The Iron Traitor by Julie KagawaThe Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Traitor

byJulie Kagawa

Paperback | October 29, 2013

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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.

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Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate. Julie now lives is Louisville, KY with her...
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Title:The Iron TraitorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.18 × 5.47 × 1.01 inPublished:October 29, 2013Publisher:HarlequinLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Iron Traitor I love fantasy series with faeries, and this is a great one.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my fav book of the whole series! I love Keirran's character, and his interaction with Ethan! This was an amazing book!
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You Little Punk Yes the title kinda gives away what happens in the series, BUT THAT LITTLE BRAT NEEDS TO LEARN A LESSON. His character honestly annoyed me a little
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great novel a nice novel from the perspective of a different character, adds another dimension to the series
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book! I truly love Ethan as a character. He might just be better than his sister to be honest. The title made everything way too predictable however and as such, I could guess what was going to happen very very easily. Otherwise than that the story was nice as once again we delve into the Fey world and its refreshing to hear from Ethan a new character.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Another good book in this series. This is the second book where Ethan is the main character. I think I may like Ethan better than his sister. I like Julie Kagawa's fey world. And I like that we still hear from the old characters from the other books as well. Good fantasy read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic! Another great story in this trilogy with even more action, sweet romance, twists, and chills. And, like any good Kagawa story, a cliffhanger that will drive you crazy while you wait for the next book. Loved it!
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect !!! Amazing spin off for an amazing original series! It is a great continuation of a great series
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this series The second book in the spin-off series to the Iron Fey, The Iron Traitor finds Ethan trying to get back to his normal routine after his visit to the Nevernever. Of course it could never be that simple. With Keirran, Ethan’s nephew missing, and everyone obviously keeping secrets about the way their futures entwines, Ethan finds himself and his girlfriend Kenzie back in the land of the Fae, trying to stop Keirran from doing something rash and fighting a new race of Fae known as The Forgotten. I really loved the characters from the original series and I’m really happy to say that I’ve been enjoying this spin-off just as much. There’s still appearances from my favourite characters from the original but now there’s new characters to fall in love with and new twists of legends. I enjoyed the contrast between Ethan and Keirran. They could be quite similar in a lot of ways, especially with how much they were willing to risk for the people they loved. I could understand Ethan’s anger at the Fae realm and why he wanted nothing to do with it. It stole his sister and him being able to see faeries meant he pushed everyone away so until Kenzie, he never had many friends. He was the loner everyone wrote off even though he was a really sweet, loyal, and brave guy. He treated Kenzie well and he did his best to help Kierran even if it meant heading into danger. Keirran was exactly how I would imagine the son of Ash and Meghan to be. Fiercely loyal, especially to the girl he loved, brave, more than a little reckless, and once he had his mind made up nothing was going to change it. Knowing the prophecy from the previous books in the series, every time these two characters meet, it made me nervous. The plot moved along really well. There wasn’t the ‘middle book’ feel to it, which I liked. There was always something going on to move the characters or the plot ahead so it never dragged. There was always a mission, a goal, for the group. Once they achieved one, they had another, then another, so there wasn’t time for slow. I do recommend reading The Iron Fey series before this one but once you have, I definitely recommend following through with the spin-off. The highlight may be different characters but the ones from the original series still appear and it’s still the same amazing Nevernever world. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worst ending!! Worst ending ever!!! More plz. Good series but that cannot be the end.
Date published: 2014-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worst ending!! I absolutely love julie kagawa's style. I cant wait for another. If you like fairytales, fey, kings, knights, etc. You really have to start reading her books.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Want More I the Iron Fey series I can honestly say that I've read more books in the past month then I have been awhile just because I want to know what's going to happen next
Date published: 2013-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Want More There better be a following book in this series
Date published: 2013-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Stunning Sequel *A copy was provided by the publisher for review* *This review may contain spoilers to the first book, the Lost Prince* The Lost Prince was a bit of a disappointing read last year as my expectations were set quite high, but the Iron Traitor was an amazing sequel that was way better than the first. It reminded me of how much I missed the Iron Fey series. What originally had me disappointed was how the set of characters doesn't even compare to the original. Now, I still prefer Ash / Puck / Meghan / Grim but the new group has its charm. As I've gotten to know them more, I can now thoroughly enjoy their adventures. This book is definitely way crazier than the first one. With Annwyl fading, Kierran is desperate for a way to halt the Fade. That includes our dear princeling running all over the Nevernever and mortal world, trying to find a cure. Meghan and Ash are looking all over for Kierran as well but no one can get a trace on him. He's basically disappeared completely. The quest starts when Annwyl shows up at Ethan's house, begging for him to track down Kierran. Everything goes pretty fast from there. From the New Orleans goblin market to the Seelie court, they go everywhere to try and save Annwyl. There was a lot of action with kali and glamour as they were quite unfortunate when going through their shortcuts. This book was all set on finding a cure for Annwyl. What I loved the most about this book is how I can get to know the characters more. I feel like they've really come together as a group. Kierran and Ethan have developed more of their uncle / nephew relationship but still carrying a grudge as well. What I didn't like was the romance. While it has definitely taken a backseat for the plot, I still think that Kenzie and Ethan's relationship developed too quickly and is a bit flimsy. It was just cute but that's about it. AND OMG THAT ENDING. THAT. ENDING. HOW CAN I SURVIVE WITH THAT ENDING. I LITERALLY SAT IN SHOCK WHILE MY SCIENCE TEACHER DRONED ON ABOUT IONIC BONDS. I WAS SOBBING ON THE INSIDE AND I'M LIKE, UGH I DON'T CARE ABOUT COVALENT BONDS DO YOU KNOW WHAT JUST HAPPENED IN THE END... I think I lost myself for ten minutes there while I stared into the oblivion, shocked. All I gotta say is, this book.. *thumbs up* I cannot describe how much action and surprise is in for you in The Iron Traitor. Especially with that ending. Prepare yourself; all you lovelies are in for a fun ride ;)
Date published: 2013-11-03

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My name is Ethan Chase.Just shy of a week ago, I was dragged into Faeryland. Again.The first time it happened, I was four. Yeah, four years old, kidnapped by faeries and taken into the Nevernever, home of the fey. Long story short, my older sister rescued me and brought me home, but became a faery queen herself and now rules a part of the Nevernever called the Iron Realm.Thirteen years later, despite all the precautions I took against the Fair Folk, it happened again. I found myself smack-dab in the middle of the Nevernever, and this time, I wasn't alone. A classmate of mine, a girl named Mackenzie St. James, managed to get pulled in, as well. A lot of weird, screwed-up stuff happened in the next few days, like following a talking cat through the Nevernever, meeting my sister in the Iron Realm, sneaking out of the Iron Realm to meet up with the Queen of the Exiles and, oh yeah, discovering that my sister has a son. That's right, I have a nephew. A nephew who is part fey, completely unknown to my parents, and who, by way of screwy faery time, is the same age as me.There is one other important thing we discovered—the emergence of a new, deadly species of fey called the Forgotten, faeries that almost don't exist anymore because they've been unremembered for so long. Faeries that have to steal the glamour from regular fey to survive, killing them in the process. But for me, the nephew thing sort of stands out. If I thought my family was weird before, it's not even a blip on the weirdness scale now. I thought I'd seen it all. But when I got pulled into the Nevernever, the thing I never saw coming was Keirran.When Keirran went back into the Nevernever, I knew I hadn't seen the last of him. Still, I had no idea how entangled my life would soon become with his, and how he would be the catalystfor the end of everything.Sometimes I wished everyone paid less attention to me. Sometimes I even wished I had faery blood, so that when the really weird things started happening around me, people would forget they'd seen it as soon as I left. That worked for Robin Goodfellow, the most infamous faery in existence. And to a lesser extent, it even worked for my sister. But in the real world, if you're fully human and you vanish into thin air for nearly a week, people tend to notice. If you vanish at the same time as a very rich, popular classmate, they notice even more.Which was why, I supposed, I was back in the principal's office the Monday after I returned from the Nevernever. Only this time, there were two policemen in the room as well, looming over my chair and looking stern. Kids passing by peered through the door's window and gaped at me before hurrying off with their friends, whispering. Great. I already had a reputation for being a delinquent and a troublemaker; this probably wasn't going to help."Do you know why we've brought you here, Mr. Chase?" the principal said, pursing his thin mouth. I shrugged. I'd been in this office on my first day of school and knew the principal thought I was a lost cause. No point in trying to change his mind. Besides, the two officers were far more worrisome."We'd like to ask you a few questions about Todd Wynd-ham," one of the policemen stated, making my stomach twist. "As you may know, he disappeared last Friday, and his mother filed a missing-persons report when he didn't return from school. According to her, the last person to speak to him before he vanishedwas you."I swallowed. Todd Wyndham was a classmate of mine, and I knew exactly what had happened to him that night. But there was no way I was going to tell the police officers that Todd was part fey, a half-breed who had been kidnapped by the Forgotten and drained of his glamour. Problem was, draining his glamour had also robbed him of his memories, his emotions and his sense of self. By the time Kenzie and I had found him, his magic was already gone, leaving him dazed, passive and completely human.Keeping my voice steady, I faced the officer who had spoken. "Yeah, I saw him at school that day. Everyone did. What's the big deal?""The big deal," the officer continued, frowning harder, "is that Todd Wyndham showed up at his home last week completely shell-shocked. He doesn't remember much, but he has told us that he was kidnapped and that there were other kidnap victims. His symptoms are on par with someone who has witnessed a violent crime, and we fear the kidnapper could strike again soon. We're hoping that you can shed some light on Todd's condition.""Why me?"The policeman narrowed his eyes. "Because on the day after Todd's disappearance, Mrs. St. James reported her daughter missing, as well. She was last seen at a martial arts tournament, speaking to you. Witnesses say that you pulled her out of the building, into the parking lot, and then you both disappeared. Care to tell me what happened, Ethan?"My heart pounded, but I kept my cool, sticking to the script Kenzie and I had come up with. "Kenzie wanted to see New York City," I said casually. "Her dad didn't want her to go. But she really wanted to see it, you knowbefore she died." They blinked, probably not knowing if I was being serious or overly dramatic. I shrugged again. "She asked me to take her, so I did. She never said her dad didn't know she was leaving."Kind of a lame excuse, but I couldn't tell them the real reason, of course. That a bunch of murderous Forgotten had found us at the tournament, chased us into the parking lot, and I'd had to send us both into the Nevernever to escape.The policeman's lips thinned, and I crossed my arms. "If you don't believe me, ask Kenzie," I told him. "She'll tell you the same thing.""We intend to do that." They straightened and backed away, making gestures to let me know we were done here. "Go on back to class, but we'll be watching you, Ethan. Stay out of trouble, you hear?"Relieved, I stood and headed for the door. As I left I could feel the principal's glare on my back. He'd probably hoped I'd be arrested and carted off to juvie; one less delinquent for him to deal with. I certainly gave off the image of the sullen, brooding troublemaker: ripped jeans, shirt turned inside out, pierced ears and defiant smirk firmly in place. But whatever. I wasn't here to be a perfect student or win any trophies. I just wanted to get through the year without any major disasters. Any more major disasters.I slipped out of the principal's office with a sigh of relief. Another bullet dodged. I was an expert at lying to cover up the truth no one else could see. That the fey were out there and couldn't seem to leave me alone. To keep the people around me safe, I'd become someone no one wanted to be around. I'd driven away potential friends, isolated myself and basically been a dick to anyone who tried to get close to me. Usually it worked. Once I made it clear that I wanted to be left alone, people did just that. No one wanted to deal with a hostile jerk. Except one girl.Dammit, I hope she's okay. Where are you, Kenzie? I hope you didn't get into trouble because of me.I supposed we were lucky that we'd been gone only a week. In the Nevernever, time flows differently than in the real world. There are stories of those who vanished into Faery-land for a year and when they came home again, a hundred years had gone by and all they'd known before was changed. Losing one week was getting off pretty easy, but to everyone looking for us, we appeared to have vanished into thin air. With one exception, no one had seen or heard any trace of us from the time we left the tournament until the night we came home, several days later.So Kenzie and I had had to come up with a really good excuse for when we got back."Are you sure?" I'd asked, gazing into her chocolate-brown eyes, seeing my worried reflection staring back at me. "That's the story you want to give your dad when we get home? You decided to visit New York, and I agreed to drive you there?"Kenzie had shrugged, the moonlight shining off her raven hair. Behind her, the great expanse of Central Park was a black-and-silver patchwork quilt, fading into the glimmering towers over the tree line. Her slim arms hung around my waist, her fingers tracing patterns in the small of my back, distracting me. "Can you think of anything better?""Not really." I shivered as her fingers slipped under the hem of my shirt and brushed my skin. I resisted the urge to squirm and tried to focus. "But won't he be mad that you just took off without telling him?"The girl in my arms gave a bitter smile, not looking up. "He has no right to be," she muttered. "He doesn't care what I do. He never checks up on me. As long as I come back with all my fingers and toes, he won't care where I've been. And if he does say something, tell him that I wanted to see New York City before I died. What is he going to do?"My gut twisted for a different reason then. I didn't answer, and Kenzie peeked up at me, apologetic. "What about you?" she asked, cocking her head. "What do you want to tell your family when we get home?""Don't worry about it," I told her. "My family has dealt with this before." When we lost Meghan. "I'll come up with something."She fell silent, chewing on her lip. Her soft fingers were still tracing patterns beneath my shirt, sending tremors up my spine. "Ethan?" she said finally, her voice strangely hesitant. "Um.I'm going to see you again, when we get back to the real world, right?""Yeah," I whispered, knowing exactly what she meant. She wasn't worried that I would fade from sight like one of the fey, but that I would go back to being that mean, hostile jackass who kept everyone at arm's length. "I promise, I'm not going anywhere," I told her, brushing a dark strand of hair from her eyes. "I'll even do normal things like take you to dinner and go to the movies, if you want."Kenzie grinned. "Can I introduce you as my boyfriend?"My stomach lurched the other way. "If you think introducing me to anyone is a good idea," I said, shrugging. "I just hope your dad is as lenient on your boyfriends as he is on your whereabouts. You said he's a lawyer, right?" I grimaced. "I can just see how that first meeting is going to go."Kenzie rose on tiptoe, her hands climbing my chest to my shoulders, and touched her lips to mine. I sucked in a breath and closed my eyes, feeling her soft mouth caress my lips, forgetting everything for a moment."Let me handle my dad," she murmured when we drew back."Prince Ethan." A short faery with a potato-like nose, wrinkled and stubby, padded up. The gnome was dressed in a long white coat, and one of its arms was mechanical, the fingers made of needles, tweezers, even a scalpel. "You are injured," it stated, gesturing to the rough bandages trussed around my leg and arm where I'd been sliced open by a couple nasty faery knights. My sleeve and half my pant leg were covered in blood. "The Iron Queen has bid me to tend to your wounds. As she said, in her own words, 'I do not want Mom and Luke freaking out the second he comes home.' Please, sit down."Kenzie let me go, and, suddenly feeling my injuries, I maneuvered painfully into a seated position. "You can stitch me up all you want," I grumbled as the gnome's index finger became a pair of tiny scissors and began cutting away my arm wrap. "They're still going to freak out when they see me half-drenched in blood. I see an emergency room visit in my future.""Not necessarily," the gnome returned, and waved its regular arm. I felt the tingle of glamour settle over me as the blood on my shirt abruptlyvanished. Holes disappeared, tears stitched themselves together and my clothes looked perfectly normal again. Beside me, Kenzie drew in a sharp breath, even as I recoiled, not wanting any faery glamour put on me, even if it seemed harmless."Oh, calm down," the gnome said, taking my arm again. "It's an illusion, nothing more. But it will break the second you remove your clothes, so I suggest you make sure you are alone when you decide to change. As for these—" it plucked at the sleeve of my shirt "—I suggest a nice bonfire."When I'd gotten home that night, I'd been bracing myself for an interrogation. Thanks to my sister disappearing into Faeryland thirteen years ago, my parents were paranoid and overprotective to the nth degree. If I was out five minutes past curfew, Mom would be calling my phone, demanding to know where I was, if I was all right. As I'd slipped through the front door that night, I still hadn't known what I was going to tell them, but when I'd seen them in the living room, waiting for me, I'd realized they already knew.It seemed they had received a visit from the Iron Queen that very night, and Meghan had told them I was safe. That I had been with her in the Nevernever and I was on my way home. She didn't tell them the whole truth, of course; she'd left out the parts with Keirran, and the Forgotten, and how I'd almost died a few times. I'd thought Mom and Dad would want the rest of the story; even if they couldn't see the bloodstains covering my clothes, or the stitched wounds beneath them, they'd had to know something had gone down in Faeryland. But whatever Meghan had told them seemed to be enough. Mom had just hugged the breath out of me, asked if I was all right about four dozen times and left it at that.Truthfully, I didn't think she wanted to know. Mom was terrified of the fey and thought that if she pretended they didn't exist, they wouldn't harass us. Which kind of sucked for me, because they did. But, at least that night, I'd been glad I didn't have to explain myself. It wasn't often that I was let off the hook. I'd just hoped Kenzie's family was as understanding.Kenzie. I sighed, scrubbing my hand through my hair, worried again. I hadn't seen her since the night she went home, back to her dad and her stepmom. I'd tried calling her over the weekend, but either her phone was still dead or it had been taken away, because my calls went straight to voice mail. Worried and restless, I'd gotten to school early this morning in the hopes of seeing her, finding out how her family had taken her abrupt disappearance, but I'd been pulled into the principal's office before I could catch a glimpse of the girl who was very suddenly my whole world.

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