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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney

The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney

Released Date: February 8, 2011
Publisher: Flux
Pages: Paperback (290 pages)
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: The Iron Witch #1
Genre: Fantasy
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Overall Rating: (3 out of 5 stars)

Description: 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.

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Memorable Quotes:

"Dammit woman, stop trying to beat me. I'll sue you for domestic violence."

"Donna wasn't fooled by his lazy movements and sleep eyes - this guy was sharp, underneath the laid-back exterior."

"It's where they tore out my wings."

"Donna took a deep breath and began to tell him the fairy-tale horror of her life. No Disney gloss for her; just the cold darkness of Grimm"

My Musings: I really didn't know how to rate this book. At moments I could have giving it a worse rating, but I still believe that this series may still have potential. The story was some what interesting, but there wasn't anything special to put it over the top. In the beginning of the book all of the ground work was laid out, and the action didn't really kick in until the ending of the book. I chose to rate this book a three, because I neither love it or hate it. This sort of makes me sad because I had high hopes for this book. How can a book with such an awesome cover be so dull. Donna, the main character, was slightly interesting with her damaged, tattooed hands, but really lacked much of a personality. I guess I just couldn't connect with her. The love interest, Xan, seemed cute, but it seemed that the author tried to give him an mysterious feel and failed. I haven't given up on this series, so I will mostly likely pic up the next one to give it another shot.

Cover Art: A-May-Zing.

Reading Order:
The Iron Witch
The Wood Queen
The Stone Demon


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