by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1
Published by Harlequin Teen Release date : October 23rd 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Library | Format: Paperback
Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.
That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.
Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.
“The Iron Fey” by Julie Kagawa is my one of my ALL TIME favorites. When I discovered there was going to be a spin off, I was ecstatic for days… then, when I started to come down from the high.. I was….hesitant. I have issues, you see, with spin-offs. Now, not to say they don’t WORK or they aren’t GOOD, I just have had bad experiences with them. So anyway, I held out for months before, finally, snagging a copy from my library.
We are re introduced to Ethan. Cute, little baby brother is all grown up now folks. Since his terrifying experience in the Nevernever, he has constantly watched his back and has isolated himself to protect others from being harmed by the fey. But after the disappearance of his new “friend” Todd, he ventures back into the Nevernever -along with Kenzie- to find him.
As we venture back into the Nevernever, I am once again in awe in the the world Kagawa creates. It’s beautiful, memorizing and one of the scariest off all lands of fey I have read. Her writing is so descriptive, I could picture myself standing along side Ethan and Kenzie, staring in amazement. Her creativity never ceases to amaze me. I thought after the Iron Fey, we wouldn’t be seeing any “new” faeries, yet she created an even more terrifying breed.
But sadly, I couldn’t love this one…
Ethan. King of angst and bitterness. I felt for him, really I did, but it NEVER.ENDED. There were a few times I just wanted to SMACK HIM upside the head something fierce. He has blamed Meghan for basically everything that he has endured. And yeah, I guess I might be a little resentful too… but man, he took it to new heights. Kenzie, overall was an OK character. She was stubborn and persistent. And stupid. Together, her and Ethan seemed to work. BUT-I wasn’t blow away by either one of them or their “romance”. Keirran, on the other hand, is defiantly someone who piqued my interest. I’m more than curious to see where his story is heading. And of course we see our old favorites too. But I have to say, Razor was my favorite.
The plot was interesting enough.. but at the same time lacking… something. I found myself skimming and then having to go back and re read page after page. I was starting to lose interest in what happened to the faeries and had to stop myself from reading the ending just to find out. (This may be due to being in Ethan’s head. All that anger, bitterness and single minded thinking rubbing off on me.) Now, I know that there are more novels to follow this one (The Traitor Son -I believe- is next) but I felt there were too many loose ends. Maybe that was the intent, but a few things – in my opinion- could have been wrapped up.
Overall, I liked it I just didn’t love it. I am looking forward to the next one. I can’t wait to see where Kagawa is taking us next.
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