Book Review: The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2) by Julie Kagawa

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.

Release Date: October 29, 2013
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed By: Kelli

I've been a fan of Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series from the start.  I loved the first two books: The Iron King and The Iron Daughter.  The last two books: The Iron Queen and The Iron Knight were great but not "love" books for me.  I missed Meghan as a narrator and I'm finding that I'm missing Meghan in this spin-off series as well.  I like Ethan as a narrator well enough, as much as I can like a male narrator, but I really miss Meghan.  It's impossible for me to not compare the two series, and this series is great but just not as good as the original series for me. 

What sets Julie Kagawa's books apart is the imagery.  Her descriptive prose is outstanding, and she excels in making me feel like I'm living in the story right beside her characters.  Some of my favorite characters are back: Grimalkin and Puck.  I love both of them and think they add a lot of humor and interest to the story.

I feel like The Iron Traitor was a little bit transitional.  It set up a new storyline, which I hope will be developed more during the next books in the series.  I'm interested in the direction of the story, but all of the setting up that happened in this book made for a slower read.  The Iron Traitor just didn't 'grab me' like Julie's other books have.  

I was surprised at how Kagawa ended this book.  To say she ended it with a cliffhanger would be putting it mildly.  I excited to see where she takes the story next.  If you haven't read Julie Kagawa yet, I highly recommend her for fans of fantasy.   


1 comment:

  1. I've been meaning to read this for awhile but keep forgetting about it. I'm intrigued by your mention of a cliffhanger. What could possibly happen?


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