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The Iron Flower

Written by: Laurie Forest
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
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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. 

©2018 Laurie Forest (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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can't wait for the next one

the story gets better and better! I love that all the characters are so genuine and true to their narrative. the story unravels in the most beautiful ways!

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  • Roxann M Garcia
  • 2018-10-01

There’s hope for the next one

I love The Black Witch and the other two ebooks but I found this one lacking. I thought the story dragged in a few places and the whole Elloren and Yvan back and forth drama was repetitive and well over played (major 🙄 with their scenes). I think this whole story could of been done in the first half of the book and left the second half to Elloren coming into her powers and finally training as the Black Witch. We all know she is the prophesied Black Witch so why draw it out for the whole 19hrs???
The book did have some good parts to it but I found myself speeding up the narration and wanting to fast forward during the tedious parts that seemed like fillers for the story.
Needless to say, the narrator did a fantastic job and I will be looking forward to the next installment. I will not give up with this series and hopefully it will be faster paced.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-22

Not much good news in this book.

I could have easily skipped this book and gone straight to the next one in the series. It was Frustrating. The story advanced very little. It got Depressing. The main character and her friends were powerless to help themselves throughout most of the story. I liked it though.

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  • Kirk
  • 2018-09-22

Better than the first one

The Iron Flower picks up right where the Black Witch left off. Unlike the first book, it doesn't take half of the story to get up to speed. Eloren is involved in a LOT of plans working to rescue people from the Mage Council's resolutions. The same characters from the first book appear, and you see a lot more of the world the series takes place in. It does get a bit depressing at times because they go from one imminent threat to the next, and it looks pretty bleak for the protagonists at times. There are some tragedies, some easily foreseeable, others pretty shocking. Same goes for the suprises, as the big suprise (or one of) at the end is pretty obvious from book 1 if you've been paying attention.

In terms of plot progression (without going into details), there are some pretty big changes in the military situation through the book. Same goes for the romance. It feels like more of a setup in other ways, but there's enough going on to be pretty satisfying. Problems you think won't get addressed until much later get taken care of in this book, which is nice. All and all, a fairly enjoyable listen, which is hard to maintain considering the length of the audiobook.

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  • Renee C
  • 2019-11-23

I really wanted to like this book

I hoped that after the first book the pace would pick up and the main characters would progress. But no. Honestly, I forwarded/skimmed through the last two hours because I was so sick of the same thing over and over.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-26

good 2nd entry

the storyline drags a bit and and there are way too many tears but it's still a great read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-09-23

I NEED the next book!!!

I sincerely hope I don’t have to wait long for the next book. I’m dying to know what happens next!!

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  • Anna Hartman
  • 2018-09-21

Entrancing

Forest has a way about her storytelling that entangles you into her world. Completely riveting, my family is upset with me because I ignored them for two days to finish this book. highly recommend.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-12-08

Narrative unravels

I enjoyed Black Witch, although it could be slow. Situations were often melodramatic to the point of frustration.

The Iron Flower also suffers from this, but to a larger degree. For example, an entire chapter is dedicated to waking from a dorm room to a dance hall. No new information is given that I can recall, and I found myself wondering what the point of it was. It really shouldn't have made it past the cutting floor.

The purple prose and repetitive descriptions increase significantly this time around, too. Everything is dark, or blazing, or fiery, or flaming, or about lines and longing. Over and over and over. This book is about 6 hours longer than the previous, and it seems like that's 6 hours of content that should have been removed.

It becomes blatantly obvious that this is a harlequin publication–there is too much focus on who's dating whom. And oy, everyone just wants to talk and stare intently at each other ALL THE TIME. A little less conversation, a little more action, please!

Plus, there's a very shallow attempt to address some extreme social problems with the idea that if only people talked, they'd immediately come to see reason. Talking is important, but it is only the beginning. The reality of clashing cultures is that they differ in foundational truths. Some outsider coming in to show them the light? People hate that crap. It's like missionaries showing up on an athiest's doorstep–nobody's interested in the message, please move along now and never come back. Social change is slow, and almost DEFINITELY does not happen during times of war.

The social etiquette also doesn't quite match up with the values attributed to a society. For example, if Gardenaria is really so chaste, there's no way a young teenaged girl would be allowed to spend loads of time with her male professor behind a closed door in his office.

Overall, the story feels like one big, bloated, and biased piece of writing that has lost its ability to portray a believable world. What a shame!

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  • Yesenia Gutierrez
  • 2019-11-21

Excellent story!!

I loved the second book!! It made me cry at so many parts!! I can’t wait for the next audio boo!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-11-05

Beautiful!

Best fantasy book I've ever read. Beautifully written, not a dull moment anywhere. Strange how a fantasy book can make stuff in real life make sense too. Book about the richness of all of our differences and magic of acceptance