Friday, October 18, 2013

Book Review: The Iron Traitor (Call of the Forgotten #2)

Release Date: October 29, 2013
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Length: 342 pages

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.


Protagonist: Ethan Chase may have come a long way since the beginning of The Lost Prince, but as we discover in this book he still has a long way to go. One of the things I really enjoy about Ethan is the contrast between him and his sister Meghan. While reading the first book I really wanted him to embrace the world of the fey, and even while reading this one I was expecting him to, but his resistance to let the fey control his life like they, as it looks to him, controlled Meghan's was something to be admired. Many people I've known think that spin-offs are just going to be the same books packaged as something new, and to be honest some are. This spin-off however is nothing like that and it's most easily seen the the deep contrast of their two main characters.

Romance: I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love the character of Kenzie, and in this book she just gets even better. As the relationship between Kanzie and Ethan heats up there are some external forces that influence their relationships growth. Being in a relationship is new for Ethan and with Kenzie's condition he gets very overprotective which is completely understandable, but Kenzie won't stand aside so easily, and it's that stubborn behavior that I admire so much, that fire and unwillingness to accept your fate and going out on your own terms. There are also some other more physical external forces trying to keep Ethan and Kenzie apart, but you'll just have to read the book to find out what or who that is.

World-Building: It's weird to think that after 6 books taking place in the same world that there would still be so much about this world to discover. True, that most of the actual world-building revolves around the real world and not really the Nevernever, which we don't even see until well into the book, but it's still great that there is so much to learn. While I was impressed with the world-building, one thing did bother me and it was the lack of actual adventure, I felt like I was reading more filler than an actual adventure in this world, there was no real journey or quest, at least not one with a clear beginning and end, until the very end. Sure there were a couple goals to achieve but I felt as though more time was spent trying to figure out how to achieve them than our heroes actively trying to achieve them.

Predictability: In terms of predictability, I have to say that for most of the book I was pretty stumped. As I said before this book doesn't feel as much like an Iron Fey book as the rest of them so it was harder to predict how certain things would go. While I enjoyed the seeming unknown as I read, I did miss that familiarity that would tell me most certainly what will probably happen, and while closer to the end that familiarity did appear again, for most of the book it would have been nice to have.

Ending: This was one crazy ending.Let me just start by saying that our heroes have gotten themselves, or more accurately, a certain hero has almost single-handedly caused one of the greatest shitstorms I've ever seen. I mean this ending was a crazy twisted mess, and I loved every minute of it. That is, up until the horrifying and disturbing ending. I mean, way to leave a guy hanging, the wait for the second book will be practically unbearable as I wait with heavy anticipation to find out what happens next.


While I love all the books that this world encompasses, even this one, this installment felt a lot like filler, I really wanted a clear cut quest, but instead I felt like I got a lot of brainstorming. However, closer to the end there was definitely a redeeming quality. And now I'm going to have to wait what looks to be the most tortuous year to find out what will happen... next.


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