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The Iron Witch


The child of alchemists, Donna Underwood feels cursed by her magical heritage. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. But when the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct her best friend, Donna must accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey.

Format: Ebook
ISBN: 9780738729886
Series: The Iron Witch Series, Flux
Tags:  Reading Level: Grades 9-12, Interest Level: Grades 9-12, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Romance

When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed Donna Underwood’s father and drove her mother mad. Her own nearly fatal injuries were fixed by alchemy—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. Now seventeen, Donna feels like a freak, doomed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. Only her relationship with her best friend, Navin, is keeping her sane. But when vicious wood elves abduct Navin, Donna is forced to accept her role in the centuries-old war between human alchemists and these darkest outcasts of Faerie. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous guy with faery blood running through his veins and secrets of his own, Donna races to save Navin—even if it means betraying everything her parents fought to the death to protect.

Copyright: 2011
Page Count: 312
Lexile: 870L
Rights Territory:  AG; AI; AW; BB; BL; BM; BS; BZ; CA; CR; CU; DM; DO; GP; GT; HN; HT; JM; MF; KN; KY; LC; MQ; MS; MX; NI; PA; PM; PR; SV; TC; TT; US; VC; VG; VI
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / General
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / General
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

Karen Mahoney (United Kingdom) has been published in the anthologies The Eternal Kiss and Kiss Me Deadly (both by Running Press). She has a highly trafficked blog and is also part of a group blog that includes New York Timesbestselling authors. Visit her online at

Reviews and Awards

“This story has it all for fans of (sub)urban: vicious adversaries, devoted friendship and first romance.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Dark and beautiful, sensual and dangerous, utterly enthralling … You’ll fall under this book’s spell.” — Richelle Mead, New York Times best-selling author

“Teen girls will love the descriptions of Donna’s feelings about her new love interest, and the details about clothing, friendship, and her attempts to fit in. Fantasy lovers will enjoy reading about a different world trying to hide in ours. This book should prove to be the beginning of a popular series.” — School Library Journal

“Mahoney’s debut sizzles with romance and alchemical swashbuckling … A captivating read.” — Tiffany Trent, author of In the Serpent’s Coils

“Dark around the edges, but shiny at heart, this is a worthy addition to the YA paranormal shelf.” — Michael M. Jones

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