Friday, 29 November 2013

Review: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa


Title: The Iron Traitor
Author: Julie Kagawa
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Genre: Young Adult
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 1st November 2013

Tell Me About It
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.

My Thoughts
I am a huge fan of The Iron Fey series and I was ridiculously excited to be able to have a copy of The Iron Traitor in my hands, and while I actually finished reading The Iron Traitor a few weeks ago, this was the first available spot for me to tell you about it.

The Iron Traitor picks up directly after the events of The Iron Prince, and things are not looking good for Kenzie and Ethan. Both of them are in trouble for disappearing without any warning or telling the parents where they went, an excuse is quickly given, but this does not stop Kenzie ending up in hospital, or Ethan forbidden to see her.
The Iron Traitor has a fast paced plot, and soon enough Ethan and Kenzie find themselves back in the Nevernever looking for Kierran and a way to help Annwyl. Not once did I have time to catch my breath, but the fast pace only makes it more desperate and that this quest they are on is a real life or death quest with no time to dawdle or sight see.

The Iron Traitor brings up back in touch with some old faces from the series and I enjoyed getting to see Meghan and Ash, even if it was only a small glimpse at them. Razor is accompanying Ethan and his companions and I forgot how much I loved him, gremlin or not. Throughout the journey Ethan has to make a lot of tough decisions and when we see the true extent of one of them my heart broke, but when a hidden part of this sacrifice was revealed I was shocked, and then left speechless and annoyed as it ended there, right on a cliff hanger without us knowing what would happen next.
We get to see different sides to Keirran, and see how far he will actually go in order to protect the person who he loves, nothing is too much for him. Ethan also has a wake up call an gets to evaluate his own feelings for Kenzie, and while he initially makes decisions for her, he is soon brought back to the reality of what is going to happen, whether he wants it or not, ad is basically left with no choice or option in the situation.

The Iron Traitor was just as gripping and enthralling as The Iron Prince, and I had forgotten how easy you are drawn into this world Julie Kagawa has created and how hard it is to come back out to the real world. Reading not only this book, but also the whole series, is like returning to old friends each time you pick up a new edition, or re-read a book. Its easy to become invested in each characters outcome, cheer when an old favourite makes an appearance, and really really want to punch them in the face when they are being an ass. I am desperate to read the next instalment now, I really don't want to wait months.

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