Book Review: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

  • Method of Obtaining: I received a copy from the publisher.
  • Published by:  HarlequinTeen
  • Release Date:  10.29.2013

In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice.

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 nephew, 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’s and Keirran’s fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan’s next choice may decide the fate of them all.

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My Review:

I have been a fan of Julie Kagawa since her first book release – I fell in love with her vision of the seelie and unseelie world, the idea of the the never, and Meghan and Ash’s journey through the first series of books involving this world.  I was thrilled when she chose to continue the story with Ethan and, in the process, introduces us Meghan and Ash’s teenage son, Keirran.  So, when The Iron Traitor was released for review, I quickly snapped it up and then waited for it to show up on my reading calendar with much anticipation.

What began as a bit of a slow start in The Iron Traitor  definitely pays off by the end – action wise, but it didn’t exactly leave me in a good place.  Let me take a moment to just say that I really, really hate major cliff-hangers; you know, where you spend the entire book thinking at least something should be resolved and, instead, not only is there no resolution but you are left hanging on a major cliff.  Like, there is life and death happening and now you have to wait a very long time.

It’s not right.  And for that reason, I’m a bit upset with Ms. Kagawa.  I wanted to be treated better but instead, The Iron Traitor fell into the role of that blasted mid-book, the story that progresses an overarching tale, but doesn’t give its reader any real satisfaction.

With that said, let me talk for a minute about Keirran.  I totally get teenage rebellion, but I’m beginning to think that Keirran is going a bit over the line.  There are moments in this book where he makes decisions and I wonder how in the world Ash and Meghan haven’t caught up to him yet – because they don’t.  I get that it’s vital to the story progression that Keirran avoids his parents, but with Puck and Grimalkin both making an appearance in this story, and finding Keirran pretty damn easily, I’m thinking that Ash and Meghan either A. have some purpose in letting him do his own thing or B. really aren’t all that powerful.

Like I said, I’m a bit fan of these books so I’ll be sticking with them.  Kagawa is one of my favorite young adult authors out there so I have faith in her, but I seriously hope her next installment can redeem some of the disappointing factors in The Iron Traitor .

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