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I Belong

Early Review: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron Traitor

Author: Julie Kagawa

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten (Book 2)

Publication Date: October 29, 2013

Format: Paperback, 342 Pages

ISBN-10: 0373210914 (Harlequin Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0373210916 (Harlequin Teen)

Reviewed by: Michelle


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.

Quick & Dirty: Kagawa will kill you with the romance, action, and dark themed goodness that is The Iron Traitor.

Opening Sentence: My name is Ethan Chase.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Ugh. Julie Kagawa knows how to kill me. The Iron Traitor‘s story line is a lot darker than Meghan’s story. It’s a lot edgier, filled with more anger, angst, and foreboding moments. Kagawa reinvents her world, bringing us back to the Nevernever. She brings us to familiar places, but tells it in a way that’s new. There were many moments that I didn’t recognize the area, but I think that was smart. I was able to fear the unknown of the Nevernever, as it should; rightfully so.

I started reading The Iron Traitor because I was in a little reading slump. But as usual, Kagawa knows how to bring me out of anything. Her stories engage me, always with a mix of action and comedy. Her words know how to bring out emotions, whether they are ones of happiness and ones of anger. Kagawa’s writing seems to get better with every story. She knows how to fine tune her stories not just for herself and her storytelling, but also for her audience. She knows when to make someone cry, make someone fearful of the dark, and when you least expect it, feel so much angst because she just did something you would never expect.

The Iron Traitor begins a little after where The Lost Prince left off. Ethan Chase has proved to us that he is not a young child anymore, and now he has brought himself back into the world of the Fey. This time, it’s not for his sister, but his nephew. Kierran is missing and may do something unthinkable and definitely something he can’t take back. There are rumors that whatever Keirran is planning to do, it will cause a rift between the human and the fae worlds, creating much chaos and havoc. Ethan is one of the only ones who can help Kierran, but will he be able to save Kierran as well as save himself?

Without saying much right now, Ethan Chase is put into many scenarios that tests his loyalty, his character, and his heart. It’s great to see him grow up into this young man. His voice is realistic, it’s surreal. I feel like that through Kagawa’s writing, he is a tangible person. In this world filled with fae, magic, and the unknown, Ethan stands out as the hero to love. His walk between good and evil is exhilarating.

Kagawa’s supporting characters in The Iron Traitor makes waves. They want more than a supporting role, and it’s refreshing to see. Kierran has surprised me so much in this book. I didn’t think that much of him in the previous book, but he wasn’t put into the spotlight until this book, at least in my opinion. I was actually able to see Kierran as a tangible person, flaws and all. I saw his vulnerabilities and strengths, and it was an amazing thing to read.

Kagawa is an evil literary genius. The Nevernever has grown into a wonderful setting, coming to life just like another character. I loved how Kagawa erased all rules of the world of fae and invented her own. I read so many amazing details, it’s killing me not being able to spoil you all.

As usual Kagawa’s writing is impeccable. I adore her and especially loved reading The Iron Traitor. This is definitely going to be a story to remember for fall.

Notable Scene:

Keeping myself between Kenzie and the entrance, I slowly turned the knob until it clicked, then flung the door back.

There was a girl sitting on my bed. A lithe, beautiful girl in a green-and-white dress, long chestnut hair tumbling down her back. The tips of her slender, pointed ears peeked up through the shining waves, and her large moss-green eyes regarded me solemnly.

“Annwyl,” I breathed as Kenzie quickly stepped through the door and closed it behind us. Seeing the Summer faery caused a flood of apprehension to surge up with a vengeance. There was only one reason she could be here, one reason she could come. “What are you doing here? What’s happened to Kierran?”

The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten:

1. The Lost Prince

2. The Iron Traitor

FTC Advisory: HarlequinTeen provided me with a copy of The Iron Traitor.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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