Early Featured Book Review: The Iron Traitor (Call of the Forgotten #2) by Julie Kagawa
***This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence!***
Ethan Chase wants nothing more than to move on after his recent trip to the Nevernever. He wants to live a normal life and let the fey deal with the issue of the Forgotten and their Lady. After returning home, Ethan’s only focus is going to school, smoothing things over with his parents, and being a normal boyfriend to Kenzie. But Ethan is not destined to stand on the sidelines as the Forgotten grow stronger, and soon enough, he’s drawn right back into the world of the fey. A desperate Annwyl appears, needing Ethan’s help to find Kierran, who has gone missing. As much as he wishes to stay out of it, Ethan knows he must help find his friend and nephew. Time is not on their side, however, as Annwyl is Fading right before Ethan’s eyes, and the two of them, along with Kenzie, must find Kierran before he does something drastic to save the girl he loves.
Where do I begin with The Iron Traitor? This book is even better than the first in the series. It has everything you expect when you open a book by the incredibly talented Julie Kagawa; romance, adventure, humor, action, magic…the list goes on and on. I absolutely adore this world that Julie’s created, as there’s so much opportunity for great storytelling. It’s so vast and well-developed. Whether you’re reading about the Goblin Market in New Orleans, Mag Tuiredh, or the Summer Court, Julie creates such vivid mental pictures that you feel as though you’re right there with the characters.
I feel as though I’ve come to understand Ethan a lot since the beginning of this series. The hurt over Meghan’s absence runs deep, and though we know why she stayed away, I totally sympathize with Ethan’s pain and anger. He might come across as this closed-off loner, but he’s a great guy who will do anything for his friends and family, even if that means venturing into a world he’d rather not ever visit again. Kenzie is her usual determined, stubborn self and I think she’s Ethan’s perfect match. He needs someone who won’t take any crap from him. I wasn’t her biggest fan in the first book, but she’s grown on me. As we learned in the last book, she’s sick, and I’m so hoping her and Ethan get their happy ending. I’m curious to see where Julie will take that particular storyline.
As for Kierran…I was torn on his character going into this book. He seemed like a good guy, but there was definitely something off with him towards the end of the last book. The synopsis for The Iron Traitor hints that Kierran’s headed down a dark path, and you’ll see how that plays out in this book and how that transformation begins. His love for Annwyl is still as strong as ever, and I think that it is perhaps his most redeemable quality.
This book deals a lot with consequences. Events from past books come into play once again and we learn about how they’ve affected the present. There are consequences to the choices characters make, and I’m dying to see how things get resolved in the next book. Speaking of the next book, after that cliffhanger Julie left us with, it can’t come soon enough!
There’s just something about the bad-boy…
“So I ‘beat up’ the quarterback, and now people want to go out with me?” I asked in disbelief. “What is wrong with girls? Tame me? Like I’m some kind of wild horse?”
Kenzie giggled. “Must be that bad-boy allure,” she said. “You know, they see you as a dangerous, broken mystery man. They want to be the one to fix you.”
See? You can’t help but feel for the guy.
“When Meghan left…it screwed me up pretty bad. I practically worshipped her, you know, when I was little.” The words felt strange, coming from my mouth. I’d never told anyone this before. “For a long time, I believed she would come back. That whenever she finished what she had to do in Faery, she would come home. But she never did, not to stay.”
Heh. I bet he is.
“I swear,” I muttered, hoping the “ghosts” were listening, “if anything jumps out and grabs me, it’s going to be stab first, ask questions later.”
Kenzie giggled. “I bet you’re fun at Halloween parties.”
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If you haven’t read the original Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa, I highly recommend reading that series. It begins with The Iron King and focuses on Meghan Chase, Ethan’s older sister. The events in this series take place years before the events in Call of the Forgotten. If you love Julie’s writing but haven’t read her Blood of Eden series, definitely give those books a look. Start with The Immortal Rules. There are no fey in these books (it has vampires instead) and it’s darker and grittier, but just as enjoyable as the Iron Fey.
You might also like Glimmerglass by Jenna Black, the first book in the Faeriewalker series. These books are Young Adult, too, and are about a teen girl who, much like Meghan Chase, discovers that she is descended from faeries.
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