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The Iron Butterfly (The Iron Butterfly Series) [Kindle Edition]

Chanda Hahn
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Book Description

Imprisoned, starved and left with no memories, Thalia awakens to find herself at the mercy of an evil cult known as the Septori. Their leader has chosen Thalia as the test subject for a torture device of untold power, designed to change and twist her into something that is neither human nor Denai.

Escaping, Thalia finds an unwilling warrior to protect her and an unlikely Denai to befriend her. After finding a home at the Citadel as a servant, Thalia’s worst nightmare comes to life and she begins to show signs of power. Scared and unable to control her gifts, she tries to hide her past to fit in among the Denai. But the Septori want their latest test subject back and will stop at nothing to retrieve her, dead or alive.


Editorial Reviews

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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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BKQPJ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an amazing YA fantasy that everyone should read :) April 5, 2012
By Meaghan
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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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85 of 103 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK YA Fantasy January 12, 2013
By Art
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and colorful January 3, 2013
By Claire
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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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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can you say Valedmar? February 6, 2013
By Cat Mom
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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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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliantly imagined fantasy world April 22, 2012
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Chanda Hahn unravels an elaborate tale of a richly imagined world governed by psychic abilities. Her unlikely heroine, Thalia, who has acquired enviable powers through horrific experiments performed on her, is a likeable heroine, burdened with the knowledge that her salvation from her captors may bring about a war that could potentially wipe out the kind, magically gifted Denai who have sheltered her. 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. This book is a steal at 99 cents and one you own't soon forget.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
This book was pretty good. The powers the main character developed were pretty amazing.

Cliffhanger warning: This book ends with no resolution, you must continue on to... Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Patricia Kenworthy
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing and unique!!!
Amazing, I love the characters and the story line is unique and I am excited to read the second book.
Published 1 day ago by Rohina Ramin
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!!!!!
This book is amazing. I couldn't stop reading it. I felt like I was Thalia in this book. I can't wait to read the next book.
Published 1 day ago by FRANCIS BRADLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Awesome sauce and this will always be my fave book as a teen and I'll pass it on to my children and grandchildren. Definitely buying the rest of chanda hahn's books
Published 2 days ago by Delaram Sani
5.0 out of 5 stars can't stop reading
Absolutely love this book. This is my third time reading it and every time I learn something new. A bit slow to start but worth the details
Published 3 days ago by India DuBois
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I love this book. I have book two and love it to. This review was written by an 11 year old girl.
Published 5 days ago by Tammy Scarberry
5.0 out of 5 stars leaves you wanting more
Iron butterfly is greatly written and the author leaves you grasping and wanting more, more climaxes, more fight from the characters.
Published 15 days ago by Christina Lough
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
I enjoyed reading this book. Can't wait to read the next one to receive some answers about Thalia and her past.
Published 17 days ago by Very disappointed
5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Story of a Girl with no Memories trying to Find herself...
I downloaded this book because it was free at the time, and sometimes the free kindle books disappoint. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Avid Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
The Iron Butterfly is a great beginning to Hahn's series. I absolutely loved it. It felt fresh, world is exciting, and Hahn always leaves you just enough in the dark to be... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Josephine Sloman
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More About the Author

Chanda Hahn uses 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; Aiden and Ashley.

Learn more about this author visit her website www.chandahahn.com

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