February 14th, 2011

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The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney

The Blurb On The Back:

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 do to hide.

But now, the dark exiles of Faerie are coming and Donna must choose between saving her best friend – or betraying one of the world’s greatest secrets.

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The Verdict:

The ideas underpinning this debut YA fantasy – specifically the legend of the Armless Maiden and the combination of faerie and alchemy promised a great deal and I really wanted to enjoy it. However the execution simply did not work for me – the text is exposition heavy, with the foreshadowing dropping like anvils and the characters too cosy to be completely believable. The book ends with a cliff hanger for the sequel but on the basis of what’s here, I won’t be rushing to read on.

Cross-posted to bookish, books, bookworming, fantasywithbite, urbanfantasyfan and yalitlovers.