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The Iron Butterfly (Iron Butterfly #1)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  7,144 ratings  ·  652 reviews
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
1.5 Stars (Only tacking on the .5 because I really liked Kael, for those 40 pages he was actually in the book)
Definitely underwhelmed! For this having a 4.2 rating, I went in with pretty high expectations, but this book was a disaster. The world building is horrible, the author doesn't explain anything, I still don't even really understand what a denai is after finishing this book. The MC is absolutely pathetic. I recall that she stomps her foot a few times when she doesn't get her way, and thro
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.
Interesting and intriguing.
Though there are a handful of grammatical errors throughout, they are nothing heinous and the read is worth it.

Though the Denai are a little harder to relate to, being as perfect as they are, Thalia is perfectly imperfect enough to root for and continue reading in a quest to find the answers she needs.

Recommended by me.
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
I just cannot understand why this book has such a high rating... The main character is extremely frustrating and kind of dense.

She was subjected to torture on some kind if device, for some unknown reason. She doesn't know who she was or where she came from. She manages to just barely escape and yet...she is not traumatized in the least. In fact, the first thought she has after her escape, is that her rescuer is inhumanly handsome. She has no depth whatsoever, she reminds me of a certain sparkly
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
Actual Rating- 3.5

Big Thank you to my Goodreads friend Priscila who recommended this to me!

This book for the most part was pretty great, there were some bits where i cringed and thought that could have been done better. However, like i mentioned above, it was pretty great to read.

The plot goes a little something like this:

Thalia doesn't know who she is or where she came from.
One thing she does know,
She's going to die.
Not by illness, though that could happen. Not by a natural disaster.
No, T
Selena Yukino (The Lioness: hear me roar)
The only reason I'm continuing this trilogy is because of Faraway, and Kael. That's all. I hate everybody else.

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
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
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
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
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
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
"We are like sands on a shore, numerous beyond measure and everywhere. Eventually we will have her and she will die."

This one was just okay. It started pretty rocky with not a lot of information and a lot of confusion. I thought Thalia's insta-love was annoying and unreasonable. But as the story continued and grew, Thalia did as well and I slowly started to like her.

I thought the end was a bit abrupt but I did like the conclusion and how it all unfolded. I loved the night where they hunted her.
This was a pretty good book. Very short, but still descriptive and engrossing. I'm undecided whether this is young adult or not, but the language is certainly easy to read. I will echo previous reviewers who call out the "dropped in" style of this book, as in you aren't quiet sure if you've missed an important plot line or is this even the first book?

I will be reading the second book and overall I give this four stars. Not too shabby.
YA Fantasy Unforgettable

This book grabs your attention and won't let go, which is a problem because I stayed up way too late! My heart goes out to Thalia, one of the most selfless heroines I've seen, even in horrifying circumstances. I can't wait to read the next one. There are some grammar and spelling issues, but the book is so well written that I was able to ignore the errors.
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.
Honestly the beginning of the book was a bit dull but gradually it got interesting. Nothing much was revealed yet keeps you intrigued till the end.Turned out better than I'd expected , a different, interesting & promising story line !
I couldn't even get through this. Cheesy characters, lazy plot and grammatical errors to boot.
Honestly I've never been more deceived by a goodreads rating of a book than this one. Perhaps I went in expecting too much due to it high rating but this book consistently made me cringe.
Let Me Explain why I will not finish reading this book:

1) The main character is horrible... I believe that we are meant to be inspired by her strength, courage, maturity, etc... unfortunately I found it to be the opposite. I'm not saying I need a perfect character, but for someone whose only memories consist of
Jennie Pratt
I hate that I'm a sucker for these types of books. Weak female protagonist turns strong because she's "special". Ugh... Seriously Jennie? *sigh* This book is different yet the same. It's the same tired YA woman-girl can't decide if she likes or hates one boy, and really likes a different boy too. Team Unsure Hate versus Team Handsome Googly Eyes. The dialogue is sometimes clear, intelligent, and witty. Other times it's snarky, annoying, immature, and almost childish. There were lots of errors in ...more
Full of grating cliches, inexplicable angst, and unlikable characters, The Iron Butterfly will leave you facepalming like you've never facepalmed before.

The main thing that irked me were the characters themselves. Thalia, the protagonist, was self-centered and irritating beyond belief. She treated anyone who did anything she didn't like horribly, even if there was an understandable reason behind it. She told people to go away and leave her alone and then blamed them when they weren't there to fi
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Chanda Hahn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Reign An Unfortunate Fairy Tale. She was born in Seattle, WA, grew up in Nebraska and currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband and their twin children. She attended North Central University in Minneapolis Minnesota for Childrens Ministry. She was also a children's pastor, bookseller and children's librarian.

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Iron Butterfly (3 books)
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UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale, #1) Fairest (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale, #2) Fable (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale, #3) The Steele Wolf (Iron Butterfly, #2) Reign (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale, #4)

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