The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa
The Skinny: 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.. – From Goodreads
BFF?: Back when I reviewed The Lost Prince, I talked about both Ethan and Kenzie. Because I seriously liked them both. And while that hasn’t changed, I feel like my level of liking Ethan might have dropped slightly in this one. I always feel like it’s weird when there’s a male narrator and he’s falling in love. Like seeing into a male’s mind when it comes to love is just… odd. Don’t ask me why. I still enjoyed reading Ethan’s voice and felt that it’s only gotten stronger, but all the love stuff was just slight weird and mushy to me. Hopefully you don’t feel the same about that.
Kenzie… well, I still like her a lot. I liked that I got to see a little more of her and how she’s dealing with not only her illness but her family. Still excited to see where her character goes and how she continues to deal with Ethan.
Readability: Again, totally awesome. Cannot resist one of Julie Kagawa’s books!
Crush Level: 7
My heart still belongs to Ash… but… um, like father like son? Not going to lie – Kierran is a nice substitute for when Ash isn’t around. However, unlike his father, his picture on the cover leaves something to be desired. Why does he have to look all scary?
Giant Worm Monster Highlight to the left to see this – spoilery but awesome
This aspect was GREAT. I mean, kind of weird, but GREAT. It was epic and thrilling and OMG ASH SHOWS UP!!! Another spoiler not spoiler you can highlight. And yet another thing that reminded me of a big bad in Zelda!
As you can tell by the title this book features a traitor. Let me just say, you kind of see it coming but then you don’t see it coming so when it happens… sighhhhhh…. why Julie Kagawa?! Whhhhyyyyy????
Commencement Speech: Guys, I’m totally in love with this series. Not just the Call of the Forgotten series, but anything and everything that is written in this world. I’m not really a fan of book series that just don’t know when to quit (coughcityofbonescough) but this one is going to be the exception to that rule. I wrote in my review of The Lost Prince that this series is a comfort – it’s like returning home. You know, if your home was filled with vindictive faeries and terrors. The Iron Traitor though broke through a little of that comfort and went a little darker. Not super dark, but as the name suggests, there is deception and lies going on. There’s a traitor. There’s… well, darkness. But, like the rest of the Kagawa’s books, this one is filled with wit and humor to help lighten the darkness. Overall, great addition to this series and I cannot WAIT until the next chapter!
Yearbook Quote: None! ARC!
Superlatives – Most likely to make you look twice at your co-workers
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