Release Date: 02/02/12
Born into the mysterious world of an ancient alchemical order, Donna has always been aware of the dark feud that exists between the alchemists and the fey. Her own mother - bound by a dark Faerie curse - has been confined to a hospital bed for as long as she can remember ...But now there is a chance to release her, and Donna will stop at nothing until she is free. Armed with her own brand of powerful magic, Donna must face the fearsome Wood Queen in order to save her mother. But in the Ironwood - a place that haunts Donna's dreams - there is far greater and more dangerous magic already at work...
I loved Karen’s original novel, The Iron Witch, so when I heard that the second title was coming out I really couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. After all if she continued to world build and draw the reader in the way she had in the first book, it was going to be a series that was hard to miss. However on the downside, if she hadn’t done her work and let the title down a little due to pressure, it could damage her career.
What unfurls within is a story that allows Donna to grow emotionally as well as physically with twists and turns that allow the world to not only breathe but work its way deeper into the readers unconsciousness. Add to this solid prose, great descriptives and of course an author whose writing style guides rather than forces the path. All in a cracking story and one that really will establish Karen to the Young Adult world. Magic.