Tuesday, October 10, 2023

REVIEW: The Iron Flower (The Black Witch Chronicles #2)

The Iron Flower
My Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

This was a fun read and a great follow-up to The Black Witch that picks up right where the previous book left off.

The Reaping Times have seeped out of Gardneria and into Verpacia and the University, with Marcus Vogel and the Gardnerian Mage Council imprisoning, killing or slaughtering the "Evil Ones"—anyone who's not allied with them. Which is basically everyone except the Alfsigr Elves and loosely, the Noi and Vu Trin military. To fight back against the injustice running rampant, Elloren and her band of rebel friends have joined the underground Resistance—a larger team currently helping to smuggle the oppressed groups out of the Gardnerian held territories.

And then we've got the love triangle—Elloren fighting against her ever growing feelings for the rebellious (non-Gardnerian) Yvan Guriel, while still entranced by the seductive power of Lucas Grey, who's now commander of the Fourth Division Gardnerian military base. Can she get Lucas to change his stripes, or convince Yvan to get past what the Gardnerians have done to his family?

While the ending seemed like it came on suddenly, it was definitely a Wow WTF moment. I immediately had to start on the next book. Boy, am I glad I didn't read these as soon as they came out for that very reason. Having to wait 2 years between this book and the next would've been murder!!

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