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.
- Genre: Fantasy, Contemporary,Urban fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Romance, Supernatural
- Creatures: faeries
- Age: mature young adult
- Source: owned ebook
- Read from May 20 to 21, 2013
FINAL RATING: ★★★★☆/★★★★★
First things first. THIS BOOK WAS THE BEST IRON FEY BOOK EVER (well, depends xD it rivals with the Iron Queen)!!!!! Why is that? Because I couldn’t stop reading, I loved all of the characters, the story and most of all – there was no love triangle – VICTORY!!!
|And look at this beautiful cover ♥|
Also, this series can be read as standalone, for everything is explained, but you probably should read Iron Fey series first.
I was so happy to read about the old characters like Meghan, Puck, Grimalkin, Ash…..and
P.s. those who plan to watch the TV show Firefly may be utterly and completely destroyed by spoilers xD
Short description of what happened in the Iron Fey world, but be warned, SPOILERs for those who haven't read it :D
There is an unknown world to the mortal race called Nevernever, home to all Fey. There were two courts once – the Winter court, ruled by Queen Mab, and Summer court, ruled by Lord Oberon and Queen Titania. But, when the new kingdom and race showed up, the fey of Iron and Technology – it led to war. (continues in the spoiler)
This time, the story follows Meghan's (heroine from the Iron Fey series) stepbrother Ethan who has the gift of the Sight since he was born.
Life wasn’t easy for Ethan – having the sight goes both ways: he can see them, but they notice him too. And when they do, they torment that person for the rest of his/her life. Being able to see them made him seem like a troublemaker in the eyes of other people, which often lead to him being expelled from schools or having to go to another.
When he transfers in the new school, on the first day he meets Kenzie, a reporter who is quite interested in him. But he also saved half breed Todd who got into trouble with bullies. But when Todd accidentally finds out that Ethan is able to see them, he asks for help. Something dark is lurking in the shadows around his home and he needs protection. But Ethan, being distrustful of all fey, helps him because he thought that Todd won’t bother him anymore. But when Todd mysteriously disappears and when a creepy fey attacks Ethan in front of Kenzie, they are forced to flee into the Nevernever, to seek help from the Iron Queen.
Those who have read the Iron Knight, can remember the fey called the Forgotten. Well, it is pretty much obvious which Fey we are reading about this time. Anyway, i think they were nice (and scary) addition to the series and i enjoyed it. I cannot wait to see what will happen in the next books ( and i am beginning to dread the outcome of it)
♦ Ethan :
Ethan has hated the Fey his whole life. After the trauma he suffered as a four year old kid, he learned that the fey are never to be trusted, bargained with or thanked.
He found out as much as he could about them so he could defend himself, even practicing Kali, a Filipino martial art, which taught defense with sticks, knives and swords.
He never lets anyone get close to him, because of fear that fey may hurt them; he acts as a “Bad Boy”. This earned him a serious troublemaker reputation. So when he transfers to new school, one persistent girl, Kenzie, wants to interview him. He couldn’t even begin to imagine how persistent she would turn out to be.
Ethan is one of the characters I actually liked (even when he was acting like douchebag xD). He may be jackass sometimes, but I understood him, it was not his fault - BUT, be warned, he is quite angsty - woe is me type of character, brooding and so on...(that seriously irritated me sometimes, but i dont blame him).
“Well, well,” answered a cool, amused voice from somewhere above us. “And here you are again. Ethan Chase, your family does have a knack for getting into trouble.”
He is angry at fey for everything they did to him, but he is also paranoid and conserved. But then Kenzie made him open up slowly….and eventually, he fell in love (Classic isn't it, for some reason YA heroines fall for YA bad boys... when will it stop?).
He may have had irritated me for few moments, with constant pushing of everyone away and for being angry at Meghan for having no other choice ( she tried to protect them the best she could), but I liked him anyway. I was angry at some points at him because of his quick judgment and condemning. But overall, he was interesting human.
His relationship with Kenzie was so fun to read about. Kenzie balanced his grim moods and she always looked for a bright side when Ethan thought there was no other way. They are the perfect match for each other ♥.
“A pretty handsome jerk, I might add, but a huge, colossal megajerk nonetheless." Kenzie gave me a quick glance to see how I was taking this. I shrugged.
Not going to argue with that.
And then a second later:
She thought I was handsome?”
♦ Kenzie :
The off-limits girl, the one who is untouchable, rich and famous is a school reporter. And she has the urge to know everything that is going on, including interviewing the new student Ethan ( of course... curiosity killed the cat). Being persistent she haunts Ethan whenever she has the chance (stalker much?). But when she is drawn in the world of fey, she shows her that she is in fact brave, curious, impulsive, reckless, smart and very funny. She accepts the situation she was in because she wants to learn as much as she can about everything she can.
“The Nevernever," she murmured, almost to herself, "I'm in the Nevernever. I'm in freaking faeryland.”
I love how awesome she was, brave and always being positive. After learning her secret I was devastated because it hurts me to know what will happen.
Serious – really - spoilers:
♦ Keirran & Annwyl:
Since they are the characters that don't appear until a certain point, i will put them in the spoilers :D
I don't know what to think about Keirran...i just met him and he didn't leave big impression on me. He just seemed...ok. I liked him but that would be it.
He has no interest in Kenzie (thank god! ) cause he is already in love with a exile summer faerie Annwyl. And he would do anything for her. Annwyl was ok character, not bad, but she needs more deepness in her character.
Anyway, he is the mysterious faery who appeared and offered the two of them(Kenzie and Ethan) to leave the Nevernever. Being shady and secretive, Ethan has no idea who he is. ( while those readers who have read Iron's Prophecy certainly know, because it's true and he is
Serious – really - spoilers:
♦ The old quartet: Meghan, Ash and Puck & Grimalkin:
I was so happy to see them back ♥. Meghan has become such a kickass and great character ♥ Ash was still brooding and dark and gloomy as ever, but i kind of liked how "daddy" he was, lol. And Puck ♥♥♥ even though he wasn't that much present,i still swooned when he appeared ♥
“Care to join me, Goodfellow?”
“Oh, ice-boy. A moonlight stroll with you? Do you even have to ask?”
And lol Puck, LOL!
“Huh, another queen,” Puck mused, an evil grin crossing his face. “Maybe we should drop in and introduce ourselves, ice-boy. Do the whole, hey, we were just in the neighborhood, and we were just wondering if you had any plans to take over the Nevernever. Have a fruit basket.”
And Grimalkin.......you better start giving some answers instead of "i am a cat" answers...
♦ Everyone else::
◉ Todd was cute, interesting and i loved how he pestered Ethan, mwahahahahah! And i just liked him :D *SERIOUS SPOILERS*(
sad over what happened to him in the end of the book T_T, that he lost his memory and feyness)
Leanan who is still crazy and scary and awesome as ever :D
◉ Did i miss anyone? O_o
HOLLY COW, THIS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST REVIEWS I HAVE EVER WRITTEN o_O.
Other than that, i loved it, enjoyed it, was sucked in it, because Kagawa is awesome writer and she always puts enough details so you can imagine it always... And also, i cannot wait to see what sequel will have for me in store next, i just can't wait to read it. That is all. And if the worst thing happens, this will be me:
I want the next book noooooooooooooooooooooooooow T____________________T