Saturday, 19 February 2011

TEEN: The Iron Witch - Karen Mahoney

Release Date: 20/01/11


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.


Having kept an eye on Karen from her web appearances from a few years back, I was quite interested to see what she’d bring to the table with this, her first Young Adult novel. Whilst the title feels set in the states, it has an indomitable Britishness about it as the titles lead character discovers not only herself but has to deal with emotional conflict as well as learning who to trust in a world of danger where one slip could see her sink below the surface forever.

It’s a great read, the characters realistic and above all else it is the wonderful weaving of ancient myths into the modern interpretation that helps this title keep its feet firmly upon the ground. Add to this a great sense of pace, so me seriously delicious dialogue and the book will quickly pass without you realising how long you’ve been reading for.