ARC Review: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

October 25, 2013 Review 35 ★★★★½

ARC Review: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa
The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa
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Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Source: Publisher
Pages: 368
Release Date: November 1st 2013
Series: Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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 received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Early Warning: This review is going to be all over the place. I literally just finished THE IRON TRAITOR and I have not recovered from the amazingness. And the shock. I am in so much shock. Warning: Capslock freaking out ahead. Ready?


Yeah, another cliffhanger ending. Kagawa is great at those. This one is terrible in the I-have-so-many-feels-I-think-I-might-be-crying-no-this-can’t-be-happening sense and brilliant in that it has left me at a loss for words and desperate for book three. So much pain. It’s going to kill you.

Moving on from the cliffhanger because I can’t just gush about that all day (if you’ve finished please email me or something, I desperately need to freak out about it). THE IRON TRAITOR is a pretty good book. Toward the end we have a great deal of action that’s scary and fun to read. Many of our favourite characters from the first Iron Fey series return for a few scenes to have fun with the new guys, and those moments were some of my favourites to read.

There was also a lot of non-cliffhanger related pain, especially when it came to Kierran. He tore my emotions to pieces. He was so adamant on doing whatever he needed to save his love, no matter the cost to him or others and I can’t talk about this too much more because spoilers. So I’ll just say, when it comes to Kierran

The only real problem I have with this series (and it’s literally the only problem) is that I’m not 100% sold on the romance between Ethan and Kenzie. Romance is less of a focus in this series than it was in the first, which is cool, but yeah. I just don’t love the relationship, but I don’t hate it either. It developed really quickly and now the lovey-dovey romance scenes happen fleetingly every now and then in what can be strange places I think. I don’t know. I just feel meh about it.

Other than the romance issues I kind of have, this was GREAT. THE IRON TRAITOR has left me in so much shock and I’m just going to keep staring at my computer screen in horror as I struggle with the fact I have no one to talk to about this. I can’t wait to see all the other fans reactions when it comes out.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.5

35 Responses to “ARC Review: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa”

    • Bec

      You need to get onto this series. The romance is ok, and it’s the only thing I don’t like. Everything else is AMAZING and GREAT and I LOVE THESE BOOKS SO MUCH.

      Thanks :)

    • Bec

      Aw, thats a shame. The Iron Fey books get better as you get further into the series. And Allie is a very different main character in a very different world to Meghan. Her story has more action :)

  1. Farrah

    I got an ARC of this book and OHMYGOODNESS THAT ENDING RIPPED MY HEART TO PIECES! I literally kept trying to turn the page on my Kindle because I was in denial. When I finally got over that, I almost threw my Kindle across the room because I was an emotional mess of shock, anger, sadness, anxiety, and about 50 other emotions. This series just gets to me and I LOVE it! I think the next book is going to be the last Iron Fey book and I’m so sad about that, but kind of happy that the characters don’t have to deal with another impending apocalypse. I think 2 times is enough :) But, wow, The Iron Traitor was SO epic! I loved it, but also kind of hated it because that cliffhanger may have shattered my world. Julie Kagawa is a master at wringing every bit of emotion out of the reader and she definitely hit that spot on in this book.
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    • Bec

      I was too busy sitting numb, mouth open, staring at it to even think about throwing it. I think the next one will be the last too, which is sad but good. I’d rather it end with a bang than dwindle on forever.

      The great writings and emotional trauma is why Kagawa is one of my auto buy authors

    • Bec

      HOW HAVE YOU NOT READ ANYTHING BY JULIE KAGAWA YET??? She’s such a good author. Each book is better than the last. The romances in her other books are better than this one. You need to read them, my gosh.


  2. Becca @ Nawanda Files

    Lol! When I finished this I was in major shock too, only I was on a plane and I just closed the book and sat there with my mouth hanging open. I reread the end to see if I missed something, if it truly happened. Craziness, right? I agree that the downside was the romance. I liked it a lot better in The Lost Prince, but in The Iron Traitor it seemed to be more of a hindrance to Ethan’s journey. So yeah, I was not a fan of Kenzie and Ethan in this book too.
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    • Bec

      I reread the last line about 10 times before I closed my Kindle app. I had a feeling it was going to end there, but actually reading it is different than thinking about it.

      The romance seemed to be oh-hey-down-time-let’s-make-out sort of thing. There was less of it in THE IRON TRAITOR but when it was happening it seemed out of place.

  3. Janina @ Synchronized Reading

    I completely understand about not completely feeling the romance. I’ve warmed up to it with this book! UGH, that ending was oh em gee NO! I knew it was coming that thing opened her big mouth and start sprouting crap lol Now we all have to wait in agony for the next book :( Great review!
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    • Bec

      I’m hoping it grows on me in the next book, but I’ll probably be too busy freaking out over other things.

      I saw it coming too, (from IRON PROPHECY) and as soon as one new/old character said things I knew this book was going to end there but still had hope it wouldn’t but then it did and SSJAKDJDDSF


    • Bec


      It really is a great series though. You should read it. Soon. So you can experience the pain :)

  4. Aman

    Oh, man! I really need to give this series another try! I wasn’t a fan of The Iron Fey, it didn’t impress me with it;s world like I expected, but after reading all these praising review for this series, I planning on changing my mind. The cliffhanger sounds awful, but I kind of love cliffhanger. They make the book memorable. Thanks for sharing you review, Bec!
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    • Bec

      The series grows on you as the characters develop and grow and make some very hard decisions. I certainly encourage you to try again.

      Cliffhangers, as painful as they are to read, are great. If it leaves you gasping in awe/speechless, and you’re barely resisting throwing the book across the room, the author’s doing something right.

      No worries!

    • Bec

      Romance isn’t really an important part of the story so I’m not too concerned about it. There’s plenty of other stuff going on to distract me.

      Cliffhangers aren’t as fun if you have the next book ready and waiting! There’s just something about the… shock and desperation that you experience better when you don’t have the next book waiting to tell you everything is ok. That’s my thoughts on it anyway. Waiting is the worst part of it.

      I hope you decide to read them!

    • Bec

      The ending is so crazy. I-can’t-believe-the-author-did-that crazy. So good. ANd saakhfksd.

      I was never really a massive fan of the romance in THE LOST PRINCE either. It’s always been just meh for me. It’s not terrible and I don’t mind reading about them, I just don’t love their relationship as much as I loved Meghan & Ash’s.

      I hope you enjoy THE IRON TRAITOR when you get to reading it!

  5. Angie

    I have to be honest… sometimes I am surprised that this series is still going!!! I thought for sure it would be done by now. I haven’t been caught up with it.. but I should. Just like I need to finish the Mortal Instruments too!
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    • Bec

      It’s not technically the same series, more of a spin off. These books follow Ethan, and Meghan’s son Kierran. The old characters make appearances though and that’s fun. They’re really enjoyable, I hope you start them :)

      There’s only one TMI book left and I’m so scared…

  6. Sophia Lin

    I’m currently reading the book! :o
    Fortunate enough for the library to buy 2 ebook copies… or I would be waiting for a few more weeks. Dx
    Though… feel free to gush away if you want to. O_o I’m already 1/2 through at least and might finish in a few days… O_O

    ~Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts
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    • Bec

      Yay! It sounds like you’re enjoying it :D I hope you enjoy the feels and the cliffhanger and all the pain :P

    • Bec

      I don’t know if I’d call a series ending like that brilliant, not with THE IRON TRAITOR. There’s still too many loose ends. But if we had proof that it worked, and everything else was over and done, it would be brilliant because there is no way I’d ever expect it. As a mid series cliffhanger it’s also pretty awesome :D

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