The Iron Traitor (Review)

Book cover for "The Iron Traitor" by Julie Kagawa.Title: The Iron Traitor

Author: Julie Kagawa

Publication Year: 2013

Pages: 352

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

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.

(This is the second book in the Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series, which follows the Iron Fey series; it comes in chronological order after The Iron King, Winter’s Passage (novella), The Iron DaughterThe Iron QueenSummer’s Crossing (novella), The Iron Knight, Iron’s Prophecy (novella), and The Lost Prince.)

By the time I got to this book, I found that I was enjoying the character of Ethan and Kierran more than I had been in the beginning. Maybe it’s because they were fleshed out a bit more, and their motivations and actions became more clear and thought out.

I also liked the addition of the “new” (old) fae, the Forgotten. It was a nice little bit of balance, something to play opposites with the iron fae that have just recently come into being in the world of the series.

Kierran definitely made me angry in this book, but I think that’s what I’m supposed to be feeling. By the time the end of The Iron Traitor came around, I was ready to take him out my own damn self. But I still have hope that, when the final book of the series comes out (soon, I hope!), everything will sort itself out. Or, at least, enough for me to feel like the ending was enjoyable.


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