Rating: 4.5 Hearts
I really love the world Julie Kagawa has created in “The Iron Fey” series. I think it’s clever, well-rounded, romantic, exciting, and very dark and dangerous. “The Iron Traitor” is no exception. I liked this edition better than it’s predecessor “The Lost Prince”, partly because there wasn’t all the introductory bits at the beginning with getting to know characters and things. You got to dive right into the story.
The number of fun and interesting fae-driven scenes was higher in this book, with locations ranging from a goblin market to the Seelie Court. The conflict was more dire, with faeries fading right and left, and Kierran willing to risk, well everything, to stop that from happening. Things got pretty uncomfortable where Kierran was concerned.
The second half of this book was rather stressful. It became exceedingly difficult to know who to trust, and time was obviously running out. Most of the time you were just waiting for Kierran to snap. There was more magic in this book, aka more opportunities for things to go wrong. I did a happy dance when Grim, and then Puck showed up (followed by Ash, cue even bigger happy dance).
So you get some more time with the faves, which is very smart of Kagawa, because while her new characters are very likeable and interesting, they don’t quite fill the shoes of Meghan, Ash, and Puck (for me at least). So it’s really nice that they can pop in every once in a while.
Ethan and Kenzie’s relationship continues to develop, and they’re cute, although not quite as epic as Meghan and Ash. It’s sweet to see how Kenzie can see through his tough guy routine, and how they can relate well to one another, especially since Ethan’s never had that in anyone before.
WHAT A CLIFFHANGER. SO MUCH STRESS.
So if you are a fan of Kagawa’s work, I highly recommend continuing this series. It’s superbly entertaining. If you aren’t already a fan, pick up her “Iron Fey” series. You won’t regret it.