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The Iron Traitor- Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2
Published by: Harlequin Teen, on 29 October 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 304, Format: eARC
Source: ARC Netgalley
While trying to be as close to normal as possible, Ethan is somehow tangled into fairy politics and intrigues anyway. And since Kenzie will not take no for an answer, they go on an unlikely quest together. Catching up with Kierran to help him save the one he loves more than anything else in all the worlds, the three of them are facing off different monsters in different worlds.
Doling out glamour and hits with his swords, Kierran will stop at nothing to save Anwyl, and bursting into places he has no right to be, he is very lucky to have Ethan at his back.
*I received a free ARC of The Iron Traitor from Harlequin Teen via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*
The Iron Traitor bears it’s name very aptly! And it completely and utterly broke my poor, poor heart. But in a good way. Yeah, my heart can actually be completely be shattered in a good way, it seems, I had no idea that was even possible until I finished The Iron Traitor. Please forgive me for starting with the end – there’s one of those cliffhangers where you just wonder what you just read – and how the heck that can be the last page of the book! But for once, I actually wasn’t upset about the cliffie.
Ethan and Kenzie continue seeing each other, even if her dad is making things quite difficult for them in The Iron Traitor. After coming back home from faerie, Kenzie has to go to the hospital for a while, and Ethan is not exactly welcome there. Good thing that boy is so inventive, he just makes his own opportunities and does what needs to be done to see his girl. Because of Kenzie’s illness, the jocks in school are very upset with Ethan, and he has trouble with them as well as with a new faery who keeps vigil outside his house. Of course, this isn’t the only problem Kenzie and Ethan have to face, they need to find Kierran because now, even Meghan is worried.
The Iron Traitor has Ethan and Kenzie as the focal characters, but the readers get to see Puck, Ash, Meghan and even Grimalkin during the span of the story. It is pretty fast-paced, and there are a lot of characters to keep track of. However, because those characters are all memorable, I had no problem knowing who is who, and I was delighted to meet some of my favorites from the Iron Fey series as well. The writing – do I even need to say anything about that? it is written by Ms. Kagawa – is awesome. The details, the worldbuilding, the character development, the story-arcs, it all worked for me. I do think, however, that it will be easier to get everything if you are already familiar with The Iron Fey, because there are a lot of things going on in The Iron Traitor that has to do with the past, even some from before Ethan and Kierran were born.
On their search for Kierran, Ethan and Kenzie split up because, of course, he wants to protect her. Luckily, she is at least as crafty as he is, and she finds him in the goblin-market in New Orleans. Through a fast-paced story, I got to know and love both Ethan and Kenzie more, and Kierran with his love for his summer girl was heart-breaking. He would do anything to be able to save her from fading – even going against Tatiania and, to some extent, the other royal faeries. The excitement is never-ending, there are some really great fights, and I loved it when Puck and Ash had some word-sparring as well. I think I could read a whole book with just the two of them teasing each other and fighting!
I don’t really know what more to say, except – you really need to read this book if you enjoy fairies! And if you haven’t read any of the Iron Fey books, please do, they are so great, and I think Ms. Kagawa is one of my all time favorite authors, I have loved all of her books so far. There is only one tiny negative thing to say, and that is that I almost regret getting an ARC for The Iron Fey, because that means I read it early, and now, it will be so long before I can find out what happens after that cliffhanger! And I need some of my blogger friends to read it straight away, because I have a theory – and of course, I just can’t share that here.
My girlfriend shook her head. “You could try being nice,” she suggested. “I know it’s in there somewhere. I’ve seen it, at least twice.”
Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore was the cheesy first thought that went through my head as we stepped out into the street.
Quietly, I walked up to join Kenzie, hoping this would work,that the dark, bloody ritual we’d just participated in wasn’t for nothing.
When an orange-and-black bird landed on Kenzie’s shoulder, I jumped, only to realize it was a huge butterfly with wings the size of dinner plates.
“Even if you’re with us, Puck, they’re not going to just let us walk into court.” “Walk in?” Puck snorted, giving Kierran a smirk. “Please. What fun would that be?”