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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Review: The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney

THE IRON WITCH by Karen Mahoney
Pub. Date: February 2011
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Format: Paperback , 299pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Publisher
Freak. That's what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna's own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.

When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.
Mini Review
I love the cover of this book and the synopsis is what really made me want to get my hands on it. With high praise from and a comparison to some of my favorite authors, I had a feeling I would enjoy THE IRON WITCH immensely. This book immediately pulled me into the life of Donna as she tried to remain in the background while keeping her secrets. A secret that she’s kept from her best friend Navin until an attack blows the lid off of her hidden world.

I really liked how Donna met Xan. I think their meeting really set the story up for me and I realized as I read along how I kept wanting to read more and more scenes with them. About half-way through the book, the plot seemed to drag a bit. I wanted the story to speed up and get into the nit and grit of things. There were times when I thought conversations were redundant and a bit childish at times. I was hoping that the fey in this book would be scarier and darker but they served their purpose - not at all like Julie Kagawa’s or Leslie Livingston’s fey which I already have on a high pedestal. I had high expectations going into this book but overall, it was a good read just not what I had in mind.

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


  1. I'm the same as you as the book cover and synopsis is pulling me in like gravity to a fall. Even a 3/6 rating still appeals to me.
    Fab review!

  2. I bought this one from haven't read it yet, but plan to for the DAC. I hope I like it more than you did.

    Thanks for the informative review.

  3. Thanks for the review. I'm planning to buy the book and I'll have to see if I agree with you.


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