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The Iron Flower

(The Black Witch Chronicles #2)

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Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs, but their actions have propelled them straight into the ranks of the realm-wide Resistance against Gardnerian encroachment. As the Resistance struggles against the harsh rulings of High Priest Marcus Vogel and the Mage Council, Elloren begins to realize that none of the people she cares about will be ...more
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Harlequin Teen
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Beth As far as I know, there hasn’t been an official announcement regarding how long the series will be. My educated guess is that it will be a minimum of…moreAs far as I know, there hasn’t been an official announcement regarding how long the series will be. My educated guess is that it will be a minimum of 4. I did a little digging, and it looks like publishing rights were originally bought for two books back in 2015. This doesn’t mean that the series was ever planned to only be two books long. Publishers frequently only purchase the beginning books of a series, see how it performs, and then decide whether to buy the rights to more books (or the remaining books depending on the series length) or just drop the series. However, if it was definitively planned to be a trilogy, the original deal probably would have been for all three books instead of just two out of the planned three. Also, in mentioning book 3, there has been no indication by the author that it is the final book in the series. Here is an excerpt from an interview right before TBW was published: “Book Two is written, as is half of Book Three (and the outline for the entire series).” From that you can definitely infer that there will be more than three books.(less)

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Laurie
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Busy editing The Iron Flower today - very excited to share the continuing story with you all in 2018 - thank you to all my readers for so much support and enthusiasm for this series and its anti-prejudice message. #grateful (and I can't wait to share the cover with you).
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
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All my theories from the first book are null and void! My head is so confused and foggy. My heart just hurts!

*Spends rest of day starting off vacantly*
Scrill
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, arc
UGHHHHH SO GOOOOOOOOD. Full RTC.

ARC provided by the publisher for a fair review. YAYY!

January 1, 2018
When did this cover come out!? I love it! Gimme!!

August 18, 2017
I need this in my life.
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 4.5 Stars *****

Cannot be read as a standalone.

I want to cry right now....
I want to cry because the next book isn't available yet!!!

The Iron Flower is even better than the first book. All the characters are wonderfully written, and the relationship between Elloren and Yvan is so heartfelt.

This story is dark and ugly. High Priest Marcus Vogel rules the land and plans on purifying the race and conquering neighboring territories. It isn't safe anywhere, and Elloren and her diverse group of fr
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Solomon ~ TheBookishKing
June 24th:

I finally wrote my review!

You can read the full thing on my blog HERE!

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June 23rd:

I just finished this after devouring the final 300 pages today! This is sooooo good and it makes me so so sad that more people are not reading this series due to Lots of Reader Issues a couple years ago with The Black Witch. BUT ANYWAYS, The Iron Flower is such a fantastically beautiful book and so many SHOCKERS that I was dumbfounded. Laurie Forest really just blew it out the water with this one, so so
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Iryna (Book and Sword)
2/5 stars
DNF at 33 %


So not the rating I thought I was going to be giving this book, I was pretty sure that this would have been a 5 star, boy was I wrong. Gorgeous cover though, so that's something.

To start off, I'm not giving this 1 star, despite having dnf-d it, because I only save 1 stars for books I really did not like. And I just didn't care for Iron Flower, it's not a bad book, but it isn't a book for me, unfortunately. The Black Witch was though, so I honestly have no idea how the book w
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Laura
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this sequel to The Black Witch, the controversial YA fantasy book that explores racism by way of a world filled with many races such as Urisks, Lupines, Kelts, Fae, Icarals, etc. who all have their own prejudices against each other. In the first book, we saw a young girl overcome the ignorance she was raised with and learn to be better. In this sequel, we see tensions rise in Verpacia and a need for the Resistance to act. Elloren finds herself torn between Lukas Grey and Yvan. ...more
Rylee (Hermit Odysseus)
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
If you like added gifs, you can also check out my review here! =)

If you liked the first, chances are you’ll like the sequel. It carries on in the same vein as the first with predictable plot progression but an unfortunate lack of character growth. Grammatically, I have zero issues. The book was actually very well written. My inner English major was content that I didn’t have any hang-ups that pulled me out of the story. And story-wise, the characters and plot are consistent with what was establi
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Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: july-2018
*I was lucky enough for NetGalley and Harlequin Teen to approve me for this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Holy Jesus! I did not see that twist coming! I still can't even fully process what just happened and I'm so upset that I have so long to read the next one. You can't just leave a girl hanging like that!!!

Okay, let my try and reign myself in here. The Iron Flower, in my opinion, is even better than The Black Witch, it's still very very heavy handed in it's ideals and such but that's th
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Megan
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book in less than 24 hours. I couldn’t put it down. I cried, I screamed at certain parts, I was happy to see some of my thought of what might happen in the next book come true. The worst part of this experience is the fact that none of my friends have read it yet so I can’t cry on a friend’s shoulder for support.

Laurie Forrest did an amazing job on the sequel, I can’t wait to read it again. This is flat out my favorite book of the year, it was filled with Elloreen still fighting
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Eryn
Sep 03, 2018 marked it as soon-to-be-read
This is coming out this month! I'm excited to see where Forest takes us in this installment. :)
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
This sequel to The Black Witch, which caused a massive explosion of outrage on Twitter and Goodreads when it was published last year (IMO the accusations of various types of phobias/prejudice/White Saviorism/etc. leveled against it were mostly unfair and not based on a true read of the text), will be published next week, Sept. 18, 2018. It's queued up in my read list.

The big question in my mind: how hard has the author and her publisher worked to make sure this won't offend ANYONE? Pretty hard,
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Attack Salmon
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: game-of-thrones
I find this super dissapointing considering I loved The Black Witch and ..... I have a ship

The Black Witch series have created great awareness regarding racism but its getting very old when the two novellas and now the second book also talks about racism.

In Iron Flower, we have to keep reading about how oppressive Kelt/Gardneria is and Elloren always have to listen to someone else's sob story. The whole chunk of it is Elloren trying to save oppressed ppl, trying to be the perfect superhero. It
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Ails
ACTUAL RATING: 4.5 STARS

I didn't like Elloren that much in the first book but the story was great so I was definitely looking forward to reading The Iron Flower.

And WOW.

I'm glad I decided to continue on with this series!

Here's a summarized/short review for now:

PLOT - 4.5 (So goooood!)
WRITING STYLE - 4.5
CHARACTERS - 4.5 (Diana is my absolute favorite! And there's definitely character development.)
ROMANCE - 5 (I loved the tension between Elloren and Yvan so much + Diana and Rafe were couple goals
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Fen'Harel
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book!
Here is my review of the book! I'm trying not to include spoilers, but please read with caution and I'll try to catch anything I might write by accident! I only had one issue with the book and that will be addressed but, just so you know, this novel was great!

What a breath of fresh air. Laurie Forest seriously knows how to write epic fantasy. Forest knows she doesn't need a book filled with plot for the sake of plot - sometimes it's nice to have mome
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Holden (malfunctions without books)
IT HAS A COVERRR. And it’s gorgeous!!
Selene Kallan
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, epic, young-adult
I'm stunned.
I have a serious book hangover, and I'm currently unable to give a proper review.
The Iron Flower wrecked me.
It went kinda like this:

YES!
Wow.
What?!!
NOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Why?
Oh, dear gods! YES!
*Swooning*
AWWWWW, so cute.
I can't believe it!
It was about time.
I did not expected that.
NO! NO! NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I cried, I laughed, I swooned.

I need more.

Laurie Forest is amazing.

Full review to come once I get out of the shock.

UPDATE 26/07/18
“Welcome to the resistance.”
The final line of The Black Wit
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Holly
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an e-arc copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It feels wrong not address what happened to the first book in this series. The Black Witch (TBW) got a lot of undeserved negative feedback, almost unanimously coming from people who did not take the time to read the book themselves to form their own opinions and simply went ahead rating the book one star while all linking back to the same review. This flew in the face of book reviewing conventions and promoted
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Sujitha  Alexander
Aug 11, 2017 marked it as to-read
*anxiously awaiting* I need to wait till May 2018 :(
Adelina
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Not a fan of the first book cover, but this one is gorgeous
Perla The IB Teen Book Blogger
Without giving anything away, this book picks up exactly where it left off (which makes sense since Laurie Forest told me that most of the two books had originally been one long one), and immediately sweeps you up into extreeme FEELINGS of big important STUFF! I want to say everything, but the September release date is a long ways away.

Elloren has grown as a person in leaps and bounds from where she began in Black Witch- I LOVE her heart. The book is full of passion, and tension, danger, and he
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Amanda
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My oh my!! I love Laurie Forest and I love this series and I love this world!!! I'm going to die having to wait so long for the next book!!! This series is amazing and wonderful and heart breaking and so very relevant! I love that Laurie Forest doesn't hold back. I adored the first book and this one did not disappoint, I may love it more! Laurie Forest is now an instant buy author for me! 😍😍
Brittany
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not going to share any spoilers, but this book had a lot more action than the first one, and it was an emotional roller coaster all the way through. Just like the first book, it leaves you anxiously waiting for the next book to come out!
Jess
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes the Goodreads First Reads gods smile at you. When I received that golden ticket email informing me that the First Reads gods found favor with me and were sending me this ARC; a brief period of fan girl shrieking might have occurred....

I reread The Black Witch in anticipation and to allow myself to be in readiness to read The Iron Flower. Laurie Forest does not disappoint. I couldn't put it down. A personal litmus test for me that hallmarks what makes a book "really good" is when it kee
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Megan
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jennifer Zamora
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Exquisitely written. I marvel at the character developments and the progression of the story. Truly, one of the best books I have read this year.
Antonia
Aug 04, 2017 is currently reading it
That cover is gorgeous. September can't come soon enough!
Caroline Hanssen
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was provided with an e-ARC by the publisher via edelweiss for an honest review.

After I finished "The Black Witch" I really didn't know what to do with myself, all I knew is that I needed to get my hands on "The Iron Flower" asap! So thank you for approving me for this ARC!

I could not put this book down, and probably wouldn't have either if I didn't have to do boring things like, you know, work, sleep, eat and be social. Most of this book was pretty unpredictable, but I really thought that the
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Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
I want this book NOWWW! How beautiful is that cover?
Erika Gill
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of The Iron Flower through Netgalley.

I'm so glad I tried out the first book of this series, and loved it. The sequel did not let me down, I loved how the story developed, but the stakes remained reasonable. It's very difficult to find a fantasy series where the character development and conflicts pace evenly and well, and Laurie Forest does a great job of keeping you on the edge of your seat, and not making you sit back and scoff.

One of my favorite things about The Iron Flowe
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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, WANDFASTED, LIGHT MAGE & THE IRON FLOWER. She is busily working on THE SHADOW DRYAD (Book 3.0 of The Black Witch Chronicles - working title).

Other books in the series

The Black Witch Chronicles (3 books)
  • The Black Witch (The Black Witch Chronicles, #1)
  • Untitled (The Black Witch Chronicles, #3)