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The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey) Paperback – October 29, 2013
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Gr 8 Up-Try as he might, Ethan Chase cannot escape the Fey. They kidnapped him as a child and now, at 18, he has been pulled back into the Nevernever, a realm he hoped never to see again. His previously unknown half-fey nephew has disappeared, and Ethan may be the only one who can locate him. Unaware of the prophecy foretelling his death at Kierran's hands (which is why his sister tried to keep the two apart), Ethan agrees to help Kierran find a way to save his love, Annwyl, from fading out of existence. When forays into dark magic fail to do anything more than prolong Annwyl's fate, their quest leads them deep into the Summer and Winter realms on an adventure that could mean death for them both. Once again, Kagawa utilizes forbidden love to drive her heroes into dangerous and unfamiliar territory. With Ethan's prophesied death looming over the story, readers will find themselves continuously on the edges of their seats. "Iron Fey" fans will revel in the reappearance of familiar characters and new readers will be drawn deep into a new and dangerous world. The final pages will leave readers breathlessly awaiting the next volume. Recommended for libraries owning previous titles in the series.-Jessica Miller, West Springfield Public Library, MAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
When 17-year-old Ethan returns from finding his sister, the Iron Queen, in the complex and compelling Invisible World Kagawa has created in the Iron Fey series, he finds that his new, fully mortal girlfriend, Kenzie, is hospitalized, thanks to the leukemia that has weakened her immune system. In spite of Kenzie’s father’s sharp warning against Ethan in her life and pushed by the appearance of Ethan’s nephew’s true love, who is also in a weakened state, Ethan and Kenzie return to the fey realm to find Kierran and help him restore his love’s life force. Kagawa never loses the pace or character development of her imaginative tale, and readers will be both absorbed and satisfied with the twists, turns, and gender politics of this latest episode. Grades 8-12. --Francisca Goldsmith
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The title of this book, The Iron Traitor, is attention-grabbing, isn't it? We've got the word, "traitor," and we've got Keirran staring out at us, so...should we assume that he's the traitor?
Before I even began reading The Iron Traitor, I imagined where the plot could go. At the end of The Lost Prince, Keirran delcares that he'll do anything to stop Annwyl from fading away into nothing. Given faeries' fondness for striking dangerous bargains, it was easy to believe that Keirran would do something to betray one or more of his family members in order to save Annwyl. Assuming I was right, how exactly would it happen?
I'm not sure how I feel about a title that (potentially) gives away a major plot point. It's fun, in a way, because you have that same feeling that you do while watching a horror movie, when you KNOW something terrible is waiting just around the corner. That extended scare, and the anticipation that leads to up to it, is usually more satisfying than the sudden, cheap thrill of something scary bursting out onto the screen with no warning. At the same time, when you think you have knowledge of something shocking that's about to occur, it can detract a bit from what would otherwise be a majorly jaw-dropping moment. And folks, we get that jaw-dropper here, spoilery-title or not. If you've read Kagawa's The Eternity Cure, you know that she's not afraid to leave readers with a major cliff-hanger.
Everything that you could want from an Iron Fey book, especially the beautiful imagery, is here. But I don't feel like the story progressed a great deal beyond The Lost Prince. Ethan isn't quite so mopey, which is refreshing, and his relationship with Kenzie continues to be sweet.
And now the wait for the next begins, to see what happens after that shocking ending.
Note - I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Hands down, one of my favorite YA series.
I enjoyed most of this book, I did, but the glaring lack of character conviction and the blatant manipulation by the author makes it impossible for me to give it a high rating. There is no real true heart or emotion in this book. It's all talk and because it's all talk I have an issue with the ending. Characters make huge choices. End of the world, war between all fey, kind of choices and I don't believe it. They do it for love, but none of the relationships feel genuine to me. It's all author desires and no true evidence on the page. Kagawa tells us they are in love, but never shows us and the showing is what gives us emotional entanglements to story and character.
My biggest issue with IRON TRAITOR is that the female characters are there as a beacon for the real characters to focus their love and are useless beyond that. I call Ethan, Keirran, and even Mr. Chase "real," because they are well rounded characters who have clear desires, motivations and their presence has a real influence on the plot. The girls on the other hand are there to give their male counter parts heart. Annwyl is weak and pathetic, admittedly she has a reason in this book, but she was the same in THE LOST PRINCE. She is always a step behind in figuring out what's happening and she is constantly overly grateful for the fact that people care about her. Keirran's every step is to save her and she claims to care, but she neither fights for her life or relinquishes it to save Keirran from ruining his life in his desire to save her.
Kenzie is a formulaic `I am woman' character who always stomps her foot in feminist rage when Ethan wants her to stay home, but contributes nothing for 90% of the book. Literally, Kenzie has a scene in the beginning where she successfully negotiates with the Fey, but spends the rest of the book hiding behind rocks or getting Ethan injured in his role as her protector. Ethan comes out the romantic hero in his vow to step in front of a dragon to save Kenzie, while she is the annoying busy body who is risking both their lives just so she can say it was her choice. Add to that Ethan's mom who comes off as an irrational child of a parent while her husband is not only rational, but also understanding with a dash of support and you have a book with useless females.
It's amazing to me that the woman who created the awesome
Allison Sekemoto, created these women. It was almost like writing a book from a close minded male.
Kagawa's relationships would be more interesting if she actually gave us love stories. In all three of her series, characters are in "love," but I don't buy it. Keirran is willing to burn the world to save Annwyl, but they are barely together and he never checks in on her, so it's hard to actually believe their love. Ethan loves Kenzie, but there is not a lick of chemistry between them that would make me believe that they are not best friends. They are not in love, in my opinion and it's difficult for me to understand why the author is trying so hard to make it a love match.
One last complaint about Kenzie. I think she is one of the most horrible characters I have ever read. Not only is she useless, she is selfish and a fool. She's a fool, because she is always giving her opinions and advising Ethan when she has no idea what she is talking about. She doesn't have the experience to back up anything she says. Like, at all. She uses the fact that Ethan has been so isolated and lonely to her advantage. She'll be like "this is what a good friend does" and because he thinks he loves her and has no experience with it, he believes her. She is partially to blame for the explosive cliffhanger of an ending.
And the cliffhanger is explosive. It's also infuriating and confusing, because I do not know where the rest of the series is going. Or how it will make sense.
If you love the Iron Fey series you will enjoy this book and be heart sick at the end.
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