I received a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

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