[Review] THE IRON WITCH by Karen Mahoney [YA]

Karen Mahoney

Cover Copy: 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.

My Thoughts: Karen Mahoney has created a unique urban fantasy with a steampunk feel from the addition of alchemy, iron tatoos, and flying mechanical birds in a modern London that has wood elves and faeries leaking out of their hidden land.

Ms. Mahoney’s main character is a teen girl, just trying to be an ordinary teen girl. She wants a boy to like her, she’s confused by boy behaviour, and she has to deal with the bitchy behaviour of other school girls. All very relate-able experiences for any teen today.

But not every teen girl has to take alchemy lessons from eccentrics, hide her arms from the elbows down, or save her best friend from otherworldly creatures.

Kind of makes living our ordinary lives seem so much easier.

THE IRON WITCH isn’t heavy on teen romance and doesn’t have as much action as I normally like in a story, but it is rich in imagination, and it was refreshing to step into a world this genre hasn’t seen.

I’m looking forward to more in this series.

Rating: A-
Series: The Iron Witch, #1
Publisher: Flux
Acquired: purchase

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