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Friday, October 18, 2013

The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

Happy Friday everyone! We've finally had some cooler weather this week, and I have to say...I love it! It feels so much more Fall-ish when it's cool in the mornings. So are y'all ready for another Creature Feature Friday? This week I've chosen to feature Julie Kagawa's Faeries! I've been reading her Iron Fey series for almost three years now. I have really liked most of them. I could have done without The Iron Knight, but oh well. If you haven't been following along, The Iron Traitor is the second in Miz Kagawa's companion series to the original Iron Fey series, this one called The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten. I read and reviewed book one, The Lost Prince a few months ago, feel free to check out that review here. If you enjoyed that one as much as I did, you've been looking forward to reading The Iron Traitor - only a little longer to wait! It hits shelves on October 29th! **Also, as I always say when reviewing a sequel, I will avoid spoilers for this book, but be wary if you haven't read The Lost Prince yet!**
Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.
What I Liked: 1) The new story. Many of the elements that I loved about The Lost Prince were present, but the story took a different turn and made the plot much more interesting to me. No matter how much Ethan knows about the Nevernever and the faery influence, he is still surprised when he runs into people who believe his story (not that he shares is with very many people. And I was surprised to, because the more that is revealed about the Fae, the more Ethan and his companions see their presence in the "real world." 2) There was a great mix of the being in the real world, and the Nevernever. Changing settings and going back and forth between the two isn't new for the series, but Miz Kagawa always seems to find new places to bring into the stories. It keeps things fresh. I also noticed that there were a lot of details about the settings. It made things seem very real. I always love when I'm given the opportunity to feel like I've stepped into the story. 3) I really like Ethan. It's actually funny, because he really does his best to be...not likeable to pretty much everyone. But then he's with Kenzie and his soft mushy side comes out a little. The thing about these characters is it doesn't seem like they are revealing much of themselves, but the longer you read, the more you realize you are slowly getting to know them. It's a fairly unique form of character development, but very effective. 4) We learn so much more about the Forgotten Fae, what's happened to them. A majority of the story is dedicated to finding a way to stop the fade, so it's a lot different than the plotlines we've encountered in the previous books. 5) I hated the cover for The Lost Prince, so I'm glad this one went back to the style of the earlier Iron Fae books. I like this style a lot better. That doesn't really mean much to my enjoyment of the books, but still. There it is, for whatever it's worth.

What I Didn't Like: No complaints! Oh, there could have been more Grim. He's one of my favorites that's been there in every book. But he was conspicuously absent for most of this book.

Overall Thoughts: This series is a lot of fun, and I look forward to each and every release. The Iron Traitor brings one of the Nevernever's biggest problems to the forefront. If these new issues aren't enough to keep you interested, the hunt for Kierran, plus Ethan and Kenzie's developing relationship adds even more depth to the story. I think this is a great addition to the Iron Fey series, and I can't wait to read the next book (A YEAR AWAY!). Especially after that cliffhanger!

The Iron Traitor will be on shelves October 29th, so put it on your calendar!

My Rating: 5 candy corns

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