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The Stone Demon (Iron Witch Series #3)
     

The Stone Demon (Iron Witch Series #3)

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by Karen Mahoney
 

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They say the truth sets you free, but they have no idea how far off base that is. Free? I don’t think so. After being tricked into opening the doorway to the Demon Realm by Aliette, the Wood Queen, Donna Underwood is faced with a terrible ultimatum from the newly released demon hordes: the alchemists must deliver the Philosopher’s Stone, or the world

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They say the truth sets you free, but they have no idea how far off base that is. Free? I don’t think so. After being tricked into opening the doorway to the Demon Realm by Aliette, the Wood Queen, Donna Underwood is faced with a terrible ultimatum from the newly released demon hordes: the alchemists must deliver the Philosopher’s Stone, or the world will be plunged into a devastating modern-day Dark Age. Donna is sent to London, where she can learn how to recreate the Stone and complete her alchemist’s training. But time is running out. As she faces Demian, the vengeful demon king, Donna realizes the awful truth about collecting the Stone’s elements. And this time, even braving death may not be enough to save the world.

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"This engrossing series conclusion does justice to its kick-ass heroine, her funny sidekick and a vulnerable romantic interest." —Kirkus Reviews
VOYA - Cynthia Winfield
The conclusion to the Iron Witch series finds seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood removed from Ironbridge, Massachusetts, to London serving out a "sentence" for having unleashed Demian the Demon King, studying under two alchemists to recreate the Philosopher's Stone. The iron tattoos wrapping both of Donna's arms not only hold her together (following a childhood tragedy) but also serve to bind her as-yet-uncontrolled powers, and have earned her the moniker Iron Witch. Firebombing of the British Museum by demons destroys the alchemical exhibits in the Enlightenment Gallery and sets the stage for Demian's demands that will require alchemists, faeries, and elves to collaborate by helping Donna recreate the Philosopher's Stone within an impossible forty-eight hours. The efforts make for dramatic storytelling that blend a few modern teens with ancient magic, wrap up past storylines, and require the heroine to martyr herself to save the world. While Mahoney's command of the story and the fantasy realms are laudable, her English usage is unusual. Within five pages, she has cheek muscles "flicker" instead of flex or twitch; a garment comprised of natural items "weaved" instead of woven; and a character "sketch" a mocking bow instead of perhaps feigning one. Eyes "flicker" in a direction instead of flick—although this last may be acceptable to British readers. Additionally, the novel opens with an epistolary exchange wherein character Navin complains of typos in Donna's well-written letter, distracting and confusing readers unnecessarily. Such weaknesses detract from what might otherwise be a very promising novel. Reviewer: Cynthia Winfield
Kirkus Reviews
"And then there's Demian. He may be a demon—the king of the demons—but at least he's true to his nature." Donna Underwood's final journal entry indicates a sneaking respect for the enemy she faces in the exciting finish of the Iron Witch trilogy. Donna starts out in London. She doesn't stay there long: The Demon King is on the move to remake the universe, and it's her job to stop him by questing for the ingredients needed to produce the Philosopher's Stone. Donna, her wisenheimer friend Navin and the half-fey Xan stand out as three-dimensional characters; others mostly exist to advance the complicated plot. Straight-talking Donna is largely on her own for this adventure, with Xan and comic-relief Navin working more or less together as a support team. In a poignant subplot, would-be boyfriend Xan pursues magic that will restore his partially remembered ability to fly. Nonstop action, cliffhangers and constantly building tension will keep readers engaged in the story. The climax is rousing, and the resolution, while bittersweet, will satisfy fans of the series. Well-integrated back story should enable readers new to the series to enjoy the story, but they would be better off beginning with the first book. This engrossing series conclusion does justice to its kick-ass heroine, her funny sidekick and a vulnerable romantic interest. (Urban fantasy. 13-16)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738733401
Publisher:
North Star Editions
Publication date:
04/08/2013
Series:
Iron Witch Series , #3
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,238,560
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

Karen Mahoney (United Kingdom) has been published in the anthologies The Eternal Kiss and Kiss Me Deadly (both by Running Press). She has a highly trafficked blog and is also part of a group blog that includes New York Timesbestselling authors. Visit her online at KazMahoney.com.

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The Stone Demon 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sabrina Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I enjoyed this series. I don’t know if it will be a reread for me but I would recommend it to YA novel readers. The overarching plot that is seen over the course of the series is finally resolved. In my opinion, it’s not completely satisfactory in the ending, but it works. It gives enough of an explanation that I will accept it. The character development was kind of slow throughout the series. A lot of things happened to them, and there were shocks to be had all around. However, in general, I feel like they were the same characters that they were at the beginning of the series, just with more understanding and communication between them. Again, I’ll accept this as this whole series took place over 3 months or so. The epilogue that we were given followed up on the relationships more than anything, and I couldn’t have been happier about that. Though it still left some questions, I was glad to know what would happen in the immediate future and the author was great about leaving it open for a continuation in the same world. Overall, I was satisfied by the conclusion, and I definitely think that if you enjoyed the installments that came before, you’ll be happy with this one. I’ll be on the lookout for any more stories coming from this universe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago