Review: The Iron Traitor, Julie Kagawa

November 2, 2013 Uncategorized 0 ★★★½

Review: The Iron Traitor, Julie KagawaThe Iron Traitor Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2
on October 29, 2013
Pages: 352
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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 tale takes us back into the Nevernever with Ethan on a search for the young Iron Prince. Rumor has it that Keirran is toeing the line of prophetic danger and Ethan is sought out to find him. The Call of the Forgotten is taking an interesting turn of events and I am not sure where we are going from here.

Ethan was much more likable in this book than he was in The Lost Prince. His relationship with Kenzie has toned down his “tough guy” attitude and he is showing a sincere side to him that brings out his humanity. Kenzie makes Ethan face the tough decisions and answer the tough questions with truth when maybe all this time he has been lying to himself.

I struggle with Keirran as a character and I struggle to care for Ash in the situations that he is present for in this book. Keirran is so incredibly irrational that he is almost as detestable as Bella Swan. Willing to do anything to keep Anwyll alive but willing to give her up? Then give her up and be done with this.

The writing of the action and of the horrors that are the Forgotten are spectacular and akin to what I have come to expect from Julie Kagawa. However, for a lot of this book, I was disappointed with the male characters and I wanted a stronger voice and better dialog for all of them but it just wasn’t the case. But this book has its redemption. At its ending, this book has left me in torment for the next book (or a 2.5, that would suffice) and I am not sure how I will survive knowing that I read this before it even released.

And just because I have nowhere else to say, I miss Meghan. She is the one that put my heart into this world and it is her journey and her life that I have loved following and I miss her. Everyone makes small appearances and Ash’s appearances come with consequence but in the end these brief moments are fleeting and leave me wanting more.


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