After the whirlwind adventure of The Lost Prince, I knew there was no way I’d be able to leave it there. Was Annwyl safe? What will happen to Ethan and Kenzie? And again, what do these Forgotten fey want? The Iron Traitor starts in the human world, but, of course, the story only really picks up when we make our way back to the Nevernever, this time to stop Keirran from doing something really stupid.
There wasn’t really any character development in Ethan, Kenzie or Keirran. The trio still haven’t learned to fully trust one another, and Ethan is still adamant that Kenzie shouldn’t be with them even though she has explained many times that she is totally fine, and it’s her decision. I wouldn’t say that The Iron Traitor was anything new or unexpected characters wise. We still got cameos of our old favourites, and were introduced to The Thin Man, and a few more Forgotten, but they weren’t anything completely new. I still enjoyed the characters, Ethan’s perspective is still fun to read, but I was disappointed with the character development. On the plus side, we got to hear a lot more about Annwyl, as she was with Ethan for the first half. Other than that, I’m just going to have to hope that the sequel shows some progression!
I love a good action scene, and in the Iron Fey series, you can garnet that every few chapters you’re going to get one. I think the high action is what makes this series stand out, because there is never a boring moment. Ethan and the gang go on a whole bunch of new mini-quests in The Iron Trial, and I can’t help but wonder what they’re going to lead up to. The threat of the Forgotten seems to have already been pacified by Keirran, so what’s next?
Keirran and Annwyl are my favourites, but there is such a large cliffhanger at the end of this novel that leaves all of the romances to hang in the balance. There wasn’t much development in the relationships, but as I said the third book in this spin-off series should really be giving the answers we want! With Kenzie’s leukaemia, I’m really curious about her ending with Ethan, would it be right to bargain away her sickness, will the series end with her death? Or maybe the series will end and it’s up to the reader to decide. I can’t choose which ending I think will be best.
The Iron Traitor is still a worthy read for any fan of the series, there are a few mysteries that kept the plot interesting, however, I wouldn’t say The Iron Traitor was anything special, so I’m going to give it 2.5 stars. It certainly didn’t wow me as a sequel, but I knew I couldn’t leave Ethan’s story after the ending of The Lost Prince. I have high hoped for The Forgotten Crown!