Title: The Iron Traitor
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2
Author: Julie Kagawa
Published:Harlequin Teen, October 2013
Source: received a copy from publisher
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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.
The Iron Traitor takes us back into the world of Ethan Chase, where chaos seems to be the norm and where “truth” is subject to wild speculation and interpretation. When Ethan learns that his nephew, Keirran, is on the verge of doing something that is dangerous and dark, he has to make a quick decision – will he help or will he sit back and let Keirran slip further into darkness and misery?
It would be a lie if I said I didn’t enjoy reading the story, but oddly, I couldn’t say I loved the story. I guess I didn’t feel convinced to see the story from the perspective of Ethan.
In this installment, Ethan felt more like a sidekick to me and while I appreciated his selflessness, I found him careless and at times not thinking things through enough. It’s like he had lost a bit of his usual careful attitude. To be fair, I did understand why he might choose to listen to what others said at times; but based on what I had learned about his character and personality in the previous installment, I couldn’t bring myself to agree with his choice of action here. It’s like his sense of judgment was clouded and I became frustrated when he kept putting himself into bigger trouble.
I also didn’t quite see much of a character development in this installment. With a darker plot, I secretly hoped that the characters would turn out to be much stronger and/ or more powerful, but when all I saw was anger and frustration followed with more anger and frustration, I felt … unsatisfied. I felt like something was missing and I couldn’t bring myself to love the story even though the plot was fairly engaging.
Although I didn’t like the story as much as I’d hope, I have to say I adored Kenzie. She might be physically unfit for combat but I liked that she insisted to live her life to its fullest. She might have her own trouble but unlike the boys, she didn’t let her negative emotions cloud her judgment.
With an ending that tied back with what had been foreseen in the Iron’s Prophecy, I know I’ll want to get my hands on the next installment. If I could make a wish, I’d wish that Keirran’s action would spark an interesting twist to the story and bring us a memorable journey of triumph, reconciliation and forgiveness. Let’s hope my wish would come true.