Oct 21, 2013

ARC Review--The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

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.

I received this ARC from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.

Julie Kagawa has done it again!! The Iron Traitor was a freaking incredible read that totally blows you out of the water! Seriously, I am shaking with emotions and I cannot even begin to describe them!

While it's been a year too long since I read The Lost Prince, only a week has passed since its events. And things aren't going too good for Ethan. The word on the street is that he kidnapped Kenzie and took her to New York. Not only are teachers and students giving him looks and trouble, but now Kenzie's dad is stepping into the picture and forbidding him to see Kenzie. Like that's really going to happen!

The big issues in this one are that Keirran is missing, Meghan comes to Ethan wanting to know if he knows where he's at and he doesn't. Then Annwyln comes to Ethan and is practically dying...or fading away. If she doesn't get back to Faery soon, she will be gone forever. So Ethan sets out to help her find Keirran so that they can try to find a way to save her from totally disappearing.

Kenzie tags along as well, much to Ethan's disappointment. His overprotecting, overbearing self, wants Kenzie to stay as far away from everything faery as possible, but Ethan has yet to really learn how stubborn and determined Kenzie can be. She will do what she wants when she wants and I gotta say, I love that about her. Ethan's icy demeanor and sometimes hostility do nothing to deter her from her goals. And I think that's what makes them perfect for one another. I have to admit, that I was peeved with Ethan for his overprotective streak. The problems that caused between the two so early in their relationship had me worried.

But Julie never disappoints, as the two somehow manage to work together anyway, I guess because it goes back to their stubbornness. They team up with Keirran in order to save Annwyln's life by doing a favor the Summer Queen. Which just so happens to take them to Tir Na Nog and create a bit of chaos.

Old faces return once again! I was ecstatic to see Grimalkin and Puck return! Meghan made a brief early appearance and yes even Ash! I gotta say I totally love Grimalkin and Puck! Those two are a riot! Grimalkin just has that attitude that is too funny! I totally hear his voice when I read his lines!

I gotta say that I am always tickled with the romance between Kenzie and Ethan. Ethan still shocks with me by how much he's grown, but still, I love the guy! A little thickheaded at times, but aren't most guys? Kenzie definitely has her hands full but she knows how to handle her tough guy!

The pacing in this one was perfect! I'll admit I kept wondering when we'd get to something, but Julie gives us a nice slow simmering that when I look back on it, was awesome! We move from one problem to the next. One quest to complete before another is thrown towards the gang's way. And of course problems occur during each "quest."

But what really, really killed me? The ending! OMG! The ending is without a doubt the worst shouting cliffhanger ever! I was just left shocked when I saw the end coming up, I was in denial because I thought there's no way Julie would do that to us...but then authors do get a sick pleasure in leaving us readers hanging! I knew ahead of time there was a dastardly cliffhanger, but still I HAD to read this one and I still highly recommend reading this one as well. Why wait another year to read the two back to back? Us readers are always enduring torture!

An overall fantastically fabulously epic read!! I am sooo ready for the finale! Bring it on, Julie! 

Overall Rating 5/5 stars

The Iron Traitor releases October 29, 2013

1 comment:

  1. WooHoo! I actually have this book and just haven't read it yet! But... as soon as I get a spare minute, I'm going to read it! I loved her Iron Fey series!


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