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The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa (Call of the Forgotten #2) – Review

October 30, 2013 Review 0 ★★★★★

inanutshell2Ethan Chase’s story continues so that it is intertwined with Kierran’s. I don’t know why they are so intricately linked yet, but I cannot wait to find out. Julie Kagawa’s storytelling is rich, dynamic, and sometimes pushes the very limits of what my poor heart can handle.

The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa (Call of the Forgotten #2) – ReviewRelease Date: October 29, 2013
Title: The Iron Traitor
Series: Call of the Forgotten #2
Author: Julie Kagawa
Pages: 304
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: NetGalley
Available: Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iBookstore | Powell's
From the Publisher: 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.
5 Stars

That’s the tweet I posted when I read the last word of The Iron Traitor (protip: click through to read the whole conversation between me and Julie Kagawa that ends with #AuthorsAreEvil).

I love this world that Julie has created. I love coming back to it with each new novel. And most of all, I love how different Ethan’s story is from Meghan’s.

Ethan grew up knowing about the fae. He was just a wee lad of four when he was kidnapped by the Iron King, and now his own sister is fae royalty. He hasn’t had to deal with the same struggles and uncertainty about the fae that Meghan did in her story. Ed. Note: It feels weird to type only Ethan or Meghan because in the books it’s always Ethan Chase or Meghan Chase.

The Iron Traitor picks up just after The Lost Prince. Ethan and Kenzie have returned from their adventure in the Nevernever to discover a week has passed in the real world. While Ethan tries to deal with the repercussions of that journey, Annwyl shows up revealing that the reason Kierran has gone missing is in an effort to slow and ultimately prevent her Fading. While Ethan doesn’t want anything more to do with the fae, Kierran is different. Kierran is family. So Ethan agrees to help.

This journey is not an easy one. But we see many familiar faces along the way including Ash, Puck, and everyone’s favorite cat (my favorite scenes almost always include Grimalkin).

And just when you think that everything might turn out okay – that Ethan and Kierran might be able to work together to complete their quest – Julie Kagawa sucker punches you in the gut and leaves you with a cliffhanger so large that Thelma and Louise wouldn’t dare sail over it.

So when I finished the book I was left in a stupor, stupidly flipping pages in my Kindle app thinking that there just had to be more because Julie wouldn’t leave us like that. But she did.

Clever girl, she is. Because now I can’t possibly go through life without reading the next book. I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.

As I said on Twitter -> #AuthorsAreEvil

What Others Are Saying:

  • Love is Not a Triangle: The Iron Traitor ends on a major cliffhanger. Seriously one of the worst ever. Kagawa KILLED me with what happened. But she did her job well, and I’m desperate for the final book in the series now! 
  • Reading LarkI never thought I’d ever…EVER… want to throw a Julie Kagawa book against the wall… Not because I hated it but because I loved the story SO much and yet, in the last two pages of the book, Julie proceeded to tear my heart out and eat it for dinner.
  • A Book ObsessionOnce again, Julie Kagawa has pulled off one heck of an amazing book with THE IRON TRAITOR. Take my word for it, this book is one heck of a read that will suck you in right from the start and not let go.

 

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Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa (Call of the Forgotten #1)

August 29, 2012 Review 0 ★★★★★

Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa (Call of the Forgotten #1)Release Date: October 23, 2012
Title: The Lost Prince
Series: Call of the Forgotten #1
Author: Julie Kagawa
Pages: 379
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: NetGalley
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’s dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myths and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

My name is Ethan Chase. And I may not live to see my eighteenth birthday.
5 Stars

Ethan Chase is all grown up.

When we were introduced to him in The Iron King, he was a wee lad of four. Now, he’s 18! One of my favorite things for an author to do is world continuity. I love that we are still in the world of the Iron Fey that we fell in love with – but it’s twelve years later. Meghan, Ash, Puck – and even our favorite cat – all make appearances – but it’s a new generation of characters who are getting into trouble and saving the fey.

And Ethan is in the middle of it all when he swore he would never get involved.

At first, I was a little apprehensive; it was starting to feel a little like a simple re-telling of the original trilogy with a new setting and new characters. I was disappointed. But I pushed through and kept going and realized that wasn’t happening at all. Some things seemed a little similar, sure. YA novels do tend to seem a little formulaic, no matter how you look at them so perhaps that was unavoidable. But there was no love triangle (yay!) and in the end… I have to admit I prefer Ethan to Meghan.

In the early books, there were times I hated Meghan. I thought she was downright stupid at times. I can remember yelling at her through my radio (I listened to the audiobooks). Ethan, while full of too much teenage angst that made me want to shake him, could at least see what was happening in front of him.

Kierran is awesome. I figured out who he was instantly. I think anyone who had read the original trilogy would have figured it out as well, but just in case, I WON’T TELL YOU. He’s a wild card though. I can’t wait to see what Kagawa has in store for him in the future.

I like that Kagawa rounded out the trio with a human. Technically, another human (but Ethan doesn’t count, since he’s a prince). Mackenzie is awesome. I adore her, to be honest. I love her personality. She’s a little overbearing at times, but I understand why she is the way she is. I get her. I have an inkling for where her character is going… and I’m not sure what I think about it. We’ll just have to see.

Bottom line? If you liked the original trilogy, you’ll love this one too. Well, probably.

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