by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2
Published by Harlequin Teen Release date : October 29th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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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 Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
After my disappointment with The Lost Prince, I was hoping that The Iron Traitor would pull me from the minority boat and my fey funk. I just wasn’t a fan of Ethan. He was a jackass, selfish and really frustrating in the previous book. But, this amazing world of the Nevernever is one of my favorites so I couldn’t NOT read it. I am happy to say that it was worth the wait and I was not disappointed.
Ethan and Kenzie are back home from the Nevernever and Ethan is desperate to put it all behind him and resume his “normal” life. Of course, this is all wishful thinking. He IS the Iron Prince, after all. After a visit from Meghan about Keirran’s disappearance, and one from Annwyl as well, Ethan ventures back into the land of Fey to find him. They learn that Keirran is determined to save Annwyl, now that she is fading and is going to great lengths to stay hidden. Joining the quest for a “cure” (or ANYTHING, really) Ethan and Kenize, along with Annwyl, join Keirran. And Keirran proves he would do anything to save Annwyl….
This is one of my favorite worlds to escape into. All these books take us on a journey into the terrifying and beautiful world of the Nevernnever. I am always on my toes, anticipating what’s to come and I am always amazed and in awe by everything that is thrown at us. Julie is an amazing story-teller and her knack for creating such well-rounded characters and some creepy fey blows me away every time. Her writing is detailed, descriptive just.. amazing. Seriously. I could praise her all day. I love how she weaves all the books together and actually, we learn that there are a lot of repercussions from Ash’s journey in The Iron Knight. Oh! There is this little secret revealed too about Annwyl too.
What initially bothered me most about Ethan was how.. cold, angry and bitter he was. In a way, I get it. I understand his fear and hate for the Fey but there were times I was so exasperated. Until now, he never really thought about all that Meghan had went through to save him. Or that maybe there was a reason she never returned. His feelings overrode his logic, which is understandable yet frustrating. He isn’t as bad here though and he did grow on me. He wants to protect his family, Kenzie and all who could get close to him. He is pretty determined to take the burden on the Fey on himself. Honestly though, what really stuck with me was how after he learned about the Oracles Prophecy (or.. parts of it) he still ventured back into the Nevernever and stayed with them to find the cure. That takes some series guts and proves to me, how dedicated and loving he can be. Kenzie too, grew on me. I like how fierce and determined she is.
Keirran. Ya know, I saw a lot of Ash in him. His determination to save and be with Annwyl. He would stop at nothing– and I do mean NOTHING, to save her. Maybe because we know the prophecy but I was scared of Keirran. I was scared for Ethan, for Kenzie and pretty much anyone who would be stupid enough to stand in his way. He changed a lot, especially after a ritual he and Ethan performed. So honestly, as shocking as the ending was, I wasn’t surprised. But I was yelling at my kindle.
My Peeve- It’s not really a “peeve” but WHAT THE HECK is up with the ending?! AHH.
Overall- I really liked this installment. I am so anxious to see what happens next. Bring it.