The Iron Traitor (Call of the Forgotten #2)
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.
Forgive my french, but: GODDAMN, THAT ENDING. I mean, I already knew what was coming, but nothing would have been able to prepare me for how The Iron Traitor just ended. Can you even call that an ending?! Julie Kagawa, you better have some real good tricks up your sleeve for the next novel, because dammit, I refuse to let that ending slide!
Summary: For Ethan Chase, having the Sight is a curse. And after he and Kenzie disappeared into the Nevernever for a week and returned with a lie, all he wants is to ignore the fey and really try to be normal this time. But the fey aren’t the only things that demand his attention. Kierran, the nephew he never knew he had until a week ago, has disappeared with a reckless plan — one that might very well destroy him, as well as the Nevernver. Ethan has vowed never to get swept up in the dealings of the fey, but Kierran is family, and Ethan is not one to let his relatives get hurt alone. We all know this can only end in disaster…
The world of the fey was completely new to me when I read The Lost Prince, the first book of this all-new series. And even though this is supposed to be a spin-off from The Iron Fey books, I had absolutely no trouble at all getting swept up into this unknown world. I definitely had zero problems getting back in rhythm with this book as well, mostly because it picked up right where the prequel ended. The only complaint I have here is that I wanted a bit more recapping to be done, because there were parts where I had to dig deep into my memory to try to recall what had happened in the previous book.
But we all know that Julie Kagawa is a master storyteller, and that certainly shows in The Iron Traitor. We are reacquainted with Ethan and Kenzie, the troublemaking duo who plowed out of Faery only a week before. I adored Ethan’s narration: he’s the perfect blend of a brooding teen with just the right amount of humor to lighten up the mood. I’m not one who appreciates sulking teenagers, but more than once, Ethan made me laugh out loud. Kenzie’s not much different — I found myself constantly admiring her spunk and bravery (or stupidity?). I also appreciated the development of Kierran. We didn’t get to see much of him in The Lost Prince, so it was nice to see his character in a more in-depth light, even if that did reveal some frightening aspects to his personality.
While I enjoyed the characters’ banter and development, I have to say that the romance was a little unbelievable here. I can’t remember feeling the same way in the prequel, but for some unknown reason, there was just something… sappy? over-the-top? unrealistic? In this book, Ethan starts experiencing some stronger feelings for Kenzie. I liked seeing a softer side to his character, but I felt that the change went by a bit too quickly: he went from being a loner to someone who couldn’t live without the love interest. As much as I wanted to ship Kenzie and Ethan, I have to admit that I wasn’t too passionate about their romance.
And now I come to the ending. I must have seen something like that coming, but that didn’t take away my frustration and pain when it actually did happen! Kagawa really does know how to write absolutely torturous cliffhangers — first with The Eternity Cure, and now this. Needless to say, I was not very happy when I realized that the story wouldn’t be continuing. But agonizing endings aside, The Iron Traitor was an action-packed book with lovable characters and great world building — a wonderful sequel, for sure!
Who is this book for?
Are you a fan of Julie Kagawa’s books? Then you have to read the Call of the Forgotten series! Basically, I’d recommend this to anyone with a love for fantasy and the paranormal, though you probably don’t want to read this until the next book is out.