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The Iron Witch

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Freak. That's what they call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood at Ironbridge High School. A horrific fey attack that killed her father when she was just a child left Donna branded with iron tattoos that cover her hands and arms - and magically enhanced strength, that she now does all she can to hide. Now, after ten years of wishing for a normal life, Donna finally accepts her role in the centuries-old war against the darkest outcasts of Faerie - the dark elves. Aided by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout, Donna must save her best friend's life - and that means betraying one of the world's greatest secrets and confronting the very thing that destroyed her family.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 19mm | 219g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552563811
  • 9780552563819
  • 131,959

About Karen Mahoney

Karen Mahoney gave up on her dreams of being Wonder Woman a long time ago, but has instead settled for being a writer of urban fantasy. She has been published alongside some of her favourite authors, in anthologies like THE ETERNAL KISS and KISS ME DEADLY. She is still in complete shock about this. Karen's debut YA novel, THE IRON WITCH, will be published by Corgi in 2011. She lives in London, though she dreams of one day living in Boston.show more

Review quote

"Karen Mahoney is a brilliant storyteller, blending magic and alchemy with bold, captivating characters who step right off the page and draw you into their world. You'll fall under this book's spell" -- Richelle Mead, New York Times #1 bestselling author of the "Vampire Academy" series "Mahoney's debut sizzles with romance and alchemical swashbuckling, but it's the steadfast character of Donna Underwood that kept me hooked. Her choices, her loyalty, her determination - all make for a refreshing and captivating read" -- Tiffany Trent, author of the "Hallowmere" series and "The Unnaturalists" "This story has it all for fans of (sub)urban fantasy: vicious adversaries, devoted friendship and first romance" * Kirkus * "The Iron Witch has managed to present original ideas in what is a crowded genre, and that's something worth noting. It's perfect for fans of all things magic, fey and urban, or just readers looking for a good story to escape into" * Wondrous Reads * "The Iron Witch is an interesting combination of fairy magic and alchemy, which makes it very different to a lot of the other fairy-centric novels around at the moment. I like fairies, and I like alchemy, so I felt this was likely to be a winning combination for me and I wasn't disappointed" * The Bookbag *show more

Back cover copy

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. 'Karen Mahoney is a brilliant storyteller, blending magic and alchemy with bold, captivating characters who step right off the page and draw you into their world. You'll fall under this book's spell' - Richelle Mead, author of VAMPIRE ACADEMYshow more

Review Text

"The Iron Witch is an interesting combination of fairy magic and alchemy, which makes it very different to a lot of the other fairy-centric novels around at the moment. I like fairies, and I like alchemy, so I felt this was likely to be a winning combination for me and I wasn't disappointed"show more

Rating details

9,131 ratings
3.45 out of 5 stars
5 23% (2,127)
4 25% (2,320)
3 30% (2,783)
2 15% (1,350)
1 6% (551)

Our customer reviews

Before reading this book I hadn't come across a book based around faeries that I particularly enjoyed. I wasn't a fan of Wicked Lovely so I was a little apprehensive when it came to reading this. It definitely didn't disappoint me though, when it came down to it, it was a great read with really great characters and the story line was more than interesting. I would have liked a little more complexity throughout the story because it became a little bit predictable but no less enjoyable. Overall though I do recommend this read and I have a feeling it will get even better with book 2 in the series!show more
by Maryam H
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