Reivew: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

October 25, 2013 3 - 3.5 Stars, Faeries, Fantasy, Julie Kagawa, Male POV 0 ★★★½

The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten # 2
Published by Harlequin Teen on October 29, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Source: ARC, e-book
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.
Note – This review will contain spoilers from The Lost Prince, the first book in the series.
The title of this book, The Iron Traitor, is attention-grabbing, isn’t it?  We’ve got the word, “traitor,” and we’ve got Keirran staring out at us, so…should we assume that he’s the traitor?
Before I even began reading The Iron Traitor, I imagined where the plot could go.  At the end of The Lost Prince, Keirran delcares that he’ll do anything to stop Annwyl from fading away into nothing.  Given faeries’ fondness for striking dangerous bargains, it was easy to believe that Keirran would do something to betray one or more of his family members in order to save Annwyl.  Assuming I was right, how exactly would it happen?
I’m not sure how I feel about a title that (potentially) gives away a major plot point.  It’s fun, in a way, because you have that same feeling that you do while watching a horror movie, when you KNOW something terrible is waiting just around the corner.  That extended scare, and the anticipation that leads to up to it, is usually more satisfying than the sudden, cheap thrill of something scary bursting out onto the screen with no warning.  At the same time, when you think you have knowledge of something shocking that’s about to occur, it can detract a bit from what would otherwise be a majorly jaw-dropping moment.  And folks, we get that jaw-dropper here, spoilery-title or not.  If you’ve read Kagawa’s The Eternity Cure, you know that she’s not afraid to leave readers with a major cliff-hanger.
Everything that you could want from an Iron Fey book, especially the beautiful imagery, is here.  But I don’t feel like the story progressed a great deal beyond The Lost Prince.  Ethan isn’t quite so mopey, which is refreshing, and his relationship with Kenzie continues to be sweet.

And now the wait for the next begins, to see what happens after that shocking ending.

Note – I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Review posted at Goodreads.


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