Series and Book #: The Iron Fey #5
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.
My name is Ethan Chase. And I may not live to see my eighteenth birthday.
Ethan is Meghan's brother. Originally, I thought he'd be interested in the fey and wanting to learn more about them, but that wasn't the case. Ethan was brutal when it came to the fey. His thoughts toward them were volatile and harsh. They had screwed up his life and he wasn't exactly forgiving about that. When he needs Meghan's help, he doesn't like it. After all, she's with Them now. There wasn't a ton of Meghan in this story. She was there but it was from Ethan's perspective and his interaction with his sister was short. He didn't like being in Faerie and he harbored a deep pain toward Meghan. Not only that, but there is the return of the Forgotten seen in The Iron Knight. It's going to be another crazy series with another brand of fey no one wants around.
Ethan was an interesting character. As much as he dislikes the fey, when his half-blood friend needs his help, he returns to Faery to gain answers. When Meghan won't help, he forges on anyway, trusting another faerie in the process. Also, his relationship with Kenzie is always should-I? Shouldn't-I? It was fun to see her always teasing him to get a rise. She was an excellent opposite of his character. Their interaction was wonderful.
Overall, this book was amazing. To me, it was better than its four predecessors. The reappearance of characters from the previous books (including my favorite faerie, Leananside) and seeing them from Ethan's completely different perspective was interesting. Also, the appearance of some new faeries and the parallels Kagawa put in to the first four novels was great. I'm interested to see where the series will go and how it will end.
The Cover: I don't understand the leaves and branches on Ethan's body. But it's still kinda cool.