Saturday, November 9, 2013

ARC Review of The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa!

The final entry for this Saturday edition of Friday Reads is for the second book of The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series, The Iron Traitor that was released on October 29th.


The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #2)The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


First of all, I have to say a big thank you to Harlequin Teen for approving my request for an eARC of this via NetGalley!

The Iron Traitor is a sequel and though I'm not sure if it's just a second book or a middle book (is it a series or a trilogy?) it had to keep up to quite high standards for me and thankfully, it did that and then some!

I will try to keep this review as spoiler free as possible, but there might be some spoilers for book 1, even if I'll try to avoid those too. What I'm gonna say from the very beginning... you need to be warned about something, yes THAT cliffhanger ending! I feel like going into the book forewarned about it doesn't take away from the enjoyment of it, but does help a bit dealing with the shock and emotional misery! So thank you, Sam, for the warning about this cliffhanger, I will join your petition for banning them!

Ethan now is still getting used to the fact that he's not alone in his fight against the Fey, and he's not even sure he's so against them anymore. He has Kenzie to fight for and he has found some allies in the Nevernever, Keirran and Annwyl, Razor, even Grimalkin and Puck. When the Lost Prince was mostly about Ethan and his own path and fight, here Keirran has a growing role since Ethan and Kenzie are mostly dragged along trying to help him on his quest to save Annwyl.

The biggest strenght of this book is that it takes everything that was good from book 1 and takes it up a notch. Our quartet has to go into the Nevernever and not just for a short trip, they have to face Titania and her whims and cruelty, they have to fight old beasts and they will probably start something worse than a war, all of that in the name of love. All the characters grown and progress and Keirran in a very disquieting way, and you start not being sure what is really going on with him. There seems to be quite a deal of information we're not privy to and I'm hoping we'll get some more answers in the next book.

The ending... well, you have been warned about the massive emotional cliffhanger from the start, and trust me, it's the kinda cliffhanger that makes you want to be for the next book to come out like yesterday, but we still have a year to wait!!

All in all, a great read very much deserving of 4.5 stars!





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20 comments:

  1. I thought this book was freaking amazing too, and glad I was pre-warned by a blogger on the massive spoiler at the end. Keirran was really annoying this book though, I felt like most of the story was revolved around him. Great review Pili, have a great weekend.

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. Thanks Jeann! You know, after that ending I'm not even sure what's gonna be going on in the next book!

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  2. Aw, so glad you loved it :) I had some issues with it, but I still enjoyed it. And ohh, yes. That ending is EVIL! Great review. <3 thank you for sharing :)

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    1. Thank you, Carina! Yeah, EVIL ending, so long till the next one!

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  3. I love the first book a lot and I was so excited about this one, but the cliffhanger will ruin it for me, I'm sure. I think I'll just wait for the third one to come out and then read them back to back. I'm so glad you loved it!

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  4. I am so clueless when it comes to YA fiction. Working in a library, I like to be knowledgeable about all the genres, but this is definitely my weak point. Do you happen to know of any wonderful YA historical fiction I might enjoy? I love reading your book reviews and your blog is a great resource for anyone looking for a good read.

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    1. Thank you, Holly! I'm gonna link you to the entry of a fellow blogger & lover of YA with recommendations on different genres to get yourself into a started guide of a sorts: http://gillianeberry.blogspot.com.es/2013/11/books-to-convert-ya-doubter-into-ya.html?showComment=1384038176008#c791195807193405815

      I'll also think you might like a book called Witchstruck, I'll link you to my review: http://pili-inlovewithhandmade.blogspot.com.es/2013/09/friday-reads-arc-review-of-witchstruck.html

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  5. It's great when a series ups the ante...I've had more mixed feelings about this series, but part of that could be because I have a hit or miss relationship with faeries anyway. I'm glad you're enjoying it!


    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. Thank you, Wendy! I usually don't read books about the Fae, just not my thing, so liking these as much as I do is a surprise for me!

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  6. Haha! I'm glad I could warn you about it, but yes, do feel free to sign my petition. ;) I'm not sure if this is a series or a trilogy either, but I remember it being referred to as a trilogy when it was first announced, but it's possible that that might have changed now. It's great to see that you enjoyed this one too. Great review! :)

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    1. After so many cliffhangers on series, I'm irking for reading all the final books on series coming out soon-ish and for some stand alones!
      Thanks Sam!

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  7. I kind of secretly love those cliffhangers though I find they're the most emotional or shocking and that's what becomes memorable to me. I haven't read anything by this author yet though - I know I fail! But I really want to try her Iron Fey series I even have the 4 books here >.<

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    1. When you read the Iron Fey series I will be awaiting your reviews, Giselle! These two are the first books by her that I've read and so far, I'm glad to have started this series!

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  8. Ahahaha wrong link lol.

    WHAT I MEANT TO SAY WAS.

    I LOVED THIS. BUT. THE FREAKING ENDING. THE. FREAKING....NO. MY HEART. BE STILL. AND ASH WAS JST ALL I DO UNDERSTAND

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    1. I know!! SO HEARTBREAKING AND CONFUSING AND WTF!? And now a year till the next book!! EVIL!!

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  9. Okay, now I feel bad for giving up int his spin off because it seems like most readers enjoy it more the the original. I didn't care for the iron Fey series, but I did love the world, and I think it's only fair to give it another shot. Plus, I LOVE emotional books and this seems perfect for me! Plus, if I'm being completely honest, I love those cliffhangers! They make the story memorable. Thanks for sharing, Pili! Great review )

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  10. I hope you'll give this one a chance, Aman! I'm not a fan of Fey stories and I'm really enjoying these!

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