Book Review: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

Book Review: The Iron Traitor by Julie KagawaThe Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: The Call of the Forgotten #2
Published by Harlequin Teen on October 29, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 304
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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.

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.



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.


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