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

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The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa // VBC ReviewThe Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2)
Julie Kagawa
Published: Oct. 29, 2012 (Harlequin Teen)
Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon
Review Source: Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Chelsea

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

One of the things I loved most about Julie Kagawa’s original Iron Fey trilogy was the way she transported us to another world and in that escape gave us the chance to become a part of the fantastical. The Call of the Forgotten spinoff series does something different, but equally important. The Iron Traitor reminds us of the beauty of being human and fallible.

The hope of redemption is prevalent in this series, but particular noteworthy in this second installment. The Iron Traitor finds Ethan Chase accepting that he can’t ignore the fey anymore, but still fighting to keep his girlfriend Kenzie out of their world as much as possible. That is easier said than done.

Kierran needs Ethan’s help, and let’s be honest, Kenzie isn’t going to let anyone sideline her. Besides, she’s better at negotiating with the fey than Meghan or Ethan have ever been. Kierran is doing whatever it takes to save his girlfriend’s life, to keep her from fading into nothingness like the other forgotten fey. The only problem is that’s taking him to darker and more dangerous places than we’ve seen yet.

Expect dark magic, dirty tricks, a run-in with Queen Mab, dodging both human and fey parents and one crazy trip to the Goblin Market. The journey is magical and Ethan and Kenzie’s romance gets a little boost, too. Yay kissing!

What’s nice here is you’ll start to understand the consequences from Ash’s choices in The Iron Knight played out with his son Kierran. While we don’t know the full details of the prophecy revolving around Kierran, expect more answers that lead to more questions. I promise when you finish The Iron Traitor you’ll start counting down the days until the third book in this trilogy releases.

Sexual content: Kissing

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