Book Review: The Iron Witch by: Karen Mahoney



Publish Date:
January 25, 2011


Trade Paperback

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When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed Donna Underwood's father and drove her mother mad. Her own nearly fatal injuries were fixed by alchemy - the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. Now seventeen, Donna feels like a freak, doomed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. Only her relationship with her best friend, Navin, is keeping her sane.

But when vicious wood elves abduct Navin, Donna is forced to accept her role in the centuries-old war between human alchemists and these darkest outcasts of Faerie. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous guy with faery blood running through his veins and secrets of his own, Donna races to save Navin - even if it means betraying everything her parents fought to the death to protect.  

Review: Donna Underwood’s life was irrevocably changed when she was just seven years old. While she survived the attack by a group of Fey, her father was killed and her mother was driven to madness. Now Donna is seventeen and lives with her aunt while taking private classes because of the legacy the attack left her with – the iron and silver tattoos encircling her hands and arms. They've given her enhanced strength and left her marked as a freak by the other kids. Now her only source of happiness is her best friend, Navin. Then she meets Xan, who she’s drawn to for some inexplicable reason. When Navin is kidnapped by the wood elves, Donna and Xan have to team up to save him. But can Donna deliver what it takes to grant his freedom in time…or at all?

I think that this is a spectacular debut novel by Ms. Mahoney. As we see the events unfold through Donna’s perspective, I feel it’s appropriate that we don’t learn much about the Order, her parents, and alchemy because Donna doesn’t know these things. Donna is scared, but she finds the courage to challenge everything she’s believed to save the one person who has always stuck by her – which definitely lives up to the name the elves have given Donna, “The Iron Witch”. With secrets within secrets and webs of deception to unravel, Donna has a long road ahead of her and I look forward to taking each step as she does. The world that Ms. Mahoney created is very unique and intriguing. A must read debut novel!!

The Iron Witch Series: The Iron Witch (1), The Wood Queen (2), The Stone Demon (3)

1 comment:

  1. Great review! The more I hear about this book, the more I want to read it!

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