The Iron Flower

The Iron Flower

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...

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Title:The Iron Flower
Author:Laurie Forest
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The Iron Flower Reviews

  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

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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*

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    Elloren Gardner and her friends continue to help the resistance against the Gardnerian government as they encounter more and more social injustices. Each time they feel like they make any progress their hopes are squashed again and again as all hell breaks loose with the more power Gardneria gets in Verpacia.

    Okay, so I think if you liked the first book you will really like this one. Despite ho

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    Elloren Gardner and her friends continue to help the resistance against the Gardnerian government as they encounter more and more social injustices. Each time they feel like they make any progress their hopes are squashed again and again as all hell breaks loose with the more power Gardneria gets in Verpacia.

    Okay, so I think if you liked the first book you will really like this one. Despite how dense this book was, I gobbled it all up.

    Taking off pretty much where it left off in the first book, Eloren’s character learns more and more about what’s wrong about her people and religion. Meanwhile, she, and everyone else, is just trying to survive. Like the first, this book brings out a lot of real life prejudices and social problems that is intricately woven into a fantasy setting.

    If you’re like me, and like a good love triangle then strap in. This book takes the confusion emotions of attraction and not only keeps Elloren confused about what she should do, but draws out the romance through the entire book. I was strangling my book and screaming KISS ALREADY! Because, I ship them so much. And Forest has made internal magic seem so ridiculously sexy. If you read it, you will know what I’m talking about.

    While I had a lot of theories about how the book would end, I did have one lingering in my mind that had me thinking, I freaking knew it. Poor Solomon had to put up with all my reaction snapchats and theories throughout my day

    This book has such detailed world building. Not only do we get a descriptive look at the surrounding world, but palpable magic that affects Elloren in a way that gets my heart racing.

    In this second book we get a closer look at some of the other races lives. Selkies and Amaz people really stand out as they are major factors in this book, and each race has such a diverse look at the world, religion and politics. As the series progresses I am eager to look more into the difference races that hold a part of this world. I follower Laurie on Instagram, and oh my, she’s going to bring in some dryads into the next book and the imagery she spotlighted was so amazing. I seriously cannot wait, will they be friend or foe?

    Elloren had such a major character ARC in the first book that it’s hardly noticeable in this one. As she comes to understand more about how she feels we get a stronger understanding to her sense of justice. She is more and more willing to go to the extreme to protect her friends and family that, despite her naiveté, you really want someone as fierce as her in your life.

    What I love about these books is that each of the characters have their own prejudices and hurdles to jump in regards to each other. But as they encounter their difficulties they learn to band together and hold affection for each other so that they can support each other through their individual tribulations.

  • Megan

    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

    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 for what she believes in, but making more actions than getting educated. This book if you’ve read the first will make you cry, want to throw it, then pick it back up and say I’m so sorry. It will make you laugh and the love interests are phenomenal. The ending itself OMG, Laurie be careful because kidnapping you is high on my mind right now with that ending!

  • Laurie

    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).

  • Sol ~ TheBookishKing

    I finally wrote my review!

    You can read the full thing on my blog

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    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

    . 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

    I finally wrote my review!

    You can read the full thing on my blog

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    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

    . 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 so great and I can't wait till it's released into the world <3

    RTC.

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    FINALLY GET TO START THIS YES ! SO PUMPED ! HOORAY !

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    Thank you Harlequin Teen for sending me an ARC! I'm so so so excited to read this and to go through this fantastic world. This book is thicc and I pray it's as great as

    XD

  • Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁

    I want to cry right now....

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

    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

    I want to cry right now....

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

    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 friends have to face terrible events.

    Although Elloren is powerless, she is stronger, wiser, and braver than before. She proves to people that she is not like her murderous grandmother and makes a lasting impression on everyone she meets.

    This story is a hot mess (the best kind, of course), and I can't wait for the next book!

  • Laura

    I really enjoyed this sequel to

    , 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.

    I really enjoyed this sequel to

    , 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. What an adventure!!

    I don’t want to dive deep into the plot. This is a 600 page book, like the first, so there is a lot to unpack in these pages. In ways, it reminds me of Harry Potter in that way where the books have so much that happen within them and there is the boarding school setting. It’s a nice similarity to have, while also being completely it’s own story.

    The writing flows nicely maintaining a steady pace throughout. There are times the action ramps up a bit more, which is nothing but exciting. The characters are well-written. Some of the side characters are developed a bit more in this sequel. The romance is a bit more prominent here than in the first. In fact, a love triangle begins to ensue….

    I loved getting a chance to explore the world Forest created even more here. I loved the choices characters made and the side-journeys they went on. The way this one ends has me anxiously waiting the sequel. The pace really picked up at the end ramping up to the big twist leaving me dying to know what happens next.

    Overall, if you enjoyed

    , you’ll enjoy this sequel. I am really loving how this series is turning out.

  • Rylee (Hermit Odysseus)

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     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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     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 established in

    , and I know there's a fairly large audience that liked it and won't be disappointed. I had my fingers crossed for the sequel,

    that the series would improve (as in, make the characters more likable). Spoiler alert –– superstitions won't save you here. And that cover was 

    too. *sigh*

    If you like romantic tropes, with a

    — talking to you,

    fans — then this book may be for you. The plot drags, but these tropes may pull you through the slow bits if you thrive on that kind of thing. Maybe if I weren’t so annoyed be Elloren and so bored with Yvan, I could’ve appreciated the predictability.

    My largest complaint is our protag, Elloren. And she is my largest complaint because I’m stuck behind her POV the whole story, which is torture because I fricken’ hate her.

    I’m not saying this is an equivalent of

    , because the stories are definitely not the same, but there are enough similarities between Bella and Elloren for me to see them as equally frustrating.

    Here’s the condensed version: “Why is Yvan cold and distant? We should be together. He has feelings for me, I know it. We can’t be together, it’s impossible. We should be together. *sad puppy-dog eyes*”

    Also, Yvan bores me.

    His whole hot and cold thing is annoying. But Elloren annoys me too, so I guess they’re a perfect match.

    And she's written to be

    but still the object of so much contempt. Can she not do anything wrong? She's inhuman, both flawless and yet victimized. She's Bambi. And two beautiful men both vying for her affection. In the words of Heath Ledger, "What is it with this chick, she have beer-flavored nipples?"

    Complaint number 2:

    . Apparently I should feel sorry towards Elloren because she's descended from the powerful Black Witch, earning the instant hatred of the "good guys." They attempt to put her in the underdog position, as she’s an outcast among the cool kids, but the story is telling me to

    the cool kids since they're cruel because they’ve been persecuted unfairly, so how the heck do I get over that paradox?

    I get they've been through a lot, but it doesn't make their prejudice OK. But they only exist to make Elloren the martyr, so really, they're pointless.

    And Elloren’s response to the haters? Cue sad puppy-dog eyes AGAIN, because apparently she can’t feel the irony of her situation. Does she have to be nice to everyone? 

     She's nice to everyone except for the one guy that everyone hates –– she'll willingly hate him too. She can't think for herself.

    I can't relate to her. No defiance, no petty behavior, she just absorbs the hate. I can’t relate, I’d kick ‘em in the shins. 

    How can you tell me she’s a strong character, book — I’m not buying it.

    Oh, and her cursed heritage that she’s struggling to overcome comes with a large amount of untapped power, so I’m supposed to feel sorry for her

    ? Um, what? Don’t get how that works.

    As far as the plot goes.. meh. I didn’t care about the story.

    There’s plenty of drama, but it just felt like Super Bowl halftime show — never quite lives up to what you’re anticipating, and you could’ve been watching Friends reruns instead.

    The only character I felt myself caring about was

    . He pursues Elloren, partly because her untapped power can boost his own abilities

    . Lukas and Elloren can’t lie to each other because plot magic, so he’s up front about his disbelief in love and his ambition, but he also has a strong attraction to her and they’ve got chemistry that develops into something deeper— at least on his side. You get the impression he’s confused about his feelings, which I get; I’d be confused too if I had feelings for Elloren.

    Out of all people, Elloren should be the one to recognize that Lukas isn't what everyone thinks he is (see what I mean about the irony?).

    How is Lukas not our love interest?! Unfortunately, at this point it seems Lukas is a tragic character doomed to an unhappy ending. I’m seriously hoping his story doesn’t continue on that way, but I guess we’ll see.

    It’d be a waste to kill him off.

  • Iryna semi-hiatus (Book and Sword)

    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

    , it's not a bad book, but it isn't a book for me, unfortunately.

    was though, so I honestly have no idea how the book w

    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

    , it's not a bad book, but it isn't a book for me, unfortunately.

    was though, so I honestly have no idea how the book went from that to this...

    So, let me summarize this book for you:

    In other words,

    . RIP. The entirety of 33 percent of the book that I read was filled with Elloren wishing she was with Yvan, Elloren thinking that Yvan is beautiful, Yvan glaring at Elloren with passion, Elloren making out with Lucas, Elloren thinking how she can't have Yvan.... You got the idea. If romance overload and love triangle tropes are your jam, you will love this book. Me? I loathe those things.

    For a book that's 608 pages long 33 percent is not little, so for nothing to happen in those 33 percent is really mind boggling. That's why I just had to give up reading - I couldn't care less about the romance, or Elloren as a main character, and with plot going absolutely nowhere and telling us nothing new, even Diana (what little of her was there) couldn't save this book for me.

    Which is really sad because I was so sure that I'd have loved this. So what happened?

    (despite rising a storm of stupid controversy) was a wonderful and engaging book. Sure, the romance was still there but other things more than made up for it. I read

    in 1 day! That's 608 pages in 24 hours people, and it isn't a small feat.

    had a story - it was a beginning, a new chapter in life for Elloren - she was sheltered, she was naive, she was bullied and she had to go out there and find her truth. And she did, and it was beautiful.

    focused more on which character was in love with which character, what material her dress was made of and how many times can Yvan stare at her without Elloren bursting into flames of passion. There was very little substance, unfortunately, in it for me.

    ​The writing also got very repetitive - there was a lot of

    and in general the descriptions were over explained an drawn out. The ending of

    had a huge cast of characters and they were all present almost immediately here without any throwbacks really, so it was hard to remember who was who at first. I'm sure the book gets better, and some things do happen eventually, I just don't have any patience to wait around for that.

    Big thanks to

    for providing me with a digital arc of the book. All opinions are my own, honest and come from the heart.

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