February 16, 2011

Book Review: The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney

The Iron Witch (The Iron Witch, #1)
Publisher: Flux (February 8, 2011)
Paperback: 299 Pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy (Faeries)
Series: The Iron Witch #1
Book from Publisher*
From Goodreads. 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.

Review by Kate
THE IRON WITCH, by Karen Mahoney, is an intriging fantasy read. I was immediately drawn to the cover (gorgeous!) and the story about a girl who was orpahaned by the Fey.

I enjoyed getting to know Donna and all about her past. I loved the uniquness of her hands and her abilities that came along with them. But I am so torn about this book. There were aspects of it that I loved but at the end of it I had to put it in my 'just liked' stack.

Let me try to explain. I love faerie books. This one had a different folklore to it that I found really fantastic. The intertwining of science and alchemy into the lore was unique and kept me rivited. The relationship between Donna and Xan was really great. They both had some horrible things happen to them in the past and were able to connect on a deeper level because of it. But there were some parts that felt a bit weak and really brought down the calibre for me. Mahoney had my heart pumping at climactic moments but I felt they peaked too soon. The whole book built up to one moment and I felt it was over in a flash. I wish there could have been more to beef up the scenes.

I did enjoy reading the 'Behind the Scenes' section at the end of the book. I think more authors should do this. It gave insight to how Mahoney developed the idea for the story and her thought process while writing. Overall, I did like this book. It fell a little short on my expectations but it was an awesome and unique idea for fey lore. I truly am excited to read the rest of the series to see more of Donna's journey.

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*FTC Disclosure: I received this finished paperback from the publisher. I do not receive payment of any kind in exchange for a review. I do not receive monetary compensation from any book links in my review.

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