Synopsis from Goodreads:
Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.
That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.
Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.
HOW excited was I to find out there was another chapter in the Iron Fey series???
Yep! Pretty dang excited! I fell ass over elbows for Meghan, Ash and Puck throughout the first 4 books and the Novellas. When I discovered there would be a new chapter in this world I almost came unglued! Thanks to Netgalley I was approved for an ARC of this book. I finished it in less than 24 hours it was that good! Not only is it a spin-off of the other books but it features Meghan's brother ETHAN! It starts off with Ethan as a teen in high school desperately trying to be normal after his ordeal in the Fey realm. He meets up with a half Fey named Todd who can't help but dabble in making bargains with the fey to prank his high school bullies. Poor Ethan gets roped into helping him and the adventure begins!
Needless to say Todd gets apprehended by a new type of Fey no one has heard of. Mackenzie, One of the popular girls at school follows Ethan on the day he is chased into the NeverNever and ends up right alongside him in the fight to find Todd. They fall right into the hands of everyones favorite cait sith Grimalkin!!! I love this cat! He talks, he rolls his eyes and he takes his sweet ass time when he answers your questions! I usually hate cats because you have to scoop their crap from a box and dispose of it. I don't like wiping my own ass much less a cat but Grim requires no maintenance!
Grim explains he is to lead Ethan and Mackenzie to Meghan in the Iron Court upon their arrival. Once there, Ethan is reunited with his long lost sister but he is bitter towards her for abandoning her human family to rule the Iron Kingdom. He informs everyone about the new Fey that are kidnapping half breeds and exiles. Meghan instructs Ethan to stay within the Iron Court so she can protect him but a new Fey boy named Keirran helps them sneak away. I love how reminiscent Keirran and Ethan are to Puck and Ash. It had the feel of the Three Musketeers. Keirran leads everyone to the exile queen Leanansidhe, where they enlist her help in figuring out the newest threat to The fey!
Did anyone else picture Leanansidhe as the evil queen from ONCE UPON A TIME? That is all I could think whenever she would come onto the scene. (BTW Lana Parilla does a fantastic job on that show!)
Ethan discovers a family secret that made me choke on my gum for gasping in surprise! I felt so bad for Ethan. OMG! He lost his sister, his life was hectic and everyone believed him to be a bad apple. I wanted to wrap my arms around him and tell him everything will be alright! Of course they all get into more trouble than you can shake a stick at and the drama surrounding the trio is Koo Koo! We find out there is more to Keirran than meets the eye, and NO! He isn't an Autobot....
When they find the Queen of these new Fey she wants Keirran on her side and manages to get inside his head a little. Once everything comes out in the wash we are left with plot twists aplenty, somewhat unresolved issues (leading into the next book I'm sure) and an overall sense that what we just read was a beautiful escape from our own crazy ass existence! I enjoyed this book tremendously and once again I am left captivated for the next installment in the series! You have to read this simply because I say so!
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