October 26, 2013

Book Review: THE IRON TRAITOR by Julie Kagawa

Book:  The Iron Traitor (Call of the Forgotten book #2)
Author:  Julie Kagawa
Publisher:  Harlequin TEEN
Category:  Young Adult Fiction

 “He has no idea what this means, what it has started.  Neither of you realize what could happen now….”- Meghan

“I don’t care what the courts say;  I cannot stand by and watch you fade from existence…I will stop this….the price doesn’t matter; I will do whatever it takes…”- Keirran

“You can’t save everyone.  You have to make the decision to let them go.”- Guro


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.


Ethan is finally home.  He left The Nevernever believing he would never have to go back to the place he loathes, the world that stole his sister away from him, one where beings from his nightmares live and thrive.  He hates The Nevernever and everything in it..... Except perhaps his sister Meghan, The Iron Queen and her son, Keirran, the Iron Prince, who has become a friend.

Then the inevitable happens.  Keirran has once again disappeared, leaving Meghan distraught.  Ethan doesn't want to get involved but he couldn't refuse when asked to help by Annwyl, the beautiful exiled fey Keirran left the kingdom for.  She is fading fast and Keirran is desperate for anything to save her.  Anything..... even if it means sacrificing his own life.

Ethan tries to leave Kenzie safe with her family, but his strong willed yet very sick girlfriend follows him back to the other world... Unfortunately she now also has the gift of Sight, which allows her to see what Ethan has been seeing since he was a small boy, the fey.

The three find Keirran and eventually find a way to temporarily halt The Fade on Annwyl with the help of Guro, Ethan's (Filipino martial art) Kali master, who happens to believe in magical creatures and is skilled in making amulets of light and dark arts.  But the price for this is very high, a part of Keirran's soul is disappearing along with Annwyl's.  They have to find a solution fast or The Iron Prince will die.


I have had a copy of this book for weeks before I pushed myself to read it.  Why?  It is not that I thought this would disappoint me.  In fact it is the total opposite.  I knew, being a fan of the author, that I would not only be satisfied, I would be devastated.  I knew this would break my heart.  I was right.

I have always said that Julie Kagawa is amazing.  From the author's very first book The Iron King, she has immersed me in the world of the fey, so much so, that years later, I am still enthralled with the story of Meghan, Ash and Puck.  I have never let go of this world, and The Iron Traitor is just another reason for me to continue living in it.

The twists and turns in this book are unpredictable, shocking and even deadly.  The very end made me stop breathing and shout at nothing.  There is now a void that can only be filled once I get the 3rd and supposed conclusion of this story next year.

What made this book extra special is the presence of my beloved Iron Fey.  Meghan, Puck and (my forever crush) Ash.  Any story involving Ethan, Keirran and The Nevernever can not possibly be complete without the three and once again my need for the them is temporarily sated by the author's inclusion in this book.

Keirran.... what can I say? He is what I expected him to be based on his father's love and loyalty to his mother.  The apple does not fall far from the tree.  However, Ash, for all his faults and failings, never made me hate him.  Keirran is imperfect, yet he is the most powerful fey who is predicted to destroy their world; Powerful but also weak. There is a quote that says "the sins of the father shall be visited upon the son a thousand times" and that holds here.  But who is truly at fault? The one who unknowingly began or the one who willingly ends?

As for Ethan.... I admire his strength of character and loyalty to those he loves.  The depth of his hate for Ash just shows the opposite of his love for Meghan and her son.  But at what cost?

A special mention for Guro which means teacher or instructor in Filipino. He, who helped Ethan become a hero and is instrumental for Keirran losing his soul.

Ahhhhh.... so much to say but I'm afraid I have to stop for letting you know more of the story would be an injustice to the author and the wonderful book she has written. 

Just know that Julie Kagawa has done it.........AGAIN.

An advice to those who want to read this series.  Begin with The Iron king (The Iron Fey series). But get the complete set on the get go, because once you start, you wouldn't want to stop.

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All photos have been lifted from the Author's site.

1 comment:

  1. Great review!!! :D

    I like Julie Kagawa's work so far I've read the Lost Prince and I feel like continuing it .. I must read my Iron Traitor soon!! thank you for your review I'm getting excited :D