(also a Q&A with Julie Kagawa and a giveaway for AUS/NZ residents)
MAJOR SELLING POINTS:
Every book Julie Kagawa writes I find myself enjoying more than her last. Her series are well written with action and incredibly engaging plots. It's not a surprise she's found her way to my auto buy list.
I have been reading these books ever since THE IRON KING came out all that time ago (not that long really). I have read almost every story and love this world of the fey. These books were the ones that got me interesting in the world with the big scary fey that twist words and make deals that won't always turn out in your favour. They're much cooler than those puny little fairies that grace so many children's programs and books.
I don't even know what to write here. I haven't recovered from the ending. The books starts of great and proceeds pretty rapidly. There's good action the more you get through and the more you read the more worried you get about the ending and then it actually happens and you're crying because you knew it was coming and dreaded it and then you're left in shock because it just ends and you can't believe it's over because there has to be more but there's not and I can't--
Julie Kagawa writes wonderfully. She has all types of characters with their own voices. Her dialogue can make you snicker, her descriptions paint a pretty picture, and the overall voice clearly show the attitude and values of the narrating character.
It's still weird to think of this big, grown up, tough teenager was once the little boy that got kidnapped. He has grown up so much (obviously) and become so hard. He still struggles with the actions of his sister and how the events back then and interactions with the fey have changed his life. They haven't made it easy. He's still finding his place in the world.
I don't know how I feel about Kenzie. She's always around and one of the most important things in Ethan's life. She's determined and stubborn and does what she wants. But... I don't know. I'm not really connected for her. Any feels I have that relate to her come from how whatever's happening to her is hurting Ethan.
Keirran was the character that caused the most pain in this book. He's so desperate to get what he wants, to save what he loves most, that he's willing to sacrifice anything. It doesn't make for a very nice person and he's made terrible decisions a lot. I just wanted to reach in and shake some sense into him before he did anything drastic.
Love is certainly a theme in this book, it's Kierran's main driving force behind his actions I believe. And yet I don't really feel anything for the relationships in this. Yeah I ship them and they're written ok I guess, I just don't care. THE IRON TRAITOR was more about Kierran and what he was trying to achieve (and how this affected Ethan) than the romance anyway, but even now and then a make out scene would be thrown in or something sappy would be said and meeeehhh.
-Ethan x Kenzie
-Kierran x Annwyl
-Chase family x happiness
-Grimalkin x More page time
-Me x THE NEXT BOOK RIGHT NOW THAT CLIFFHANGER IS HORRIBLE