Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2)
Published: October 29th 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Categories: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
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Summary: 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.
Review: Why, the ending had me all surprised but at the same time not really. I mean with the title and the cover being clues of things to expect but still, half of it still caught me off guard. The fascinating thing though is I liked this book better than first. Why fascinating you ask? I’m madly in love with predecessor series that it was difficult for me to enjoy the book sans (or little) the original cast. That said Ethan and Keirran have managed to ease my little disappointment over the first book and brilliantly elevated the series much to my joy.
I’m more connected with Ethan this time. I feel his agony and confusion over the things that has happening to him. I mean, unlike Meghan he’s 100% human. He doesn’t have magical tricks on his sleeves to help him out when the going gets tough. But I commend this boy for still facing those problems. He and Meghan’s bond as a sibling is one also of the things I liked about the story. Meghan cares for him and that didn’t waver all this time. Even he’s all grown up, her worries over his safety is still there. Especially Meghan knows the impending event that will happen between him and her son, Keirran. In the first book (and the novella prior to it) revealed the prophecy surrounds the two. And it looks like things are starting to fall into place. And no matter how they tried stopping it, things are beginning to happen.
I have conflicting feelings towards Keirran, sometimes I liked him sometimes I don’t (but most of the time I don’t). And with that ending I wanted to kick him to the pits and the darkest part of Never Never for doing such thing to Ethan. I don’t fully understand him and his intentions: if he’s doing it to for all fey or just to save his girlfriend. In the story, the fey is encountering their biggest problem: fading. With humanity’s evolution, the fear and beliefs of human has changed which greatly affects the existence of the fey. The reason why Keirran is gone missing for the first part of the story is he’s been looking for the solution for the problem. When they finally found out what it was, Ethan didn’t like it just one bit. This will bring chaos to mankind and seeing he firsthand experience this he doesn’t want it to happen to anyone. And so can I blame him for rejecting the solution that will risk not only his life but the entire humanity? So that’s why I care more for Ethan than his nephew.
I miss Meghan. They are still here, I feel like they all grown up—wiser this time. And now they’re calling the shots. But even when she was just the lost and vulnerable teenage girl looking for her brother, she still has this strong aura. Even if the things were against them she managed to win her difficult battles and with scar no less. Sadly, Kenzie and Anwyl are too much of a damsel in distress to me. They are weak compare to Meghan. They do also try to help the boys out. But it wasn’t working, they’re weighing them down and I think they are crafted as love interest to the boys and serve no other purpose. Well, that’s just me but I still didn’t connect to them. I’m not expecting anything from them anyway, so I guess they should remain on the sidelines and do what they can. It is perfectly clear that this is Ethan and Keirran’s journey.
The Iron Traitor’s every nook and corner will surprise you. Just like the other books from the series this is jam-packed with action, magic and humor (greatly thanks to reappearance of my fave character: Puck—how I miss thee!). I would have added romance then again I didn’t like girls. But the other awesomeness make up (like big time) for lack of romance that is viable to my taste. Enjoy when it is out good peeps!
I received an Advance Copy from Harlequin Teen via Netgalley. Thank you.
Preview Quote: “They were controlling my life in a way. I was so concerned about what they do to others, I’d let myself become someone I hated. Someone I really didn’t want to be. ” — Ethan (from Uncorrected Digital Galley)