Review & ARC Giveaway: The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney

There are quite a few new YA paranormals coming out this week, but one of my favorites is Karen Mahoney’s The Iron Witch. Really? A new take on witches and faery and elves? You bet! 


When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed Donna Underwood’s father and drove her mother mad. Her own nearly fatal injuries were fixed by alchemy—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. Now seventeen, Donna feels like a freak, doomed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. Only her relationship with her best friend, Navin, is keeping her sane. But when vicious wood elves abduct Navin, Donna is forced to accept her role in the centuries-old war between human alchemists and these darkest outcasts of Faerie. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous guy with faery blood running through his veins and secrets of his own, Donna races to save Navin—even if it means betraying everything her parents fought to the death to protect.
Karen Mahoney is the author of The Iron Witch, the first book in a trilogy that continues in 2012 with The Wood Queen. She has also published stories about a kick-ass teen vampire called Moth in The Eternal Kiss and Kiss Me Deadly. Karen is British and currently lives near London. Visit Karen Mahoney online at and

MY THOUGHTS: This is one of those books that built and built. Then, suddenly, it was over and I was beating the wall and cursing unanswered questions. So, it is definitely the first in a series. The worldbuilding is first-rate, and I loved the use of alchemy. I mean, ALCHEMY–how cool is that?! The bad guys are smarmy and creepy, Donna is loveable and sympathetic (although, sorry, I did want to slap her BFF Navin around a bit), and Xan is one hot guy. Can’t wait to see where this one goes next year with The Wood Queen. *tapping foot and waiting*
Want to win an ARC of The Iron Witch? Leave a comment and tell me your favorite ELF. If you don’t have one, you can always say “Trent Kalamack”–not that I’m trying to influence you. As always, +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow, and +1 for Tweet / Retweet.
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate’s Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man’s Curse; Black Diamond).

42 thoughts on “Review & ARC Giveaway: The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney

  1. Mine is Dobby! Wellm okay, I’ll add Trent Kalamack, but Dobby still wins, sorry!!!

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    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  2. Oo, definitely Dobby!

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    bookluv @ ymail . com

  3. DOBBY! OMG, I forgot about Dobby and his hats. Can’t believe we have only one Legolas…but Becky, I liked Elrond as well. I’m still holding onto Trent Kalamack, though.

  4. I feel terribly unoriginal, but really, who wasn’t in love with Orlando Bloom’s depiction of Legolas? I know I sure was.

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  5. Yep, sorry. I’ll have to add to the chorus of unoriginality, but I love Legolas from the movies. 🙂 He defined everything about elves as a race of power rather than of humor (like Santa’s elves).

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  6. I used to be in love with Legolas, but I’m now very appreciative of the elves who helped out the shoemaker.

    Thank you, Suzanne!

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  7. I had a fondness for Tanis Half-Elven (D&D) as well as Legolas

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  8. +1 comment
    +1 GFC follower (jennifer)
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    I cannot think of any elves so I will say: Trent Kalamack

    jennifer.kalman at gmail dot com

  9. I have to say that I like Ceri better than Trent. She at least makes Rachel’s life somewhat beter, but Trent is a great adversary. I also have to add Legalos to that list as well. 🙂


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  10. Well I was going to say you persuaded me and vote for Trent Kalamack but as soon as I read the comments I just knew that I would have to go with all the others and say DOBBY !

    We got a new puppy two months ago and when considering what to call him he named himself Dobby. They do that you know, puppies actually tell you what their name is.

    Thanks for the giveaway and if it is open worldwide as usual, please enter me.


    Carol T

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