The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa – Review

The Iron Traitor

By Julie Kagawa

Expected Publication:October 2013

Length: 304 pages

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Source: Netgalley

Genre: Fairy tale / paranormal

Synopsis 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.

my thoughts


This book is so much better than The Lost Prince, I guess now I am more use to reading from a male POV and I am feeling more for Ethan and Kenzie now.

The Iron traitor kicks off after Ethan and Mackenzie return, Kenzie ends up in hospital recovering from exhaustion and Ethan is told he is not to come near her again.  When Ethan gets drawn back into the fey world after a sick and fading Annwyl shows up at his house begging Ethan to find  Kierran that has disappeared trying to find her a cure, Kenzie sneaks off and joins them in the Nevernever risking her health and life to make sure she goes out feeling like she has experienced everything, even if Ethan and her father don’t agree.

In the Iron Traitor we learn more about the mystery surrounding Kierran and why he is kept well protected with everyone out trying to find him, and the forgotten wanting to speak to him.  Kenzie and Ethan again set out to save Annwy and Kierran.

I love how over the course of the Iron Fey stories Ethan has grown from a toddler to a jerk teenager and now A grown young man, He has accepted that he will always be part of the Never never and instead of lying about it and disappearing he steps up and accepts the responsibilities, I have grown to love Ethan Chase especially now as he has left most of his childish ways behind him.

Kierran on the other hand I still can’t like and this is really hard for me because I love Meghan and Ash, but again I think it is the fast transition into a teenage character and we didn’t really get to experience him growing up. I also can’t understand his link to the Forgotten even though in the Iron Traitor it is starting to be told.  I guess it ties in with what happened to Ash in The lost prince but I can’t remember  it all that well now.

I have to add that The Iron Traitor Led up to a massive Cliffhanger and I am not impressed, I absolutely loved it, it is amazing and now I have no Idea in what to expect in the next book but wow how cruel of Julie Kagawa to leave it like that.

All in all The Iron Traitor stands out in the Iron Fey stories as an unforgettable coming of age story for Ethan and I can’t wait for the next installment it is going to be on my must have as soon as it comes out list.






3 thoughts on “The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa – Review

  1. I agree with you, this book was a lot better than The Lost Prince. Ethan has grown so much and I liked him so much more too. And Kierran…. yeah, i’m not sure about him either! Bring on the next book I think too! Awesome review Jodie!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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