The Iron Butterfly (Iron Butterfly, #1)
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The Iron Butterfly (Iron Butterfly #1)

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Imprisoned, starved and left with no memories, Thalia awakens to find herself at the mercy of an evil cult known as the Septori. Their leader has chosen Thalia as the test subject for a torture device of untold power, designed to change and twist her into something that is neither human nor Denai.

Escaping, Thalia finds an unwilling warrior to protect her and an unlikely De...more
Kindle Edition, 265 pages
Published February 20th 2012 by Word Circus
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My first impression of the book was a feeling that I was accidentally reading the second book of a series. I felt like everything in the book's world was unexplained, especially the Denai. Although they were mentioned quite frequently, it wasn't until about halfway through the book where it was explained "they're magic users"--and this wasn't some secret; it was something everyone (but the reader) knew. Even after finishing the book, I'm still confused about their exact nature. I'm sure the trut...more
I have to disagree with the high goodreads ratings here - I put this book down after the first few chapters.

Orgy of self-indulgent "told-not-shown" I-want-to-be-this-character-ness? This. This isn't to say the angsty statistically-defying rate of co-incidence (Mercedes Lackey, I'm looking at you!) isn't new to the Young Adult genre but the difference is in the way the story is unfolded. What ML does very well is build empathy and flesh out her characters/surroundings very quickly, and simply. Al...more
I love, love, love, loved this book. Plus one more love for emphasis. Chanda Hahn is such an amazing author! I purposely refused to read any of the reviews so that they wouldn't bias me while I was reading, and I think this helped me enjoy it even more than usual.

I have been wanting a book that I can fangirl about for a while now. This one fits the bill. So...just let me gush about Kael for a sec. And I am sorry that this isn't a proper review. I just...the amazingness has stunned me.

HE'S SO MY...more
Interesting premise, but the book didn't feel like a complete book, more like an introduction to the main characters and the world. There is no lead up to any kind of climax, just the Thalia and everyone else living out their lives out with some splashes of excitement thrown in once in a while.

Also, the writing wasn't the greatest...especially in the beginning and middle of the book. I often mentally cringed at some of the author's descriptions and her portrayal of the characters, especially Tha...more
Heidi Garrett
This is the second book that I have read by Chanda Hahn, the first being UnEnchanted. Hahn is a gifted storyteller with a complete lack of pretense in her writing. And it's that same straightforward style that has kept me on the fence as I read each of her books--everything seems so simple--but her wit, neat plots, and endings win me over.

The Iron Butterfly is the first book in the Iron Butterfly epic fantasy series. The story moves forward from the first page. With its abundance of traditional...more
When I first found this book I was intrigued by the premise of it and since it was 99 cents I thought what the heck. I am oh so glad I bought this book. The world that Chanda Hahn created was so great. I loved the storyline of The Iron Butterfly as well as the cast of characters, Thalia was a strong protagonist who didnt let the horrors of her past overcome her. I loved her strength and her determination as well as her relationship with Faraway. The writing was captivating and really drew me in....more
After stumbling upon and adoring Chanda Hahn’s UnEnchanted in January, I have been waiting to read more of her work. I didn’t think I could like anything as much UnEnchanted but let me tell you…The Iron Butterfly is a book that will quickly become one of your favorites!

Thalia is a strong and wonderful heroine. There are times where she seems weak and defeated, but her strength lies in her ability to overcome. Even when she’s her weakest…she’s strong. Thalia is a survivor. She may not see it or b...more
I don't know why I thought this was a steam punk book/ title maybe? But I'm so not that into steam punk, so I put off reading it, even though I loved her unenchanted series. So cute, so funny, totally tween friendly. The kind of books your face hurts after reading for a long stretch because u have been grinning like a fool the whole time u read it. This book was exactly the same. Why did I not read it sooner?? The protagonist is a mess. She smarts off, then freaks out, clams up, is scared spitle...more
This book starts off incredibly slow. You don't even really get to know the main character, Thalia, until around chapter three or four. After that, the story picks up the pace. If you're one of those people who needs a bit of closure, this probably isn't the book for you. More questions get brought up than they get answered. By the end, you're left trying to figure out what exactly is going on.

Don't get me wrong. It wasn't a bad book. It just didn't feel...finished. In any sense.

You don't really...more
Michelle Mcroberts
*6/25/14 - 3rd read - Love it every time...there are places that could be developed more in order to lengthen and flush out the story a bit, but I don't need that to enjoy the story. I can't wait to read the third book finally!

*1/7/13 - Feeling the need to re-read this!! Love the story and cannot wait for the next one!* 2nd read (one day)

8/21/12 - I absolutely loved this story. After reading UnEnchanted and Fairest I was looking to read something else in this fun author's style. Her writing is f...more
Thalia wakes up in a prisoned in a place where she doesn't know how she got there or anything about her past. When the new guy, Kael, arrives, he manages to escape, freeing those who were locked in there. When Thalia escapes but ends up passing out. Darren and Joss rescue her and bring her to the Citadel, (kind of like the capital for them), to tell the authorities about what happened to her about the Septori, the people who imprisoned her, practicing things on her and others there. When things...more
Kelly Johnston
As soon as I started reading this book I began to get feelings that I had heard this story before. Maybe I read it before and forgot to mark it as read? I couldn't remember so I read on. Chapters later it was more and more familiar, but i started thinking of Yelena instead of Thalia. Then it hit me...Magic Study, by Maria V Snyder! I loved that booked :) So I thought to myself, it could just be a coincidence, some of the general ideas might be the same. It had been a few years since I read the S...more
Claudie Muchindu
I have struggled to bond with this book. I love the idea of it but the characters seem too stiff and the decisions don't make logical sense to me within that world, leading me to have too many "huh?" moments.

Perhaps one day I will get back to it as I have gone halfway through but I have stopped enjoying the read. But I haven't given up hope.


I finished this and Thalia is beyond basket case and I cannot really understand her.
Whitney Roesch
Really enjoyed this book so much I couldn't put it down! I loved the story, the surprises, characters and the authors descriptions made the story really come to life. The only con was at times I got a bit confused, like I was missing something but it could be because its the first and only book Ive read in the series. Excited to find out more!
Ok, I was hesitant to read this book, but I loved it! I was completely surprised at how invested I was in the story and characters. I don't think I can accurately put into words what I really thought of this story, but just read it for yourself. It's a little slow in the beginning.
Marie Clarisse

“To take something that was meant for good and use it to do evil is a sin.”

Actual rating: 4.5 stars

This is—hands down—one of the best books I've ever read. Which isn't really a surprise to me, since I've been a fan of Chanda Hahn ever since I started the Unfortunate Fairytale Series. But I could say that I liked this one better, so much that I instantly wanted a physical copy of this book.

Let me tell you what I love the most about Hahn's books: Her brilliant writing style. Gosh, it's so capti...more
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I cannot wait to read the second book! I too would like some answers, haha!

Well, let me begin by saying that I got this book for free on amazon because the cover was appealing, as was the price. I started reading this book because I got bored with a different book I was reading, so I just chose a random book from my kindle and started reading. I'm glad I chose this book, and I'm glad I didn't stop reading because this book is wonderfully told. There are a few e...more
There is one word that describes this book in a nutshell: AWESOME. Absolutely 100% frickin' brilliant! I read a lot (and i mean A LOT) but this book has to be my ultimate favourite by far. It has everything i could possibly want from a book and more. Fantasy, action, mystery, a dash of romance and an amazing main character.
I first chose this book because it was a reasonable price on Kindle and 'Unenchanted' by Chanda Hahn (same author) was quite good. I am so glad i made that choice that day.
The Bibliophile
Review originally posted on Your Average Bibliophile.

Mini rant because I can't believe how many stars this novel is getting.

Tortured and beaten, Thalia is a test subject to horrendous experiments of the leader of the Septori – the Raven. When she finally escapes with the help of a warrior named Kael, Thalia realizes that the Raven changed more of her than she thought. She is no longer human. Struggling to control this new dark power, Thalia finds herself working as a servant at the Citadel, the...more
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the characters and I like it when a book gets into the story right away. I thought Thalia was a good lead. I really do want to know what happened to her memory?

Here are a few critiques:

I would of loved it if Kael would of been in it more. I truly felt their connection but there wasn't enough meat to it. There are also so many questions that need to be answered. Who is he? Why does he want to kill her at times? Why does he want her to hate him? None of thes...more
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I did enjoy is book however I do have some critiques with this book.

My number one problem with the story was that there were so many questions that I had that were unanswered. I didn't really understand who the Denali were till halfway through the book. I knew they were "beautiful" but what else was different about them? I felt like I never really got a clear explanation of who they were. I just pictured them as pretty humans. But thats about it. I had little bit of issues with Joss. I was waiti...more
It starts off quickly - which I loved - and is a bit dizzying sometimes with the constant mysteries.
It contains a lot of my token favourite elements - secret pasts, magic, boarding school, brooding characters, animal familiars, secret powers, world exploring adventures, rag-tag teams of heroes - but sometimes it uses these tropes a little TOO heavy handedly.
Sometimes moments are told and not shown, which is sloppy. The mysterious characters and elements are pushed to be REALLY mysterious, and...more
Gordon Howard
I couldn't stop reading. From the first page, this book grabs you and doesn't let up until the end. The center character is Thalia. When the book starts we find her imprisoned by the evil Raven and his monk-like assistants the Septori. She has been beaten, experimented on and tortured and is nearly dead. She has no memory of anything that has occurred in her life before she was brought to the prison. Follow Thalia as she escapes and slowly realizes her true potential throughout the book. Chanda...more
this book had lots of potential but just seemed to fall short on all accounts. The main character just irritated me to no end. Yes she was kidnapped and tortured /experimented on but it was the constant jumping between her trying to act like a mature adult and failing, in my opinion, and a whinny child. All of her accomplishments seemed forced and incensear and she got everything with no great effort on her part. I forced myself to finish reading the book on principle that I hate leaving on unfi...more
Laura Pilcher
This was a random book i purchased for free from Amazon, mainly because i liked the cover.

I went to bed at 11pm last night so thought i'd read a couple of chapters of this book before i went to bed. Two and a Half hours later! when it is finished i can finally go to sleep. I was hooked straight away and couldn't put it down!

Full of mystery and intrigue. I wanted to know what was going to happen next in Thalia's life and unravel the mysteries surrounding her abduction and imprisonment.

I L-O-V-E...more
This book was amazing. Suspense, Action, Love... I literally could not put it down. I enjoyed learning with Thalia. Her journey from being a prisoner to becoming an amazing fighter. Learning how to use her knew found abilities and finding love and friendship. Kael, Joss, Avina, Garit all of these people and more had a major impact on who she was becoming. Wanting to figure out who she was and where she was supposed to be and being hunted by the Septori who were her capturer's. I hated to see thi...more
I loved this book! It was one of those you cant stop thinking about all day long.

It was one of those books where even though the character went threw so much terrible things you still want to be just like her. The main character was strong and independent but maybe too indepentent. She found that she needed help a lot. I am still confused why keal took so much interest in protecting thiala, threw thw whole book? my only wish was that joss should have came out about his feelings for thiala earlie...more
Tansy Foor
This story was amazing! It took a little while to get into the rhythm of the book and to get over the numerous spelling/editing mistakes, but once I got into it, I couldn't let it go. This book because a drug to me, I had to know what happened next. I abandoned all my social obligations just to I could finish this series. Yes, I finished the series (3 books) in two days. (This is a new record for me!)

If you like Chanda Hahn's other series: An UnEnchanted Fairy Tale Series, you'll love this serie...more
It seems like there are divided opinions on this book. 50% of readers seem to love it, and the other 50%... not so much. I can understand both points of veiw, but despite its flaws, I really loved this book.

I do, however have quite a few issues with this book. First of all, it's not particularly well written. The transitions were not the best and sometimes the description failed to let me know exactly what was going on. Many of the super actionous parts were really sudden, and the book ended in...more
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“to take something that was meant for good and use it to do evil is a sin.” 4 likes
“We need you to catch up on your defensive training as soon as possible. And I will have to discuss this with the Council.” Her hand went to her hips.  “Now remember,” she went on, “you are to go nowhere without Kael, unless he is busy instructing, then you are to either have Captain Garit or Joss with you at all times. Any questions?” I opened my mouth for a rebuttal, but she” 1 likes
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