ARC Book Review: The Iron Traitor

The Iron Traitor CoverBook: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

Expected Publication is October 29, 2013 by Harlequin Teen|Expected Number Of Pages: 348

Where I Got It: It’s an e-ARC from netgalley.com- this hasn’t influenced my review in any way.  Promise!

Series: Iron Fey: Call Of The Forgotten #2

Genre: YA Paranormal- Fairies

You can find The Iron Traitor on Goodreads|You can find Julie Kagawa on Twitter and Facebook

Goodreads 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.

I am a huge fan of The Iron Traitor, and I’m so glad I got an ARC of it!  I liked The Iron Traitor a lot more than the Iron Prince, and while I wasn’t completely sure about this series with The Iron Traitor, I’ve decided that it’s just as interesting as Kagawa’s Iron Fey series.

I really like the relationship Kierran and Ethan have, and it really reminds me of Puck and Ash.  Their relationship is definitely complicated, and I’m really curious as to how their relationship will be different in the next one, given the huge cliff-hanger of an ending.  Which is all I’m going to say about that.  Actually, in general, I’m wondering how things are going to be in the next one, given everything that’s happened in The Iron Traitor.

I really liked Ethan in this one, and while he still has some anger issues, I feel like he’s calmed down since The Iron Prince.  Not much, but a little, and I don’t know if it’s because he’s grown on me, or he’s changed or if it’s because it’s been a while since I’ve read The Iron Prince.  At any rate, Ethan was a lot less irritating in The Iron Traitor, as was Kenzie (although there were times when she did get annoying).  I did feel like the things Ethan learned in this book changed him a little.  But for the most part, he’s still him, even though he does have a better understanding of things that happened in the past.

I did feel like I got to know the characters so much better.  They REALLY came to life in The Iron Traitor, and while bringing characters to life is something Kagawa is just good at in general, I felt like the characters really changed and came to life in this one.

And I’m glad we saw Puck and the rest of the gang, because things seem so much more lively when Puck and Grimalkin are around.  I’m glad Puck and Ash and Grim were around to help out Ethan and Kierran, even though Kierran was acting like a moron the entire book. There were times when I was glad I was reading The Iron Traitor at work, because it ensured that I *wouldn’t* be yelling at Kierran. Because I definitely wanted to a few times.  I like Kierran’s dedication and loyalty to Annwyl, but he also did some stupid things because of it.

Final Thoughts:

The Iron Traitor really is a good addition to the Iron Fey series, and Kierran and Ethan are definitely the most interesting characters.  I can’t wait to read the next book, because I really need to know what happens!  The Iron Traitor gets 5 stars.

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2 thoughts on “ARC Book Review: The Iron Traitor

    • I haven’t read many spin-offs, but Iron Prince and Iron Traitor are better than I expected. They’re really good additions to the series, and I wasn’t sure about them at first, but I’m really liking them.

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