Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
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.
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?
THAT ENDING OMG SO MUCH PAIN AND FEELS AND SHOCK AND I HAD A HORRIBLE FEELING IT WOULD END THERE AND HOPED IT WOULDN”T BUT IT DID AND I JUST CAN”T THIS IS BRILLIANT AND HORRIBLE AND OMG HOW COULD JULIE KAGAWA DO THIS TO US AND I JUST CAN”T YOU CAN”T I CAN”T WHY
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.