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Another side effect of beginning THE IRON WITCH when it does is that there is a rather lengthy info dump passage that we have to trudge through that somehow makes what really is a very interesting alchemy society and fey mythology seem dull. The alchemy does become more interesting as the book goes along and I can see it taking on an even more captivating role in future books.
I was also surprised by the choice to primarily use 3rd person POV for most of the book. There are a few journal entries from Donna which are written in 1st person POV and are easily the best parts of THE IRON WITCH. The 3rd person POV left me feeling a bit detached from the main characters, a feeling that wasn't helped by how prone they all were to wallowing in self pity constantly.
Despite the criticism above, there is a lot to like in THE IRON WITCH. Donna is essentially a magical bionic woman with her iron laced arms and the romance that sparks between her and Xan is genuine and sweetly romantic. There are a number of questions left unanswered at the end and plenty of hints dropped about possible betrayals and misplaced loyalties that should give this series life for several books to come. Bottom line, if you love Julie Kagawa's The Iron Fey series, you'll love THE IRON WITCH.
So the issues I had with THE IRON WITCH were in regards to all the seemingly unnecessary build up and filler, which make up the majority of the book's content.. where not a lot happens and I found my self skimming the pages to get through the minutia and get back to the actual plot. By the end of the story, it is obvious there will be another installment of THE IRON WITCH to follow and maybe this is the reason for all the excess information. With the likable characters and the involved setup, my hope is that the next book will be a stronger read and I'm willing to stick with Mahoney on this one and give the series a chance.
For me, The Iron Witch almost felt like it can be divided into two parts: the wordy world-building part and the action part (which was actually interesting). Basically, about three-quarters of the book are what I would consider to be "wordy world-building." Thought there is some basic setting and character introductions, the majority of this section felt like it was purely world-building and introduction into the alchemy world and the Iron Witch's mythology. While the mythology and world Mahoney has created is fascinating and unique, it seemed like she dedicated all of her time to getting readers up to speed on alchemy, dark elves and faeries rather than advancing the plot or building her characters. In fact, Donna and Xan spend pages upon pages just talking about all the paranormal elements in the novel, with the majority of it being Xan asking Donna questions about herself and her strange world, with Donna giving straight answers -I felt like I was reading some kind of interview rather than a novel.
The last quarter of the novel, however, was considerably better.Read more ›
At age seven, Donna Underwood went through a nightmarish attack from the dark elves that killed her father and left her mother mad. It also left her almost fatally injured. Her survival was only due to the alchemical arts possessed by The Order of the Dragon's members to whom her parents belonged, which gave her iron and silver tattoos on her hands and arms. Now living with her aunt and ostracized from school the only thing helping Donna get through her days is her best friend Navin. But the dark elves are coming back into the city and are looking for something that she might possess ,and when they kidnap Navin, Donna will risk everything to get him back.
I am going to be honest here and say that I generally do not quite like YA paranormal books, with some exceptions, as I find that they often lack characterization, engaging writing (to me), and are too cliché when it comes to dealing with love stories and love triangles. I was hoping for this book to be different, but it wasn't. Not enough for me anyway.
Let me first start with what I like. I was genuinely intrigued by the world in The Iron Witch.Read more ›
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I have had this book forever to read and was excited to finally get around to reading it. This ended up being a well done YA paranormal book featuring fey. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Karissa Eckert
I really enjoyed this book. The action stayed constant throughout the story; the characters are interesting, and it is well written. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Shannon Lyon
I've had this on my TBR for so long now and finally got to it. It turned out to be pretty decent and I should have gotten to it sooner. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Serenity
Donna Underwood is an unwelcome guest at a party when she decides to escape the whispers and stares and seek sanctuary in an upstairs bedroom. Read morePublished 17 months ago by R. M. Fisher
I wish they had said it would come with stickers all over it. I wouldn't have bought it than. I was buying this as a gift.Published 19 months ago by Brittney
Awful. That's the best word I can use to describe this train wreck of literary garbage. It's worse than Twilight. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Auggie
The Iron Witch is beginning to become an interesting addition to the latest series that I have been reading. Can't wait to see what happens next.Published on January 22, 2013 by Regina_Linton
love this book. love the love story beind it all! What a great read! Friendship, betrayel, love, pain just what I neededPublished on December 18, 2012 by April M. Stacey
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