Friday, October 25, 2013

Review: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #2)
The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa
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


Publishes in US: October 29th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Source: Harlequin
Series? Yes.
The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1)
my review HERE
Untitled (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #3)
Expected publication: 2014 by Harlequin Teen

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Iron Fey Site

    Hallelujah. How about a trifecta? 1. An Amazing sequel 2. She actually reminded me the highlight from the first book so I am not stumbling around lost for 1/3 of the book until I remember 3. Holy wow. Characters, romance and action. So a triple trifecta? Anyways, I just wanted to use that word because its awesome just like this book. 
    I loved being in Ethan's head, and he was the same awesome hero that I remembered from the first book, except he is breaking down some of his walls and letting in Kenzie. Who, by the way, is still fiesty and a girl that I love to read about. 
     Julie Kagawa has this way with words, she is a remarkable storyteller, and she makes me delve into her world, her characters until I am flipping pages way past my bedtime and can't keep my eyes open, but I still want to read just a little more, than even more. 
    And of course, I just love being reminded of Ash, so I mean, if he is in it, or even mentioned, then that is something else big going in its favor for me. Because I love me some Ethan, but yum... Ash.  Yeah... Um. Moving on. 
    But really, speaking of old characters, we get a peek at quite a few of them, and it is always fun when they pop in. You know you are in trouble, and need help, and so it comes. But I love the interconnectedness of it all. 
    Kierran reminds me so much of Ash, but he has his own personality quirks and Kagawa crafts him to mirror the best and strongest traits of both of his parents without it feeling like a book series on repeat. We get Ethan's unique perspective and their blossoming friendship, trust and family bonds. 
    The politics and actions both in this book and other books are really coming to a head, and the suspense and tension in the air is palpable in dealing with the courts. There is the delicious rivalry, but also driving need for the Fae to continue to exist, which I sense will require even more inter-court cooperation. 
    The ending really picks up on the action and I couldn't look away from the dangerous situations they got themselves into for the people they love. We also see a lot of emotional struggling, figuring how far is too far to go to save the person you love, or to help your friends and family. We see a lot of darkness, but it is hard because it is all from a really good place in their hearts with their motives. 
    And holy cliffhanger. Yeah. Be prepared. It sucks, and will  continue to do so until book 3 is in our hands. 
Bottom Line: Romance, action, suspense and sacrifice!

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Would you chose to see a hidden world full of danger but also of power and love?
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  1. Oh no that cliffie sounds horrid

  2. Ahh, cliffhangers! I have a love/hate relationship with them. lol Glad you enjoyed this one.

  3. I've had a soft spot for Ethan right from the start and I totally love all the other characters as well, which makes me very impatient to read this. I AM worried about the cliffhanger, though.
    I'm glad you enjoyed this.

  4. I feel really bad for never having read one of Julie's books. :(

  5. You are right about that ending. UGH! So need that next book now!

  6. Oh I really liked this one, it was a fun book, and what an end! I want the sequel!

  7. I loved this one as well. Kagawa's faerie tales are out of this world! Glad you enjoyed it. ;)

  8. I wish this is what they're adapting into a movie and not some brand new series she's writing.

  9. Gah! This is a series I really need to pick up. It sounds amazing! Great review, Brandi!

  10. I'm thinking for starting this series! The Iron Fey one didn't really work for me, but after reading so many praising review for this one, I'm for sure tempted to give it a try. Thanks for sharing, Brandi!

  11. I'm glad you enjoyed it. <3 You loved it a bit more than I did :) But ohh, that evil ending. Sigh. Cannot wait for book three :)

  12. I hadn't heard of this series until about half an hour before I read this post. It sounds very promising indeed, I'll have to check out the first book :)

    - Wattle @ Whimsical Nature

  13. I'm so glad you loved this one in spite of the cliffie! I've come to accept that Kagawa is always going to give me a fantastic story, then rip the rug out from under me at the end so I'm in for a painful wait. Great review!

  14. I don't think I'd ever want to see a hidden world that is full of danger - it's already quite painful to see what Ethan has to go through - the political tension sounds quite interesting. Can't wait to get my hands on the book :)

  15. I haven't read any of these books, but so glad you enjoyed this, even with the evil cliffhanger…
    Jen @ YA Romantics


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