Release Date: January 20, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
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.
I have wanted to read The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney for so long, and I really wanted to love it, but it just didn’t happen. The premise was great! I really loved the back story and the Order and of course the Fey, but the characters were cliched and just didn’t do it for me.
I liked Donna. She was a good main character, if a little immature, but I really felt the author was trying just a little too hard to get the relationships across. Donna and Navin’s–her best friend–banter and joking felt forced and overdone. On a good note, I loved Xan! He was probably my favorite character. I found myself reading much faster when he was in the scene.
The alchemy in The Iron Witch was fantastic! I wish there would have been just a tiny bit more of it, though. I don’t think there in enough alchemy in YA, so I really enjoyed all of those aspects, even more than the Fey aspects!
Even though there was things I didn’t like about The Iron Witch , I enjoyed the premise and since this is the first book in a series I’m sure it will only get better and better! I’ll give the next one a shot.