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The Iron Butterfly

The Iron Butterfly

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by Chanda Hahn

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Imprisoned, starved and left with no memories, Thalia awakens to find herself at the mercy of an evil cult known as the Septori. Their leader has chosen Thalia as the test subject for a torture device of untold power, designed to change and twist her into something that is neither human nor Denai.
Escaping, Thalia finds an unwilling warrior to protect her and an


Imprisoned, starved and left with no memories, Thalia awakens to find herself at the mercy of an evil cult known as the Septori. Their leader has chosen Thalia as the test subject for a torture device of untold power, designed to change and twist her into something that is neither human nor Denai.
Escaping, Thalia finds an unwilling warrior to protect her and an unlikely Denai to befriend her. After finding a home at the Citadel as a servant, Thalia’s worst nightmare comes to life and she begins to show signs of power. Scared and unable to control her gifts, she tries to hide her past to fit in among the Denai. But the Septori want their latest test subject back and will stop at nothing to retrieve her, dead or alive.

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Chanda Hahn
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Iron Butterfly , #1
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12 Years

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Chanda Hahn is a New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling author. She uses her experience as a children's pastor, children's librarian and bookseller to write compelling and popular fiction for teens. She was born in Seattle, WA, grew up in Nebraska and currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband and their twins.

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The Iron Butterfly 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 840 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so drawn in that I was almost suprized when the book ened...I imediately Googled the Author to see when the next one would be released (becuase there must be a sequel) and was disapointed to find that it is "coming soon". I wish she would post a date because I want to buy it the minute its avaliable. Chanda is a new favorite of mine and the unenchanted & fairest books were also captivating...waiting on that series to continue as well!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seems that lately I have stumbled on several authors who write exceedingly well, tell compelling stories, but (a) fail to resolve a story, (b) fail to indicate that by reading the book in hand the reader is left dangling and has to either remain unsatisfied or hope that the next volume in the series resolves the story, and (c) fails to indicate that the book in hand is book number 1 of a series. The Iron Butterfly has all those attributes. Yet, it is a well-written book with few errors that deserves 5 stars for the quality of the story, characters, and writing. Unfortunately, it also deserves several demerits because the story is incomplete and because the author never indicates that one needs to purchase additional titles in the series to get a more complete story. (I did buy the followup story and am currently reading it. It, too, is well written with well-constructed chartacters and storyline. I do not yet know if the story is resolved or whether I will need to wait for more books in the series.) The opening pages are particularly compelling. They draw you into the story and introduce the key characters of Kael and Thalia. If you like fantasy with well-developed characters who are in conflict, you will like this book. I recommend it as long as you understand that the story is incomplete and requires additional book purchases that will hopefully resolve the story.
M_McRoberts More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this story. After reading [book:UnEnchanted|13402447] and [book:Fairest|14745338] I was looking to read something else in this fun author's style. Her writing is fun, unique, has a clear voice, and after reading and enjoying the other series, I was excited to try this book. I am sooooo drawn in. I love the premise behind it. There is so much shrouded in mystery in this book, and the author carefully reveals pieces of information to the reader as the protagonist finds things out for herself. I can't wait until more books are put out in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book i coilsnt put it down i wouldnt stop reading until i was done this crazy plot line was what i liked the most i for sure love this book.
chibilee02 More than 1 year ago
There are times when you start a book by a favorite author that you may start feeling a little a disappointed with it's beginning and fear that the rest of the story may well be the same. But then, the further you go into the story you read the familiar aspects that made the author one of your favorites and hence pick up the book. I feared being disappointed with The Iron Butterfly, but by the end I was totally engrossed in the story and will definitely pick up the next book. What gave me the feeling of possible disappointment was the beginning. It was a little slow, having to give a backdrop of Thalia's experiences and personality. Even once they reached the Citadel and her being settled there, the pace was still unhurried. This is the point where you may decide to not continue on, but I am so glad I stuck with it. Once it started to focus on Thalia's plight, both figuring out what she is, what's she's capable of and the interactions she has with Joss, Kael, and Syrani, the story really picks up and you can't help but be caught up in it. If you have read Hahn's other series (UnFortunate Fairy Tale series), you will recognize details that were present there such as the outcast, self doubting heroine, the enigmatic stranger/ally, charming and caring potential love interest, and the popular girl bullying the heroine all interacting against the backdrop of fighting against a dangerous presence set on destroying the heroine. It's very easy for it to be repetitive and dull, but Hahn manages to do the opposite and write a story that may have similar motifs but be a great story on its own merit.  This is a well written, creative story that captures your attention. When you reach the end you are left wanting to read more and find out what happens. I am happy to say that despite my initial misgivings, I am very pleased with the book and will definitely be reading the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i first bought this book i was nervous about how good it was going to be because it was free. But now i find myself wanting sencond book.overall this was a great book despite there not being a second yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it was so good if you like this one you need to read unenchanted (also really good). This book is ages 10+ i am 12 i love so muchhh!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real cliff hanger,it kept me hanging on to every word! Everything made perfect sense and fit in the intricate story line perfectly. I would highly recommend this book to any girl that likes magical mythical worlds filled with dark plots filled with romance ,self-conflicting thoughts and, close run in's! I WILL be purchasing book number two.....The Steele Wolf
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Can't wait for the next one! If anyone reading this review hasn't read Unenchanted or Fairest, that is the next book you need to read. Both The Iron Butterfly and The Unfortunate Fairytale series are amazing books. I have read both books multiple times. Keep up the amazing work Chanda!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story is interesting. But the editing was so bad that it was distracting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a good book. From the very first chapter I was wondering what was going to happen next. There is a couple of inappropriate words for kids under 10. Overall, I highly reccomend this book for anyone who is looking for a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it so much!!!!!but there is so much detail that it gets confusing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Try it. It will draw you in, and keep you completely entertainded.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an absolute wonder! Once you begin reading it, you'll keep swiping the pages and never want to put it down. Its almost like the best fantasy you could imagine without having to create it yourself. Read this book. You'll wish there were 20 more books like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stats: 700+ nook pages. Free! Fantasy/SciFi with dash of YA romance. A great plot with interesting characters. FYI the second book is around $3 but only has 200 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The majority of this book....I could predict what would happen next. It felt a little too predictable at times. Also, the constant repeating of her supposed and assumed"deaths" was really annoying. However, i still enjoyed it. It was fun to read and i was sad when the book ended because it had really grabbed my attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much. I couldnt put it down. Great story. After i finished reading this book i had to check to see what other books this author had but was disapointed to see she only had two more books and they were not the sequel to iron butterfly. I really wanted to read more about thalia and whether she made it home or not. I shall have to keep my eyes and ears open to see if she has anything coming up regarding this story. Chandra, you are my new favorite author. Brilliant writing. I would easily give this a five star rating. Amazing read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is interesting, but I have to wonder if anyone edited, or even proofread, this book.  There are so many grammatical and punctuation (even spelling errors!) that it is just distracting when reading.  I don't understand why there are so many declarative statements followed by question marks?  ;)  Although the story is interesting, the writing is mediocre and the book is in desperate need of an editor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put the book down, when the battery on my nook died I went crazy because I couldn't charge it fast enough. This is definately one of the best books I've ever read I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good start to what I believe will be a fantastic story. The dynamics of the story will keep you guessing as to who is in cahoots with the bad guys. This story is a good beginning introducing the readers to the different characters in the book. I am not sure if Thalia should ultimately be paired with golden boy or dark and mysterious. I will soon buy and read the second installment to the story. Good going Chanda Hahn!
Mother_of_a_preteen More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The main character is a strong and kind young woman who tries to always choose the right. The main character goes through awful challenges, overcomes them with the help of trusted friends and magic or powers, and expresses some love interest and confusion that goes with that. I bought the next book and loved it too. There were a few editting errors, but I found if I highlighted them I could move on. Looking back at my highlights, there really were not that many. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good for most ages, written skillfully, and pretty much the best free ebook l have read. Don't be afraid to get it- you wil never regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I would reccomend this book. It is a adventureas book and has a little romantic side. I love this book. I am going to buy the next book that continues it Steele Wolf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was free , def one of the best free read out there , i love the series , the love story is intense ,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED IT!  For those that do not know, the sequel is called The Steele Wolf.  The Iron Butterfly was once written as one book but was then broken up into two.  The second is much shorttershorter but it sets you up for the third book, (no title announced yet).  I went to the author's site and she said it was to be released Spring of this year.   Hears hoping!