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The Iron Butterfly (The Iron Butterfly Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"Hahn proves her mettle as a fantasy writer, layering the historic events and political concerns of the world she has created with a twisting romance that will leave you wondering about Thalia's past, and which of her suitors keeps the secret that will unlock her future. "The Iron Butterfly" is a gripping, enjoyable, and immersive read that will have you cheering for Thalia and fearing for her life" -Lovestruck Literary

Product Details

  • File Size: 1213 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Morningstar Books (February 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BKQPJ2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,095 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Chanda Hahn is a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY Bestselling Author. She uses her experience as a children's pastor, children's librarian and bookseller to write compelling and popular fiction for teens. She was born in Seattle, WA, grew up in Nebraska and currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband and their twin children.

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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Meaghan on April 5, 2012
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When I first found this book I was intrigued by the premise of it and since it was 99 cents I thought what the heck. I am oh so glad I bought this book. The world that Chanda Hahn created was so great. I loved the storyline of The Iron Butterfly as well as the cast of characters, Thalia was a strong protagonist who didnt let the horrors of her past overcome her. I loved her strength and her determination as well as her relationship with Faraway. The writing was captivating and really drew me in. Sure there are some spelling and grammatical errors but hey who are we to judge? This is a self-published book, if the author accidently made some mistakes who cares?? Anyway, I think its a shame that this book isn't more popular. It has everything that I could want in a book; a page-turning plot, lovable characters, a cool ass-kicking training game, a strong heroine and a talking horse all for the low price of 99 cents. So if you're on this page contemplating whether or not to purchase this book, DO IT! This book is fantastic and I doubt you'll regret it. :) Eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
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107 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Art on January 12, 2013
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This is an odd book, in that the main character gets tortured (not much described, but enough to know it was real torture with lots of death around her), loses her memory in the process, and then after a few pages with a flashback or two, with no memory return, she is off to the magic university to start swooning over a pretty boy and having trouble with the mean girl. Sure people try to kill her now and then, but for someone that was recently tortured and has no memory, she more or less dives right into the stereotypical "going to magic school trying to fit in" thing. She thinks about the boy a lot more than she worries about who she might have been before she lost her memory or the people that keep trying to kill her. In short, I found her character unbelievable, and it felt like the serious themes were largely ignored in favor of the YA stuff.

I found the plot a little lazy and loose, like the author didnt think much about whether things really made sense. For example, when people keep trying to kill the girl, the decision is somehow made by the magic school that the girl should play the hunted prey in a training exercise. You know, get over yourself girl, so what if you were tortured and people keep trying to kill you, its just an exercise, why dont you view it as empowering? Another example, even though she was tortured not to long ago, and even though people are trying to kill her with alarming regularity, she rejects having a bodyguard because she wants to "live her life" -- despite the fact that she cant remember "her life" and hasnt remotely forged a new one.

The writing is reasonably paced and engaging, and the good reviews could be legitimate. However, while I did not find this to be a terrible YA fantasy, I didnt find it particularly good either.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Cat Mom on February 6, 2013
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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but I don't think Misty would be flattered by this wholesale lifting of the world of Valdemar. Evidently none of the reviewers here have ever read that wonderful series by Mercedes Lackey, or they would have recognized much of it in this book: A country of magic users who is hated and warred upon by the surrounding countries because of those magic users, all of whom said magicians have different "gifts" and different magic strengths; blue-eyed, white Guardians in the form of horses who bond with one person and have the gift of mind speech; reclusive, legendary warriors called Swordbrothers (read Hawkbrothers); a capital city called Haven; a school for magic users, complete with weapons training; thinly veiled character names pulled from the Valdemar series like the main character Thalia (read Talia)....the list goes on and on. Being a fledgling writer myself, I know how hard it is to come up with fresh ideas that have not been done to death, but that does not excuse what borders on outright plagiarism.

As if that weren't bad enough, I agree with the reviewer who commented on the lack of proofreading - there was absolutely no editing done on this book, and it makes the author look like a third grader.

And it's too bad the author did not do even halfway the in depth character development and plotting that Misty did so well with the Valdemar series. I'm just glad my daughter did not spend a lot of money to download this book. (Yes, I read everything my daughter downloads!)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Claire on January 3, 2013
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Chanda did a wonderful job! This book held my attention completely. So much so that I finished it in two days. I can not wait to get my hands on her next book.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Siyris on March 1, 2013
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I am giving this book a chance -- I have read through 1/3 of it so far, and while the idea of it is interesting, it fails to meet what it sets out to do.

Firstly, the main character is very flat -- which is kind of hard to do in a first-person narrative, but there we go. It seems like there might be something there in the beginning, but unfortunately, any time there is the faintest glimmer of development, the author shies away from it.
She also has very unrealistic thoughts and changes of mood. For example, (SPOILERS) in the start of the book, she escapes from a horrible situation in which she has been tortured (no details on how, but that's a different complaint, see below) for seemingly a long amount of time. Once she escapes, one of her torturers finds her and attacks her, and as soon as she thinks she might be free of him, she is knocked unconscious. She wakes to find herself in a camp with two men. And she immediately notices that one of them is extremely handsome and her heart flutters and she feels herself blush. In no world would a character be able to have that sort of reaction after escaping from something traumatic. Especially not when you add in that these are strangers, and the people who were torturing her were all men. A few pages later, this same supposedly traumatized girl willing accepts food from these complete strangers, tells them her story, and then sleeps peacefully through the night. In addition, she constantly switches back and forth between trusting them and being horribly suspicious of them. In the same sentence.

Secondly, the author is clearly unaccustomed to using a first-person point of view. There are points where the main character is describing herself as 'graceful' or having particular physical features.
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