Monday, February 23, 2015

Review: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa
Release Date: October 29, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal.  Well, as normal as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life.  Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for...his girlfriend, Kenzie.  Never mind that he's forbidden to see her again. But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, normal simply isn't to be. For Ethan's newphew, Keirran is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten.  As Ethan Keirran's fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan's next choice may decide the fate of them all.

Okay, I gotta like it because it's a Nevernever story and written by Julie Kagawa.  There were a few things that didn't quite gel for me, however.  I had a little trouble getting into, and sticking with, this one at first.  I still loved the characters, but at the same time, a couple of them made some pretty poor choices in this story.  Obviously, characters aren't always going to choose the correct path, otherwise we wouldn't have a story.  That being said though, there's a difference between making a wrong choice and making just some downright stupid choices that can't even be justified.

I still love Ethan Chase, and I love the journey that he's on.  Slowly but surely he's opening up and becoming our hero.  I love when he gets into fight mode and I have to admit that these are some of my favorite scenes.  He's so brave and strong in this series.

But I have to hand it to Keirran as a character.  It's almost as if this story is gradually more then Keirran's story rather than Ethan's.  This could be a good or a bad thing, depending.  But I am downright fascinated by Keirran and the changes he's going through.  Just when I think I know his motives, something happens to make me question them.  But he's so fascinating that ou can't help but be riveted by him.

May I say that I loved, loved, loved having Puck back in this story.  He's one of the things that so enchanted me about the original Iron Fey series.  Having him involved was great, as were the few moments with Ash. It's always great to have Ash there. 

Then there's the ending.  I was so shocked by this ending, wailing at my book and counting down the days until we would get to find out what happens from there.  Julie Kagawa certainly knows how to leave you wanting more.  In fact, the writing was amazing as always.  Julie is a born storyteller and knows how to pull you into her work.  Another great installment.

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