Monday, October 28, 2013

Review: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #2) by Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Publication date: November 1st, 2013
Number of pages: 304 pgs
Format: Paperback ARC
Purchase: Amazon | The Book Depository | Bookworld Australia

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

The Iron Traitor is one of those books where you you have a feeling where it's gonna end, especially given a preview we were given in the Iron Prophecy, so that must come back at some point. It was all a matter of when exactly, and which finally gets addressed in this installment.

In the followup to The Lost Prince, we follow Ethan and Kierran's journey into their personal developments. For Ethan, he has some trouble when Kenzie's father discovers the two of them are dating and he does not approve. Not to mention given her condition and how she disappears at random without much of an explanation. What could she tell him? That she has been to the NeverNever? Yeah, that would go over well, right?
With Kierran, he is on a different kind of adventure, as he tries to find a way to free the girl he loves from possibly fading from existence, which gets stronger after each passing day.

Soon enough, the two boys find their lives entwining once again, and the outcome may not be what either of them expected nor want.
This was not the most exciting of installments, but it was enjoyable all the same. The end though? I fell flat on my face. One of the biggest cliffhangers in this entire series (and that includes Meghan's series) and I can't even see how it's gonna go on from here on out. One hell of a way to end a book, Julie.

I always enjoy the friendship between the boys, even if it's not the easiest one. And then we have the romantic aspects to the series. I really adored Kenzie. I feel she is coming into her own after each book I read, and the relationship she and Ethan have just warms my heart.
But it's Kierran's relationship that is the most tragic. That is the one that most resembles the relationship that was between Meghan and Ash in the previous books. Maybe it's the whole forbidden thing that makes it so tragic because you can't see how these two people could be together even though it's the only thing they want in the world.

Thanks to Harlequin Australia for giving me this opportunity to review this for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

1 comment:

  1. Great review Jen! I only read the first book in this series but hopefully soon I'll catch up with everyone else!