Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Source: Net Galley
Goodreads Rating: 4.37
My Rating: 4 stars
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.
I really enjoyed Kagawa’s Iron Fey series and had been unaware that a spin-off had come out so first I had to read book one of the new series. It pulled me right back into the world and I was happy to see characters I knew and loved from the first books also make significant appearances in the new books.
The Iron Traitor picks up where The Lost Prince stops, after Ethan and Kenzie have to explain where they’ve been for the past week. Even though we, the reader, had to wait for the book, it was nice that there was no break in the story. No unexplained 6 months had passed or anything like that. Kagawa plunged the reader back into the thick of things to answer questions posed in the first book.
It was fast-paced and full of action like other books in both series and there was enough romance to soothe the romantic reader without turning off those who prefer the sword fights to the kissing scenes.
If you enjoyed the original Iron Fey series, you’re going to love the sequels. Same fantastical world. Same dynamic characters (although some are all grown up now). Great new additions to the cast line up. Great twists and turns and a story that will pull you right in.
My only warning? If you don’t like cliff hangers, wait until the third book in this new series comes out before reading this one, or you’re apt to want to throw the book/e-reader across the room when you get to the end.