The Iron Flower (Black Witch Chronicles Series #2)

The Iron Flower (Black Witch Chronicles Series #2)

by Laurie Forest

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Overview

Dark forces are on the rise in this sweeping sequel to The Black Witch by critically acclaimed author Laurie Forest.



Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs when they rescued a Selkie and freed a military dragon. The last thing they expected was to be thrust into a realm-wide underground resistance against Gardnerian conquest.



While the Resistance struggles to fight back against the harsh rulings of the Mage Council, more and more Gardnerian soldiers descend upon the University…led by none other than Lukas Grey, now commander of the nearby military base. Though Elloren tries to keep him at arm's length, Lukas is determined to tie himself to her, still convinced that she is the heir to the power of the Black Witch, a legacy of magic that will decide the future of all Erthia. As his own magic calls out to her, seeking to awaken a dark force within, Elloren finds it more and more difficult to believe that she's truly powerless, as her uncle always claimed.



Caught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas, Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect everyone she loves…even if that means protecting them from herself.





Critics are raving about Laurie Forest's incredible debut, The Black Witch:



“Elloren learns to question authority and Gardnerian history, while developing real empathy for different races and species. Forest uses a richly imagined magical world to offer an uncompromising condemnation of prejudice and injustice.” —Booklist, starred review



“Exquisite character work, an elaborate mythology, and a spectacularly rendered universe make this a noteworthy debut, which argues passionately against fascism and xenophobia.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review



“This briskly paced, tightly plotted novel enacts the transformative power of education, creating engaging characters set in a rich alternative universe with a complicated history that can help us better understand our own.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335917393
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Series: Black Witch Chronicles Series , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 21,843
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Laurie Forest lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont, where she sits in front of a wood stove drinking strong tea and dreaming up tales full of dryads, dragons and wands. She is the author of The Black Witch Chronicles, including The Black Witch, The Iron Flower and the prequel e-novella Wandfasted. Enter her realm online at www.laurieannforest.com.

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The Iron Flower 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I can’t wait for the next book
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Anonymous 11 months ago
This is a continuation of the Black Witch, starting off where it ended. Assuming you have read the first book, Elloren is now part of the Resistance that does not believe Vogel should be the Head. Elloren now realizes the discrimination and problems that go on within her own race, and addresses them strongly in this book. However, there are some plot twists that broke my heart a few times. Yvan's and Elloren's relationship strengthens and they start spending more time together. Unlike the last book, this book is more fast-paced, with plenty of actions and plot twists to keep you engaged for a long time. In other words, unputdownable. I am actually quite happy with how the climax turned out. The conflict was solved satisfyingly and yet still suspensefully, which truly surprises me. Elloren soon discovers what she wants to be in life, and the other characters such as Ariel, Yvan, Marina, Valasca, and Garrett become better developed, and some of it change my views on them as a person. I wish to not spoil, so I will just say that the ending is sad and defintely hints another sequel. Out of all the chracters so far, my favorite would have to be Diana because of her self-confidence and sassy personality. Overall, this book was AMAZING. I most likely would have rated it 5/5 if Yvan and Elloren's relationship didn't annoy me as much as it should have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great+read++
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So in love with this series
Karyl-Ahn-White_7 More than 1 year ago
The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest This book jumps right in where The Black Witch (TBW) left off, with Elloren and friends in tow, now fighting with the resistance to keep the Gardnerians from seizing control of the entire Western Realm. She again is forced to confront biases and bigotry and continues to encounter new forms of prejudice among new characters and races she meets in this second installment of the series. If you liked TBW as much as I did, you’ll love this one too. There are some differences though. There is a lot more romance involved in this book. A love triangle becomes a central point of the book, in fact. While it detracted somewhat from what made me enjoy the first book so much, it wasn’t too overpowering. It did, however, drag out quite a bit and that became a bit frustrating at times. Verpacia is becoming a more perilous place and Gardnerian soldiers are gaining more strength in numbers. Lukas Grey is also now the commander of the fourth division base. As you can probably surmise, the love triangle is one in which Elloren is caught between Lukas and Yvan. (They are always drawn to the bad boys, aren’t they?) She has different reasons to be attracted to both though Lukas admittedly is only after the power he thinks she has as a descendant of The Black Witch. Yvan himself, seems to wax and wane regarding his feelings for her but she doesn’t know why, of course. This makes things even more confusing for her. Thus, she is somewhat torn between the two. TBH, it felt a bit off kilter for her to even entertain a pull towards Lukas, as he is the depiction of everything she is hoping to change in her world. This also what I like about her character; she is fallible. She can make mistakes and wrong choices, but her heart is good, and she is continually learning and growing stronger in her own self-identity. The book was very emotional for me. personally. I even cried at times. She is compelled by the resistance to “play both sides”, which puts her closer to Lukas and creates more romantic tension between the two of them. It also puts her in the position of having to hide her new belief system and be shoved back into the people with the same thought patterns she was taught when she was growing up. She finds herself in a duplicitous and uneasy predicament. She is trying to save all those she has grown to care about, but will she lose herself in the process? This book was absolutely riveting for me. There were highs and lows that were extreme. I didn’t expect to be so emotionally invested in these characters, but I was. This book was just as good as the first and I enjoyed it immensely. The characters and plot were well developed. The settings were written with meticulous descriptiveness. The writing was impeccable. The only teensy thing that I didn’t care for was that the book dragged just a bit. Otherwise another fantastic read that I would highly recommend. I can hardly wait to read the third book! 5/5. I was given this book by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own. This review, or portions thereof, will be posted (when able) on Amazon, Goodreads, Kobo, B&N, Litsy, FB, Pinterest, BAM, Bookbub, and my own blog.
AFCTL More than 1 year ago
Wow! Let me say this. Who needs a time gap between books? The Iron Flower picks up almost instantly after The Black Witch, and with so many twists and turns in the plot, trust me when I say it is extremely difficult to keep spoilers off of this page. I swear that I gained whiplash from this amazing addition to the Black Witch Chronicles! I did not enjoy, however, how The Iron Flower suddenly became more dependent on, yep, you guessed it, a love dynamic. “We shouldn’t” is good and scandalous for a while, and then I start to cringe. To be fair, heaps of things tied together in this book, yet there was an element of predictability there, which I was hoping to be proved wrong about. I was a bit disappointed when I got part of the ending I had predicted because it took the fun out of reading the book. I am going to have to leave this review here, readers, as I am worried I will either tempt you too much, put you off, or spoil the book for you if I continue writing. Let me just say, my friends who say “tell me what happens!... Wait! No! I need to wait!” are more than explanatory about how you should feel about this upcoming addition.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last Black Witch but has no powers of her own. She has also lived a semi sheltered life and is unaware of a lot of the various races except for her small village teachings. She has learned the hard way that the Gardnerian’s have abuse and exploited these races over the years especially with the help of her grandmother. Now the various races are ready to fight back to gain their freedom. Elloren has been verbally and physically abused since she looks just like her grandmother and that she is a Gardnerian. But she has had enough of how the other races have been treated and joins the resistance to help fight with them. But she also has her own challenges to face. The mage counsel has deemed it that anyone not wand fasted by 16 years of age will be fasted to whom they deem fit, Aunt Vyvian is going to get her wish one way or another. I would have had no problem with this book if that is the main content. But I have to say the whole love triangle with Yvan got to be so irritating. I’m not a fan of love triangles anyway but this one just bogged the story down. I almost just put the book down then. But I persisted and the story did get better. I will say that there were some unexpected moments that kept things interesting and the ending was a surprise. That was a good twist although I kinda had that one pegged. Overall it continued the story on from The Black Witch and expanded the world a little. I don’t know if I want to continue this series, I’m going to have to think about it for a little bit. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
Mel-Loves-Books More than 1 year ago
“He swallows hard, his gaze scorching. ‘If I kiss you,’ he says, his voice low and rough, ‘there is no way I’ll ever be able to let you go.’” I really feel like this series does not get enough love. I love the world that Laurie Forest has built and I think the over all theme of the story about overcoming prejudices is a wonderful thing to address. The fantasy elements, and the romance are wonderfully written and a joy to read. Its a book that you keep thinking about even when you aren’t reading it. This book was even better than the first, which I also loved. I give The Iron Flower 5 stars and will impatiently anticipate the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next in series
Pi-E More than 1 year ago
One of favorite authors, Robin Hobb, recommended Laurie Forest's Black Witch series, and now she is another author who is one of my favorites. It starts with the Black Witch, Ironwood Flower and there are two pre-sequels = Light Mage and Wandfasted. The hardest part is waiting for the story to continue in this series..
Verkruissen More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of the best books I have read this year. If I could give it 10 stars I would! The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest is the second book in an amazing series, The Black Witch Chronicles, which is about a girl who everyone feels may be the next fabled Black Witch to destroy the land. This book was even better than the first. It was fast paced, emotionally charged (I cried twice!) and also introduces us to new friends and enemies. The emotions drawing her to Yvan become increasingly more complicated as he refuses to let her know about his power and what it might mean he is. Her ties to Lukas become risky as the resistance urges her to use that connection to find out more information to pass to the rebels and her aunts increasing insistence that she wandfast to Lukas is pushing Elloren into dangerous territory that will force her to question her loyalty to her aunt and everything she grew up believing in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth the read. Best series I’ve read in a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
SRKirchner More than 1 year ago
I had no idea I could read 600 pages in one day, but I guess I just needed the right motivation. Every time I closed the book and tried to go about my daily routine, I found myself drawn back to it. I just had to know what happened next! I ranted and I laughed and I gasped and I cheered and now I'm just sad that the next book won't be out for AGES! The journey Elloren and her friends undertake in The Iron Flower is gripping, heart-wrenching and mesmerizing. There were times I was so caught up in the story that I jumped when my son came into the room. Over the course of the book, I grew to love all of the side characters in the same way Elloren did...slowly through their deeds and their personalities. I want to be best friends with Diana! I loved how the author doled out little bits of them so my perspective on them changed right along with Elloren's. Growth isn't something that happens to us. We grow and change with our experiences, and this book shows that beautifully. I've had my suspicions about the plot twist since the first book, but it still took my breath away when it was revealed! I wavered in my feelings toward Lukas throughout the book, but like Elloren, I kept being drawn back to Yvan. The growth of their relationship was absolutely beautiful and I can't wait to see what happens next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just could not put the book down. Play with my emotions. Next please asap!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It starts off with preparations for the Yule Ball that Lukas asked her to at the beginning of the first book, back when she was totally innocent. After having read the story about the heroine's parents meeting, I was reminded of the way that Laurie Forest described affinity lines that were similar. He gave her a necklace which is going to stoke her magical ability. He should have wandtested her himself, honestly. In the first book, it's good that she fails her wandtest. But Lukas understands that there's something inside of her, something that is dormant. And he thinks that she's beautiful as well. I'm upset by the way that Lupines are treated. I don't like the way that the noose is tightening. I'm heartbroken about Aislinn and her part in male-dominated society. She'd rather consign herself to eternal misery than take happiness where she finds it. I hate Aislinn Greer. She refused to grasp the power that she has been given. She knowingly lets herself be brutalized over and over, never lifting a hand to stop the physical abuse. She'd rather give up the love of her life to be killed than ever use her own position to do what she can. She is too stupid to live. I recognize that this book is theoretically about Elloren Gardner and the choices she makes. People have commented on several big points, including the mobs engaging in something like Kristallnacht. Her decision to stay back for her dying uncle was stupid. I know that it's meant to be heroic, but she's lucky that her outcome still left her standing. It could've been much worse. She's far from a strong and brave fantasy heroine. When faced with hard choices, she cringes from them. She should've acted before now to diminish her aunt's power over her life. She has not. She should've saved Uncle Edwin when he came to see her. She did not. She's a deeply flawed character who is content to be a damsel in distress. She might be upset, but she's not truly effective. My hope is that in the third book, she finds a spine and Aislinn does, too. They're supposed to be clever, even in a society that oppresses women. But they let people hurt them over and over, even when given a path to freedom. It's as if someone gave the Elder Wand to Ron Weasley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has barely been out 24 hours and I have already read the whole thing. Its been a long time since I’ve read a book this good. I could not put it down! I can’t wait to read the next one... although I have a pretty long wait ahead of me probably.