Monday, March 31, 2014

The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa Review

"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."

Can I kill Keirran yet? I mean, seriously, this guy is the worst character ever. He's an insult to Meghan and Ash. Heck, he's a crapload of crap to the entire Iron Kingdom. All he cares about is his love of his life. He's undenyablely selfish and can learn a lot from Ethan. Seriously, one day I will go into Nevernever and kill that guy. I really want to strangle him. He's terrible. Terrible, terrible, terrible. Someone tell me why he's still alive.

Let's move on. I don't want to talk about this loser. Let's talk about the winners. Ash and Puck are together in a scene, but not for long. It doesn't matter. It's an endearing event most readers are looking for. All we need is Meghan, Puck, and Ash in one scene, one place. It will be perfect. I wouldn't care if Ethan dies. Or even if Kenzie dies. Doesn't matter. Ash, Puck, and Meghan are gold! I miss the old books.

On the plus side, we have Puck and the cat together with the four (Ethan, Kenzie, Keirran, and that other girl). Well, Keirran's love is only with them for a short time. But the small insights in their relationship is adorable. The first time they met was a total LOL worthy moment. Along with all the Puck moments. Alone, he is gold, too. (Sorry, Puck. Forgot to talk about how awesome you are). Ash sometimes appears, but is only hounding them like the Big Bad Wolf. Anyway, any small mentions of him is great.

The storyline of The Iron Traitor isn't as good as before. I am referring to the previous problems like the Iron King, Ash's kryptonite, and the future of Meghan and Ash's child. Then there's the wonderful situation about the rising of the Forgotten. All of the sudden, there's a sick girl dying and the Iron Prince trying to save her. BOOO! Horrible storyline, compared to the other books. Ethan accepted the truth that Kenzie will eventually die. Kerrian hasn't accepted that yet. He still wants to save her. If all the signs are corrected, then Kenzie and Kerrian's girl (name is ridiculous to spell and type) will eventually die.

There's a parallel line between Ethan and Kerrian's relationship with their girlfriends. Both of their girlfriends are going to die (or at least most likely). Both of the boys don't want them to die. Both of the boys believe in different things. But at least, believe in something. 

Ethan is different. He's more accepting. He's the mature one of most of the characters. Ash, I would say is perhaps the most maturing of all, doesn't appear much in the book, so he doesn't really count, but you can count him if you like. Puck is the least mature of all characters, as usual. (Don't ever change, Puck!) What I hate about Ethan is that he lets other people's decisions affect his. Sometimes, he needs to man up and do things himself. That's what he fails to do. That's what Ash does. (Yep, I'm comparing Ethan, Puck, and Ash. Ash is unbeatable, so I shouldn't even talk about him. 'Nuff said).

Rating: Three out of Five (rating saved by Puck and Ash)

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