This review and others are posted at Inspiring Insomnia.
Note - This review will contain spoilers from The Lost Prince, the first book in the series.
The title of this book, The Iron Traitor, is attention-grabbing, isn't it? We've got the word, "traitor," and we've got Keirran staring out at us, so...should we assume that he's the traitor?
Before I even began reading The Iron Traitor, I imagined where the plot could go. At the end of The Lost Prince, Keirran delcares that he'll do anything to stop Annwyl from fading away into nothing. Given faeries' fondness for striking dangerous bargains, it was easy to believe that Keirran would do something to betray one or more of his family members in order to save Annwyl. Assuming I was right, how exactly would it happen?
I'm not sure how I feel about a title that (potentially) gives away a major plot point. It's fun, in a way, because you have that same feeling that you do while watching a horror movie, when you KNOW something terrible is waiting just around the corner. That extended scare, and the anticipation that leads to up to it, is usually more satisfying than the sudden, cheap thrill of something scary bursting out onto the screen with no warning. At the same time, when you think you have knowledge of something shocking that's about to occur, it can detract a bit from what would otherwise be a majorly jaw-dropping moment. And folks, we get that jaw-dropper here, spoilery-title or not. If you've read Kagawa's The Eternity Cure, you know that she's not afraid to leave readers with a major cliff-hanger.
Everything that you could want from an Iron Fey book, especially the beautiful imagery, is here. But I don't feel like the story progressed a great deal beyond The Lost Prince. Ethan isn't quite so mopey, which is refreshing, and his relationship with Kenzie continues to be sweet.
And now the wait for the next begins, to see what happens after that shocking ending.
Note - I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.