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The Iron Flower – Laurie Forest | A Book Review

The Iron Flower - Laurie Forest

Title: The Iron Flower

Author: Laurie Forest

Genre: Fantasy

About the book: It’s the second novel in the series.

I received an advanced reader’s edition from HarperCollins Canada.

First impressions: I recently read the first book, The Black Witch. I was excited to see what would happen next. The beginning picks up right where things left off.

Also, I adore the cover. It’s beautiful.

Characters: The main protagonist, Elloren, develops so much. I grew to like her more and more as the story progressed. The villains are evil in the best way possible. Forest does a good job making all the characters different and diverse.

Quote:

“Sometimes pushing the wheels of change into motion is the bulk of the battle.”

Writing: The book is longer than an average young adult novel. Still, the author creates a coherent narrative.

She builds the world gradually. Dialogue and description are both done well.

Some scenes are a bit more mature but still appropriate for a teen audience.

I liked the pacing in the first book better, but I loved the plot in the second one. It has many layers with multiple storylines.

Final thoughts: The ending is by far my favourite part. I saw some things coming, but I also didn’t see other things coming. I can’t wait for the next book to come out.

I recommend The Iron Flower if you’re a fan of young adult fantasy with some romance mixed in.


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Reading

The Black Witch – Laurie Forest | A Book Review

The Black Witch - Laurie Forest

Title: The Black Witch

Author: Laurie Forest

Genre: Fantasy

About the book: It’s the first novel in a series that follows a young protagonist named Elloren.

I received an advanced reader’s edition from HarperCollins Canada.

First impressions: I enjoyed the beginning. It sets the stage for the rest of the story.

Characters: Most of the characters are likeable. Elloren develops a lot, and she grew on me.

Both the platonic and romantic relationships were well done. I especially love the banter because it adds some humour to the story. Forest struck a nice balance between serious scenes with funny ones.

I’m glad certain characters could put aside their differences to work together towards a common goal.

Quote:

“More and more, your future will be decided by the company you keep.”

Writing: It’s long but a good read nonetheless. Despite being over 600 pages, I didn’t feel like any of the scenes dragged on too long. The pace of the plot is just right.

I appreciate how the author builds the world gradually. I could visualize various settings in my head.

The romance isn’t too in your face either.

Final thoughts: The ending ties up some loose ends but leaves several questions left to be answered in the next novel.

Overall, I liked The Black Witch more than I thought I would. I recommend it if you’re a fan of young adult fantasy.


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