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The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney

The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney

Release Date: February 8, 2011
Publisher: Flux
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 289
Source: Arc
Interest: 2011 Debut
Challenge: 2011 Debut Author Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon

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.

How GORGEOUS is this cover, people!!! I love it! I just want to pet the pretty...

The Iron Witch is a wonderfully crafted novel, with an original depiction of the fey, an unexpected incorporation of alchemy and incredibly awesome characters.

I'd like some more, please!

This novel is quick... it's fun and it's engaging. With just enough intrigue to keep me turning the pages and get me salivating for the next novel. There wasn't a lot of emotional investment for me.. I liked the characters and cared what happened to them, but I didn't feel like I know them enough yet. Which is something I am expecting to change within the second book.

There were a lot of aspects in this novel that were just merely scratched on the surface... but I think it worked nicely in this story, because it felt as though as the reader we are just as naive as Donna. What does she really know about the Order? Not very much... and I'm thinking as she continues to delve into the inner workings we are going to discover a whole can of worms right along with her.

Do I hint the possible workings of a love triangle... I sure hope so! I know there are the haters of the love triangle... but this reader, for one, cannot get enough of them!

If you're looking for a different kind of paranormal, you might want to start with The Iron Witch.

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The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney + young adult