The Iron Traitor

The Iron Traitor

Book rating: 03 Paperback Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten

By (author) Julie Kagawa

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  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen
  • Format: Paperback | 348 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 211mm x 28mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 29 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Don Mills
  • ISBN 10: 0373210914
  • ISBN 13: 9780373210916
  • Edition statement: Original.
  • Sales rank: 22,761

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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. Don't miss the first book in Julie Kagawa's highly anticipated new series, TALON, AVAILABLE OCTOBER 28, 2014

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Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate. Julie now lives is Louisville, KY with her husband and furkids. She is the international and NYT bestselling author of The Iron Fey series. Visit her at juliekagawa.com.

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By Diane Lynch 10 Feb 2014 4

Ethan Chase and Kenzie just return home from Faery and need to face the consequences of leaving the mortal realm without telling anyone. Ethan is happy to be home and not planning on ever going back to Faery. However, that doesn�???�??�?�¢??t last long, Ethan�???�??�?�¢??s nephew, Keirran, goes missing and he needs to return in order to find him before Keirran does something they will all regret.

Julie Kagawa once again did a great job with this series. I got the impression that a lot of the details in this book are going to be important in book three.

Kagawa�???�??�?�¢??s character development is exceptional. The individuals are all diverse. It is easy to distinguish between characters when reading the dialog.

I feel bad for poor Ethan, who keeps getting wrapped up in the drama of Faery. The poor kid can�???�??�?�¢??t get a break. Thanks goodness he has Kenzie to rely on, whether he wants her help or not.

The Iron Traitor ends hanger right up there with Han Solo being frozen in carbonite in Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back. I cannot wait to read what happens in the next book, The Traitor Son.

ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

By Sarah Elizabeth 17 Oct 2013 3

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Call of the Forgotten’ series.
Ethan Chase is still in the dog house with his parents after his last trip to the Nevernever, but it doesn’t look like he’s going to be home for long.
This time his nephew Kierran, who his parents don’t even know exists, has gone missing, and Meghan asks for Ethan’s help in finding him.
Kierran is on a mission though – to stop his exiled girlfriend Annwyn from fading, no matter what the cost.
Can Ethan find Kierran? And just how far will Kierran go to save Annwyn?


This was an enjoyable story, but I did find it quite slow in places.

Ethan was once again extremely mature for his age in this book. He knew what he had to do, and invariably tried to do it, whilst always taking into consideration the cost of his actions, and whether the price was too high.

The storyline in this was okay, and I enjoyed it mostly, but I found the pace to be really slow in places. At times it felt like I had been reading, and reading, and reading and very little had actually happened, and the end still seemed very far away. I think this is just the author’s style of writing, as I found this to be the case with her other books, but it does still irritate me at times.

There were other things that irked me about this book unfortunately as well. Ethan offering something that he has no idea about, to a desperate man, in an effort to deter him from taking an option that has a sure fire result – especially when the chances of it working were pretty lame. I thought this was just poor, and a pretty rubbish thing for Ethan to do.
Then we had a scene where Ethan and Kenzie both had to barter secrets for information, and boy were their secrets pathetic. If I had been the faerie doing the bartering there is no way I’d have given them any information for the lousy, barely-even-a-freaking-secret information that they offered him in return.
It also really annoys me how they are all quite happy to go around eating faerie food in this book. A lot of books about Faeries follow the old rule of ‘don’t eat faerie food, because you’ll never be able to eat normal food again’, but in this they were quite happily eating all sorts of weird stuff, which just annoyed me a bit.
There were also other things that irked me, but I can’t really go into them without dropping spoilers, so I’ll leave it there, but there were just little things that seemed poorly thought out, or just silly, which spoiled my enjoyment of the story.

The ending to this was a giant cliff-hanger. It was an absolute whopper of a cliff-hanger in fact, to the point where I’d say that it might be best to wait and read this book when the third one has already been released, because this ending was just ridiculous.
Overall; an okay second instalment, but it had its issues for me.
6.5 out of 10.

By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 09 Oct 2013 4

Hallelujah. How about a trifecta? 1. An Amazing sequel 2. She actually reminded me the highlight from the first book so I am not stumbling around lost for 1/3 of the book until I remember 3. Holy wow. Characters, romance and action. So a triple trifecta? Anyways, I just wanted to use that word because its awesome just like this book.
I loved being in Ethan's head, and he was the same awesome hero that I remembered from the first book, except he is breaking down some of his walls and letting in Kenzie. Who, by the way, is still fiesty and a girl that I love to read about.
Julie Kagawa has this way with words, she is a remarkable storyteller, and she makes me delve into her world, her characters until I am flipping pages way past my bedtime and can't keep my eyes open, but I still want to read just a little more, than even more.
And of course, I just love being reminded of Ash, so I mean, if he is in it, or even mentioned, then that is something else big going in its favor for me. Because I love me some Ethan, but yum... Ash. Yeah... Um. Moving on.
But really, speaking of old characters, we get a peek at quite a few of them, and it is always fun when they pop in. You know you are in trouble, and need help, and so it comes. But I love the interconnectedness of it all.
Kierran reminds me so much of Ash, but he has his own personality quirks and Kagawa crafts him to mirror the best and strongest traits of both of his parents without it feeling like a book series on repeat. We get Ethan's unique perspective and their blossoming friendship, trust and family bonds.
The politics and actions both in this book and other books are really coming to a head, and the suspense and tension in the air is palpable in dealing with the courts. There is the delicious rivalry, but also driving need for the Fae to continue to exist, which I sense will require even more inter-court cooperation.
The ending really picks up on the action and I couldn't look away from the dangerous situations they got themselves into for the people they love. We also see a lot of emotional struggling, figuring how far is too far to go to save the person you love, or to help your friends and family. We see a lot of darkness, but it is hard because it is all from a really good place in their hearts with their motives.
And holy cliffhanger. Yeah. Be prepared. It sucks, and will continue to do so until book 3 is in our hands.

Bottom Line: Romance, action, suspense and sacrifice!

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."..Readers won't want it to end." -Kirkus Reviews