Thursday, 20 January 2011

Review and giveaway: The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney.

For Review: Random House.  Published 20 January 2011.
From Goodreads: 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 really been looking forward to this one and I loved every minute of it!

Donna has had to keep her world of magic and alchemy a secret all her life. A brutal fey attack on her family when she was seven left her father dead, her mother insane and Donna with 'fixed' arms - they are magically branded with iron tattoos. When her best friend, Nav, stumbles upon her secret he puts himself in danger. Desperate to save him, Donna enlists the help of Xan, a boy with secrets of his own...

If there's a team I'm definitely Team Xan! Or I'm a Xan Fan - that has a nice ring to it! I loved every scene he was in (especially the shirtless one!). Don't get me wrong I adored Nav too. And Donna. In fact I loved all the characters!  Donna is a great main character - she has the right balance of strength and vulnerability to make her likeable. Navin is fun as her best friend. The two obviously have a strong friendship and I'm interested to see how this will develop now he knows the truth about Donna's world. And Xan (gorgeous Xan!) is the mysterious, sexy. and (kind of) bad boy that Donna is instantly attracted to (and who could blame her?). I really liked the pace of their relationship. Although they are obviously drawn to each other they take their time in developing their friendship and I really enjoyed that.

I also loved Karen Mahoney's writing. And the world she created is just brilliant. It's all very exciting and moves along swiftly, making this a rather quick but addictive read! I can't wait to get my hands on The Wood Queen!  I need more Xan!

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Thanks to the lovely team at Random House I have 5 copies to give away!

The giveaway is open to everyone (4 UK winners and 1 International winner).
Closing date is 31 January 2011
You don't need to be a follower of my blog to enter.
Just fill in the form below - Good luck:)

This giveaway is now closed.

12 comments:

Simcha said...

Thanks for the giveaway. This sound like a fantastic book and I'd love to read it.

Dazzling Mage said...

Aaah, I really want to read this now! I wasn't sure at first, but after reading the teaser, and now your review... I can't wait!

Great review!

Brodie said...

Oooh I really wanna meet Xan now! And not just because you mentioned shirtless scenes... ;)

Great review! I sooo can't wait until this is released. It sounds fantastic. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

Vivienne said...

Now I do love a love triangle! Need to read it now to decide which team I am on. Thanks for organising such a brilliant giveaway.

Elie said...

Great review, I can't wait to read this!!

SJH (A Dream of Books) said...

Fantastic review and thanks for the giveaway :) I've been hearing such good things about this book that I can't wait to read it.

Kat said...

This book sounds so good! Great review :)

Tasha said...

I've seen this book all over the place this last week or so. I reeeeally want to read it now! Thanks for the great review and contest.

Clover said...

I've heard nothing but wonderful things about this book! YAY for the chance to win a copy for myself :)

Jessy said...

Thanks for the chance to win this! It sounds really good.

JaiKaies said...

This book sounds fabulous! So many people are mentioning this book that I can't resist the chance to possibly win it :0)

Becky said...

I so need to read this just to find out why there is so much love for Xan. What an enthusiastic review!

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