Title: The Iron Traitor
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten
Book #: 2
Reading Level: YA
Goodreads Rating: 4.28
Published: Oct. 29th, 2013
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.
This book was a game changer, for the entire Iron Fey series. It has the basic formula we have come to love from the Iron Fey series, a quest, danger everywhere, lots of action, and complicated decisions, but the ending sets it apart from every other before it. I have no idea what is to happen in the future of the series, I have no idea and I love it.
"...I had plenty of other peoblems to dwell on. How to find Keirran. How to keep Annwyl from Fading. How to keep Mackenzie safe, again, while venturing into a goblin market full of taboo items and shady faeries"
Ethan Chase, Meghan's little brother, is the star of this series, much to his constant misery. He has spent most of his life trying to hide from the faeries, but it seems they find him every single time. SO now instead of hiding he intends to face them head on, by going into the depths of a Goblin market to find his weirdly nephew Keirran who went missing. Kenzie is as sick as ever, but she won't give up an adventure with Ethan, and what seems may be one of her last opportunities ever to embark in an unprecedented adventure. Together her, Ethan, and Annwyl set upon their quest, not even thinking that by the end of it they would quite possibly change the fate of both their worlds forever.
The Iron Traitor didn't feel like a bridge book at all because it stands on it's own, but as every book in a series it sort of is. We get to see a lot of old faces in this book, Ash, much to my delight, makes an appearance or two, as well as Meghan, Puck, and many others. Every time Ash was on the page this was me:
I liked the constant danger and action, though I am coming to realize I really do dislike Keirran. In one hand I understand him, and if he wasn't such a brat I might even want to help him, but seriously he is such a brat.
The ending left me like this:
I like to think The Iron Traitor is the beginning of something bigger. With the ending it had it leaves a lot of possibilities open, a lot of great possibilities. Cliffhangers man, they kill me. I cannot wait for the third book to come out and see what is actually going to happen. Will we have full on war inside the faery realm? Will there be conflict with the outside world? Is Kagawa going to change the world of Fey forever? Dear god I hope so.
*ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Quotes subject to change.