The Iron Witch
Published 20th January 2011
"Donna is a freak. An outcast. Branded with iron tattoos that cover her hands and arms, she is cursed with a magically-enhanced strength that she does everything she can to hide.
But now, the dark outcasts of Faerie are coming and Donna must choose between saving her best friend - or betraying one of the world's greatest secrets." From the back cover
The Iron Witch has one of the prettiest covers I’ve seen. I just love everything about it.
When I first opened the book and started reading I was a little put off. I found Donna to be a little self-deprecatory, and the scene akin to some episode from One Tree Hill. However, once I’d got over this small problem I started to enjoy the story.
We meet the love interest Xan very early on, which is quite usual in YA. The romance does not over shadow the story though, as this can sometimes dissuade many people. I was somewhat unsure about the love triangle too, as it was distracting, and I personally feel, unnecessary.
The story is slightly different from the usual faerie tales, as Donna is the one aware of the things that go bump in the night. One significant aspect was that the other characters are introduced to her world, rather than the ‘girl meets world’ cliché that is so popular today. I found this to be refreshing, and it endeared me to The Iron Witch.
There was a nice pace to the novel, and the characters were interesting. I also enjoyed the different spin on elves and faeries. Furthermore, I found Xan to be sweet, and he really made the book for me.
I found many parts of this to be cliché, as well as parts rehashed from other novels I’ve read. In addition to this I was a little disappointed with the ending, although this is the first book of the trilogoy.
The second in the trilogy The Wood Queen, is set for February 2012. Although The Iron Witch isn’t the best book I’ve read it is worth a read, and I will be investing in the sequel.
I give this book three bags of Milky Way Magic Stars