Sunday, October 20, 2013

ARC Review: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

Hi People!

The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa
Publication Date: October 23rd, 2013
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Source: Netgalley 

Tears fell out of my eyes for minutes after finishing the last page. Burning tears of and sorrow. I felt heartbroken. Tears spill while I think about how every page moved closer and closer to this moment of suffering. The ending contains a beautiful second-to-last line unmatched by any line.

The book lives with splendid writing that lies in simple narrative mixed with gorgeous images. Each passage is transitioned smoothly. The dialogue is similar to what I hear everyday.

I experience so much empathy for the three main characters. Oh, Ethan, Kenzie and Kieran. Ethan has grown in many ways from his old live a life of depravity self as he comes to risk everything for Kenzie and his family. He extorts his true insecurities and gains a new confidence. I always will like stubborn girls with creative ideas like Kenzie. Kenzie’s capacity to forgive is unbreakable. Kieran may be a love struck wanna-be savior who disregards everyone else, but I still like him because I long for his redemption and admire this resolved half-fey who independently strives for his goal. He lets no one tell him that love is not worth the grim consequences.

What really caused me to be disappointing was the plot. Till The Nevernever segment around 200 pages in I found the plot was a deflating balloon and I was the helium whizzing away. I found the plot was mostly one event after another without any significant occurrence. I mostly lacked drive to read. Especially when Ethan did an action similar to what I thought he learned from in the previous book. 

After, Nevernever I started finding the energy to read this book. I adored the still lingering jacket moment and plenty of tension-filled scenes. The last section left me experiencing plenty of sentimental emotions.

The Iron Traitor is, in all, a pretty good book if you do not mind waiting for important events to happen. The writing is beautiful and the main characters are strong. 
Thanks for reading!


  1. I've heard the ending of this one is just brutal Rachel, that makes me so nervous! I think I'm going to have to wait until the next book is out so I have it on hand:) I'm glad that despite a lackluster start to this one, you sill liked it enough to give it a 4. Thanks for your thoughts!!!!!

  2. I agree about the plot, Rachel. I thought it lacked direction at times, but I did find the story overall to be generally engaging. Though I think the cameo roles and the worldbuilding played a big part in that! I'm curious about where the story will go next. :) Lovely review!

  3. I heard this was a cliffhanger but I didn't know it was a heartbreaking one. Glad to see you're still enjoying this series, Rachel. In spite of your breaking heart *sniff*! Great review. :)

  4. I haven't read the first one yet but I'm really anxious to get to know Ethan and to revisit this world I fell in love with! Her books are sometimes slow, so I go in expecting that. Kind of scared of the end though!

  5. It's great to see that you really enjoyed this one! I must get to this series pronto, the hype is getting to me >.<

    Fab review, hun! <33

  6. I have read the first four Iron Fey books and loved them but have yet to start on the spin off. You have made me really curious about that ending though, sounds really heartbreaking!

  7. Ahh I loved The Iron Traitor! I ended up giving it five, but I can see what you meant abut the plot. The ending was definitely super brutal and I wish I had read The Iron Traitor later so I didn't have to wait longer for the next book. I totally agree about Ethan and his development, too. :)

    Fantastic review, Rachel! <33

  8. It's lovely when a book can move you so much!

  9. Great review Rachel this one seems to be another winner among Kagawa fans. I haven't read a single book by her yet and I feel like I fail as a reader haha. But really I have to try to Iron Fae series a try and I also have the Immortal Rules book 1 & 2 here I want to read. She sounds like a master a world building!

  10. Glad you liked this, Rache!l (Even though I didn't) but I have to agree with you on the ending. It's one of the reasons why I still want to read the third book despite not being charmed with books 1 and 2. Hope the third book goes well for both of us!



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