Author: Julie Kagawa
Category: Young Adult
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: 10-29-13
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. – Goodreads
In contrast to the a fey, who would be forgotten by those that knew him or her, Ethan has parents that very much remember that he disappeared and a girlfriend who also has parents that are none too pleased with the disappearing act they pulled in book one. The Iron Traitor picks up where book one left off, but without any real answers. Ethan is, as always, torn between hating the fey and realizing that Keirren is his nephew and, therefore, family. Meghan makes an appearance (yay!) and so does Ash. I had to chuckle because now that Ash is THE DAD, everyone is forever running away from him as to not get caught. It’s a little role reversal for Ash that fans of the Iron Fey series will appreciate, I think. There are also some other old friends that pay a visit, but I won’t spoil it for you. Just know that this world is still the brutal and unfair place it has always been. The story pulls no punches when it comes to the cruelty of the fey, and that makes the adventure even more fun.
I am hopelessly devoted to this series and it’s various relatives. There is just something about the faerie world that Julie Kagawa creates that sucks me in and makes me want to stay. There is non-stop action, mysteries, intrigue, and a curse that might take everyone down with it. Much like the first book in the series, there is a lot of trudging around the Nevernever, but everything seemed a little more urgent as Keirren’s true love is literally fading before his eyes. As a parallel, Kenzie is still sick and while they try to stop a fey from fading, her health is always on the front to Ethan’s mind. She is tough, though, and has become a character that I really love. Overall, I think that fans of this series will not be disappointed in The Iron Traitor. There is a killer cliffie, though, so be prepared for a wild ride that ends oh so painfully.
I received this galley in exchange for my honest review.