Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Stand Alone or Series: 3rd book in the Call of the Forgotten series (7th in the Iron Fey series)
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 5/5 stars
This is the final book in The Call of the Forgotten (and the Iron Fey) series by Julie Kagawa. This book did a wonderful job of wrapping up the series. I really enjoyed it and enjoyed how all the plotlines were resolved. This review includes spoilers for previous books in this series. I have also read Kagawa’s Immortal Rule series which I enjoyed and the first book in her Talon series which was a DNF for me.
After a month of being nearly dead Ethan Chase wakes up. He finds that while he was asleep the Veil between the normal world and faerie world dropped for just a few moments. During this time the Forgotten Queen gained a huge amount of power as human belief in the Forgotten spiked. Then Ethan finds out that Megan’s son Keirran is leading the Forgotten Queen’s army against the Summer and Winter Courts. Megan’s hands are tied by protocol, this leaves Ethan and Kenzie on their own to unravel the secrets of the Forgotten and find a way to stop this war before it starts.
It was great to visit this world again and to read about all the characters I have known and loved in previous Iron Fey books. This is the book where everything comes together. We get to see a lot of my old favorites from the older Iron Fey books (Grimalkin, Leanansidhe, Puck and Ash all play large parts in the story) which was fantastic.
I still am not a huge fan of the characters introduced in the Call of the Forgotten series. Ethan is just too moody and hard to engage with. Kenzie was a more interesting character and she really steps up to the fight in this book; she helps out by being resourceful and making smart observations and suggestions. I enjoyed Kenzie more in this book than in any other. I also really enjoyed Wolf being in the story and the Thin Man; they both play interesting and large parts in the story.
The plot is very well done. We get to journey in the In Between as well as venture into the darkness beyond the Wildwood. All of the courts have to come together to face the threat of the Forgotten and it is not a comfortable alliance. I really enjoyed how the war and Kierran’s status as a traitor were all resolved. Things are wrapped up very well.
Overall I really really enjoyed this conclusion to the Iron Fey/Call of the Forgotten series. While Ethan and Kenzie aren’t (and have never been) my favorite characters; the fact that you see so much of the original Iron Fey crew really makes up for this. The plot is very well done and engaging and I enjoyed getting to visit new dark and eerie parts of the Fey world. Despite this being the last book in the Iron Fey series I would love to see future spin-off series set in this world. The whole Iron Fey series is recommended to fans of faerie themed urban fantasy.