ARC Review: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa – Saving the summer faery

October 28, 2013 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 5 stars, Books, Reviews

ARC Review: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa – Saving the summer faeryThe Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2
Published by Harlequin Enterprises, Australia on October 29, 2013
Source: Publisher
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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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.

THAT CLIFFHANGER! Julie Kagawa has done the evils again where now we have to wait until the next book is released to find out what happens. You know how much I hate spoilers, so that’s all I’m going to say about it.

I didn’t think it was possible, but I enjoyed The Iron Traitor more than The Lost Prince. No need to get us used to the new characters or explain what has happened since then, this one goes straight into the epic Kagawa style fantasy. I just loved the evocative faerie land here, there are some pretty cool scenes that conjured up images of an RPG, such as the visit to the Frozen Wood in the Winter Court where the team had to slay an ancient beast. Julie Kagawa takes us through some amazing places, such as the goblin markets with vendors haggling off their wares, the in Between all misty and dark, the apple orchard of doom, and the Summer Court with sinister Queen Titania.

Throughout the novel, Ethan and Kenzie accompany Keirran on his quest to save Annwyl, who is beginning to Fade due to her banishment from Faery land. Keirran is stubborn, headstrong and chivalrous, but his desperation to do anything for Annwyl was really annoying. He’ll do absolutely anything to save his one true love, from selling his soul, to making bargains with faeries, and even dark magic. Without Ethan and Kenzie to save him from himself, who knows what he would have done, and I was glad when Ethan went off at him eventually. He deserves it.

In both The Lost Prince and the Iron Traitor, there’s this really annoying theme that both the males seem to think is justified – leaving people behind so they can stay safe. We saw what happened in The Lost Prince when Keirran left Annwyl behind, but he does it time and time again in The Iron Traitor. Not only that, but for some silly reason Ethan does that as well to Kenzie. You’d think these two would learn, but I guess the stubborn streak runs in the family.

I was in love with a girl who threw herself into danger, bargained with faeries and wouldn’t take no for an answer. Who was stubborn and cheerful and relentless, and could probably beat any opponent…except the thing inside her. – Ethan

While there is a healthy dose of romance running thorugh the novel, most of The Iron Traitor was focused on the action and the adventure. This is what I love about Julie Kagawa novels, they aren’t too mushy and the romance doesn’t overtake the story. The secondary characters are fantastic, especially Razor, Keirran’s hilarious screeching gremlin and Guro, Ethan’s mysterious kali trainer who crafts mystical charms for the group. While Annwyl, the summer faery is your typical damsel in distress, Kenzie more than balances the group out with her fiesty, stubborn bravery which I love.

I don’t want you to protect me, Ethan… I want to stand beside you when you face whatever Faery has to offer. And I want you to know that you’re not alone, that you don’t have to shoulder this all by yourself anymore. – Kenzie

The Iron Traitor is an imaginative novel full of mystical charm, magic and fae creatures. Even though Kierran annoyed me, I found the mystical world of the fae amazing, due to Kagawa’s natural talent at creating these fantasy worlds filled with magic and adventure. I’ll definitely have to read the rest of the Iron Fey series now, so I can delve into the land of the Fey again and find out how it all came to be. Just be warned for the massive cliffhanger!

Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. The Iron Traitor will be released 29 October 2013. 

Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2. Click here for my review of The Lost Prince (#1).

Rating: 5 out of 5

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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22 responses to “ARC Review: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa – Saving the summer faery

  1. Lol I haven't gotten into Sherlock yet but I've heard good things. Glad you loved it too Pili, they were fantastic! Yeah, I was pre-warned there would be a massive cliffhanger too so wasn't too devastated about it. I know it will pull through somehow 🙂

  2. Massive props on the use of that Sherlock GIF! (unrelated, I just can't wait for the next Sherlock season!!).

    I loved this one so much too! I really felt like smacking both Ethan and Keirran when they got into their "leaving people behind for their own good" moods!

    And yeah, damn that cliffhanger!! I had read Sam's review before so I knew there was a massive cliffhanger coming, so despite the shock and graaah! feeling at least it wasn't as unexpected as when you go into a book not knowing that a massive cliffhanger will happen!
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  3. Would you believe I haven't started the series? For some reasons, fey have never been my cup of tea. I keep hearing how great this series is though! Thanks for the wonderful review, Jeann! 🙂

  4. Gah I feel like such a failure – I haven't read a single book by this author yet *gasp*. I have her Immortal Rules book 1 and 2 here though. I haven't had the best of luck with fae books so I'm a bit wary in trying this series but the reviews are amazeballs I have to at least give the Iron Fey books a try!
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