Title: The Iron Flower
Author: Laurie Forest
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.
“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.