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.
Worldbuilding: The Iron Traitor takes us a wonderful journey through the fey-ridden world of Ethan Chase, but also through the fascinating Nevernever uber-full of awesome fantasy elements.
Characters: Ethan Chase has grown from the first novel, The Lost Prince. He’s just as much a fighter, has his priorities straight and is starting to deal with his real feelings about the disappearance of his sister and the reason she stays away. He was a fun MC and he stays that way throughout this novel as well, but I won’t lie, he’s not the one I’m in love with.
Kenzie was awesome too, she has this awesome spirit of a fighter and a sassy shade to her without becoming annoying or presumptuous. She’s also very loyal and has a sturdier sense of the greater good than Ethan himself seems to display at times (when he’d rather put her first, the rest of the world coming second); ironically, Kenzie’s never-ending desire to help out those who seem to be needing help drives us all to the evil ending of this novel – on which I’ll comment in a few.
My favorite character though? I think you’ve guessed it by now: Keirran. The Iron Prince has this absolutely awesome duality going on, he’s both the good, loyal, loving guy, and the cool, merciless killer, and he slides to and from with almost shocking speed and determination. It’s this ambiguity about him that I so love, and I won’t lie, this good guy (meh…) bad guy (yum!) dynamic in his personality has me totally hooked.
Of course we’re also treated to some beloved characters appearances from the likes of Puck, Ash, Meghan and fey beings made of awesome.
Favorite Character: Keirran xD
Plot: The story is yet another thrilling adventure that requires our heroes to fight for what they love, what they feel is right, for family and friends. The plot has the trademark rapid rhythm that we’ve all come to associate Julie Kagawa’s writing with, plus the super awesome sword-fighting instance I personally love to run into in quite a few of her novels. There’s this sort-of-samurai vibe to her characters that I totally love.
Writing: First person narrative, compelling storytelling, as usual, and awesome character building while keeping the reader on the edge of their seat. There is an evil element this time, and that’s the ending. Major cliffhanger there that will totally have you screaming for the next novel in the series.
Curb Appeal: Spectacular cover, hooking blurb, and the trademark of awesomeness that is Julie Kagawa’s name make The Iron Traitor instant buy material for sure.
All in all, The Iron Traitor is a fast paced adventure full of action, interesting character building and spectacular storytelling, but it also ends with one majorly evil cliffhanger – fact that made me enjoy this novel even more than the first, lol, and I loved the first too. Perhaps the fact that teen romance is less a topic in this one as the relationships involved in the story aren’t in the falling phase makes the novel a more interesting read for me. I still have issues with enjoying teen romance, it’s the adult kind of heart I enjoy (which is why my romance reading needs at least a New Adult level in there xD). I’m dying to read the next one now, lol.
If you enjoy fantasy, awesome writing, interesting plot twists and if you’ve loved any of Julie Kagawa’s novels, then this a must read for sure.