From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Ethan Chase, 18, tells people that his older half sister, Meghan, is dead, but she's not. She left his family to live in Nevernever, the land of the faeries, as the Iron Queen, after the adventures related in Kagawa's first "Iron Fey" series (Harlequin Teen). This first volume in a follow-up series begins as Ethan's reputation as a troublemaker follows him to a new high school, where he saves a half-faery fellow student from bullies and finds himself facing new dangers. Ethan's magical Sight allows him to see the many fey creatures that surround him, but it also lets him see the creatures that drain faery magic. Joined by his friend Kenzie, Ethan travels to Nevernever to warn the fey of the danger they face. With new allies, they return home to confront the danger that threatens their friends, leading to an action-packed magical confrontation. Ethan's character stands out due to his negative attitude toward magic, his martial-arts skills, and his determination that not making friends is the best way to keep others around him safe. Kagawa allows the relationship between Ethan and Kenzie to develop slowly and realistically, revealing details about their pasts as the story progresses and creating a strong appeal to readers of both genders. Fans of the first "Iron Fey" series will be interested in seeing Meghan and her family again, while new readers will find enough detail to help them jump right in and enjoy the magic, adventure, and touch of romance.-Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kagawa’s strong world building and character development—of both fey and humans—continues to abound as she opens a new cycle of her best-selling series The Iron Fey. As Ethan, 17, starts yet another new school, he is followed by rumors about his violent past. He is bitter about his abilities to see fey and sense the impending calamities they may be planning for the human world, but he grudgingly befriends Todd, a half-breed boy, as well as Kenzie, a fully human girl. When Todd disappears from his human home, Kenzie insists on accompanying Ethan in his search for his elder sister, the Iron Queen. Kagawa cleverly balances Ethan’s complex emotional life, the humorous antics of misbehaving gremlins, Kenzie’s jocular but authentic bravery, and the frightening powers held by historic fey. Readers new to this fantasy world will have no trouble becoming absorbed, while those who have read the four novels of The Iron Fey will be delighted to start in on this companion series, Call of the Forgotten. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With volumes in the New York Times best-selling Iron Fey series continuing to draw new fans, this companion series is sure to spark wide interest. Grades 8-12. --Francisca Goldsmith