Author: Julie Kagawa.
Published: October 23rd 2012.
Publisher: Harlequin Teen.
ISBN: 0373210574 (ISBN13: 9780373210572)
Source: Netgalley & Publisher.
Sort: Part one “Call of the Forgotten”
Part five “The iron Fey.”
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.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Ethan is not a normal teenager. His half-sister is queen of the iron Fey and he is cursed with “the Sight.” Which practically means that the faeries are ruining his life. In order to keep a low profile from the faeries, he tries to stay away from people. There is only one girl who isn’t scared by his bad temper: Mackenzie, also known as Kenzie.
When a half-breed named Todd asks for Ethan’s help, things are starting to get out of control. Especially when Todd disappears. Ethan keeps seeing faeries he never saw before – what are they and what are they doing here? When Ethan ignores a warning from one of them, the real trouble starts. He ends up in Nevernever together with Kenzie.
He finally meets Meghan again and when she doesn’t listen to him, Ethan decides that he must find Todd before it is too late. Together with Keirran, a half-elf, Razor, a gremlin and Kenzie, he embarks on a difficult journey to find out who these Forgotten are – and what they are doing to the disappearing exiles and half-breeds.
First of all: we all know that Kagawa knows how to write a good story. The world-building is great. It always felt like I was walking besides Ethan and his new made friends. She also knows how to create believable characters and a good male POV. I totally understood Ethan’s bitterness, even when he sometimes went too far in his hate. He is blinded by his anger for Meghan, but he slowly starts to open up for the world that is part of him.
"Now, before I start screaming, will someone – you or the talking cat or a freaking flying goat, I don’t care – please tell me what the hell is going on?”
Kenzie was great! She is brave and an equal match for Ethan. I did question her behaviour sometimes, but it became clear at the end. I love how their feelings got enough time to develop, so don’t be scared about instant-love (and thank you Kagawa, no love-triangle!)
I can’t write this review without mentioning Razor, the gremlin. What a cutie! You just have to love this little guy. The Forgotten are very creepy and unique. They made a great plot, even when the pace was a bit slow sometimes.
Conclusion: it was a good start from a new series, but definitely not the best book from the iron Fey so far. I’m looking forward to the next book.