Apr 152013
Review: The Iron WitchThe Iron Witch (The Iron Witch #1) by Karen Mahoney
Published by Flux on Feb 8, 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, YA
Format: Paperback from BEA 2012
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was a simple pleasure read. A clean YA story, this book was filled with fun excitement. It was predictable, but very enjoyable.

The world of magic and fey are not described or explained in much detail. The way the story reads, the details are obviously there, they just weren’t shared with the reader in this book. Only what was needed was revealed. I hope that future books provide more information.

The main plot the story was wrapped up quite neatly, but there is obviously more to come. The overall story is far from finished.

Overall, this was a story that I felt conflicted about. It was very predictable, with elements that appear in most YA stories. It almost felt like a checklist was used to ensure all common elements were included at some point. But it was also a fun and enjoyable read. I found myself flying through it, not even caring that I could easily guess what was coming. This is the type of book you read on a leisurely weekend afternoon when you just want to sit back and enjoy the story.

  One Response to “Review: The Iron Witch”

  1. I was curious about this book but it doesn’t sound like my kind of thing. I am a sucker for books about magic and fey but I like them to be well developed so I think that would really bother me in this case.

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