Author: Julie Kagawa
Publication: Harlequin Teen; Original edition (October 29, 2013)
Description: 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: Julie Kagawa is a cruel, cruel woman! THE IRON TRAITOR is an engaging story with the sort of writing that draws this reader in and immerses me in the story. The writing becomes transparent to me and I live the story. That being the case, I fall in love with the characters and ache for them as they are trying to solve major problems. And they do have MAJOR problems!
Ethan Chase doesn't want to be involved with the fey. After being kidnapped by faeries as a small child and being rescued by his sister Meaghan, he would be happy to live his life with no contact with faeries at all. He is used to making himself an unpopular loner to keep people away from him since he believes that will keep them safe from the faeries who plague his life. But one girl doesn't follow the plan. Kenzie is smart, persistent, has worked her way into Ethan's life and is dying from leukemia. Ethan now has a girlfriend who is a major part of his life - a girlfriend he wants to protect with everything in him.
Ethan's nephew Keirran goes missing and everyone is afraid that his is going to do something rash to save the life of the faerie he loves. Annwyl is an exiled faerie of the Summer court and is going to fade away if Keirran doesn't do something. Keirran is ready to pay any cost to save his girlfriend's life even though their romance is forbidden.
Ethan and Kenzie get swept into Keirran's problem because they are friends and that is what friends do. Together they have all sorts of adventures in the Nevernever and face many dangers. The biggest dangers for both Ethan and Keirran might be the dangers to themselves as they decide how far is too far to go to save someone they love.
Be warned that this story ends on a cliffhanger of major proportions and will leave the reader aching for the next book in this series. I loved the story and highly recommend it.
Kenzie scared me, infuriated me, challenged me, and faeries or no, I couldn't imagine a world without this girl. I love her more than anything else in my life.I got this eARC from Harlequin Teen via NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.