Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy
Publication Date: October 29th 2013
Series: Call Of the Forgotten #2
Format: Kindle ARC
Source: Provided by Netgalley for review
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.
After reading Iron's Prophecy about Meghan and Ash's son Keirran I was absolutely afraid to read this book. I have falen in love with this series and each story has gotten more intense and nerve wracking. Full of pulse pounding action and drama The Iron Traitor will keep you on the edge of your seat and I have a feeling the action is just getting started.
After the last book when the forgotten Fey started running amok Ethan Chase was determined to live a normal life and stay the hell out of the faery world. All he wanted was to date Mackenzie and try to do the boyfriend thing while finishing school. He doesn't get his wish though because his Uncle Kierran is missing and his estranged sister Meghan, Queen of the Iron realm recruits his help trying to find him. He gets sucked right back into this world he can't seem to get away from and his journey to find the Iron prince is a test of his character. I love getting to experience a whole new side of this faery world Kagawa has created through Ethan's eyes. He isn't as loving of this hidden world as his sister was/is after his childhood nightmare of being kidnapped by the fey has left him with scars. The story is much more intense this time around because there is a prophecy looming over Ethan's head he knows nothing about that involves Keirran. Everyone is trying to find the prince in order to prevent the premonition from happening. Keirran is on a mission to save the woman he loves who just so happens to be an exiled faery. Annwyl is slowly fading away to nothing because when a feary is banished with no home tying them to the fey world they slowly become forgotten until there is nothing left. Keirran is the catalyst of the entire story and is a loose cannon because of his intense love for this fading feary.
I loved Keirran in the previous book but he really tested my patience with him in this one. I could understand his devotion to the Annwyl but the lengths he goes to in order to prevent her from fading away broke my heart. The more desperate he gets the more darkness seems to invade his heart and I worry he won't be able to come back from it. I felt helpless watching Ethan be unable to stop helping him even though he knew the things they were doing would change the entire faery world permanently. Despite the fact that he puts up this tough guy persona Ethan Chase is one big sweetheart. Watching his feelings develop for Mackenzie while simultaneously fighting to save his family was adorable. His internal struggle to accept the fact that she burrowed into his heart was what makes his character one of my favorites. The farther I got into the story and the prophecy that is hanging over the characters didn't happen the more I began to get comfortable that Kagawa wasn't going to hurt me like that. Until I got to the end! This was probably one of the BEST, WORST cliffhangers I have ever read in a book. I was stunned to silence because I had hoped against all hope that this particular thing wouldn't come to pass. The good news is, there will be another book. The bad news is, we have to wait a freaking YEAR to find out what happens! UGH!
Needless to say I enjoyed this book immensely. Kagawa's beautifully descriptive scenery and interesting and fun characters grabs your attention and doesn't let go until the final scene. I loved getting to go back into the Never Never with this group of characters and seeing my favorites return even if only briefly. I absolutely love books about faeries with Kagawa's being my favorite series about these mysterious creatures. The Iron Traitor was intense, dramatic and nerve wracking with every chapter. There was so much going on in this book it was hard to put it down. For fans of the series I think Kagawa hit another home run.
I'd never felt anything like this before: these crazy, swirling emotions, all centered around the girl in my arms. Kenzie scared me, infuriated me, challenged me, and faeries or no, I couldn't imagine a world without this girl. I loved her more than anything else in life. My heart turned over, and the air caught in my throat. I pulled back, breathless with the realization I...was in love. With Kenzie. ARC 56%
"That's it, Kierran! No more help, no more bargains, no more agreeing to kill ancient spirits! We're done! I don't know you, you don't know me and you sure as hell don't know Kenzie. I don't care what you do now, but you are a fucking train wreck. And I'm done watching everything around you go up in flames, do you hear me?" ARC 94%
About The Author:
Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel. When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job. To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full time. Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyper-active Papillon.