Iron Bloom (Legend of the Iron Flower, #1)
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Iron Bloom (Legend of the Iron Flower #1)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  87 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Action-packed fantasy adventure with a powerhouse female epic warrior in the spirit of Achilles or Beowulf.

The tale of a mighty warrior torn between the power of the sword and her longing for a peaceful life.

A young woman with a kind heart and extraordinary constitution, Rose becomes a warrior to better the world. Despite the wealth and fame she wins as one of the greatest...more
ebook, 252 pages
Published January 4th 2013 (first published January 3rd 2013)
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Jan 28, 2014 Werner rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of action heroines or of pulp swords-and-sorcery
Although I'm a fan of author Billy Wong, all of my previous experience of his work has been with his short stories. My three-star rating for this first novel I've read by him correctly indicates that I liked it, and is more positive than the two stars my Goodreads friend Sadie gave it (though I think several of her criticisms are justified), but falls short of the four or five stars I've usually given his short stories. That's partly because I rate short stories differently, since unlike novels...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This one interested me for several reasons. First many of you know (if you've read many of my reviews) that The Deed of Paksenarrion is one of my all time favorite novels. This novel also picks up the life of a young woman as she also sets out for a life as a soldier and/or as a fighter.

So why the lower rating? Well first the book reads very much like fan fiction or possibly a very, very extended outline. I was concerned that it might turn out to be more of a romance than adventure fantasy. That...more
Authors know they need their main character, their protagonist, to be sympathetic––someone the reader cares about. In Billy Wong’s Iron Bloom, the protagonist is a 15-year old female warrior. The remarkable thing about Rose is that she can’t be killed. She suffers mortal wounds in fight after fight, but survives without receiving medical attention. Not only that, but she wins every battle, killing monsters and multiple foes alike. No odds are too great for her to overcome.

The question is whether...more
Sadie Forsythe
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I suspect he'll regret that, as I didn't much care for it. I apologise up front for that. There are a few spoilers to follow and it's really a quite long review. You've been warned.

To start with, I thought that the writing was really quite stiff and naïve, for lack of a better word. Things were just related, one after another. There was no sense of build up, transition, or progress. I also thought a lot of the dialogue was u...more
Jan 11, 2014 Nicole marked it as tbr-own-ebook
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Iron Bloom is a fantasy novel with lots of fighting and adventure. It is a novel of a strong female warrior and her struggles with her innate abilities to fight. This book leaves off for a sequel to follow.

Characters: The book is written in third person narrative following Rose (a fifteen/sixteen year old) off in search of adventure. She is "freakishly" tall and strong, and for some reason can survive fatal wounds (as the reader discovers in the opening scene.) She feels obliged to help those wh...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Fifteen year old Rose Agen dreams of being a Royal Interprovincial Enforcers of Law (RIEL) because she's naturally stronger than most people around her. Rose's father Rick disapproves of Rose joining RIEL and wants her to be married off. Rose's mother Lise seems to understand Rose's dreams better than her husband does. Rose's life in RIEL is not what she expected but none the less happy. Rose is picking up sword fighting techniques faster than her fellow recruits are. Rose proves her prowess in...more
Fletcher Best
I enjoyed Iron Bloom. It is a creative story with lots of action (note: if you aren't into bloody violence - steer clear because this book is one bloody battle after another). While strong female characters are not unusual in fantasy novels, the main character Rose takes "strong" to a whole new level. Although she is described as attractive, Rose is far from the usual scantily-clad sexpot that is common to fantasy literature. She's big, tough, strong, has a remarkable ability to heal from terrib...more
well written book. a lot of blood and gore. if you don't like reading book like that his book is not for you. The entire book is about fighting and killing, a bit of romance thrown in and heartbreak.
I did like the kick ass female warrior in this book who endured more pain & killing in her teens then anyone should in a lifetime. Rose the main character is. big strong young warrior who kills for what is right not just to be evil. I thought their might be some surprise ending to what makes her...more

By Momma on April 20, 2013
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Iron Bloom by Billy Wong

Momma is a total sucker for a bad ass female character and Rose certainly fits the bill. I find it a little daunting that there aren’t more strong women in books like Rose. She makes this book total win, Thank you Billy Wong for writing a character who can function without a man.

I will warn the faint of heart there is a LOT of bloody action. As a friend of mine calls it “battle porn”. If you do not like a lot of blood and guts in a st...more
Iron Bloom (Billy Wong)

Young Rose only sixteen years old, longs to escape her violent world. She also yearns to become a warrior, even though a woman especially as young as her, is unheard of. The bloody reality of her new life is not quite what she thought it would be. Then she meets Ethan.

When Barbarians invade her Kingdom she knows exactly what she must do. She fights with a vengeance to save her homeland, but at what cost?

Fast paced, a lot of action and graphic fights. If you love a strong f...more
I really enjoyed this book and finished it pretty quickly. A lot happens just in the first half and I really got to know the characters. HOWEVER!!! Rose just gets hurt too many times without the hint of lasting side effects except that she can't eat spicy foods. Medicine back then was practically prehistoric. It wasn't remotely believable. Its a little like when Wile E Coyote would chase the Road Runner over a cliff and then jump up and just shake it off! That being said, I will check out the ot...more
Heather Gilbert
Iron Bloom (Legend of the Iron Flower, Book One) explodes onto the page with a violent encounter that almost leaves Rose, our fated Heroine, dead long before tales of her exploits can be written. Gods, destiny or luck pull her through – revealing the first glimpses of a constitution stronger than steel, a constitution that will be tested time and time again as the chapters pile one atop the other.
With echoes of Mulan, touches of Xena and whispers of Fu Hoa – Iron Bloom is an engaging heroic fan...more
May 11, 2014 Blondie~♔ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves fast paced, action fantasies
Recommended to Blondie~♔ by: Billy Wong
The Prodogy, Roses destiny

A choice not made is quite possibly the worst, react quick or pay the consequences'. - She's so invincible,


strong women, Rose is a warrior and protector. Fast and furious.

Stabbed and been stabbed, how many more times I'm gonna be stabbed before they kill me?

Gotta do things right, to make everything alright, even if you get stabbed many times

Two down, one hundred and thirty something to go now thankfully.

"Want to be the head of my new guard? I'll have to get one, now...more
When I think of stories about warriors, bloody battles, fierce loyalty, and exceptional skill with a sword, I automatically think of stories with a male warrior as the main character. Well I am so excited about the novel Iron Bloom, a story that centers around an incredibly skilled female warrior. This novel had everything that a fantasy warrior story should have. It has epic battle scenes, a strong, incredibly capable warrior, fighting for protecting the innocent and defending all that is good,...more
Peter Crooks (Dalibor)
Great storyline, so engaging and lovely reading. The leading character was set superbly by Rose. I can't take it down while reading, completed so quickly. How she survived through her life, Wong wrote it so remarkably. She fought for her life through out the scene which inspired me. Lots of action packed in this book and they are awesome to feel. Such a great read!
Kyra Halland
Iron Bloom is the tale of a young woman, Rose, blessed (or cursed) with extraordinary size, strength, and endurance. She discovers that the thing she's best at is fighting, and sets about trying to put her gifts to good use in the world, only to learn what terrible things there are in the world.

This was exciting and a lot of fun. I liked Rose; she never takes her gifts and abilities for granted. She wonders why she has such strength and amazing ability to heal; some people call her God-Touched o...more
Arlene Dayoan
As soon as I began reading this book and Rose was introduced as the main character, the image of Xena the Warrior Princess popped into my head. Rose is the epitome of strength, wisdom and sincerity. She doesn't just accept her role as a young teenage girl destined to marry someone not of her own choosing. Instead, Rose embodies the role of being a Royal Interprovincial Enforcer of Law (RIEL) despite the hard work. What I love is that Rose isn't just a hard shell on the outside---she does have a...more
Janja K
Great reading full of action!

»Iron Bloom« is great fantasy adventure novel with interesting plot and many elements of a good and captivating fantasy telling that draws you into it really fast and do not live you indifferent. The story has great and strong main character in the foreground – a heroine Rose and is full of adventure, action, graphic scenes, drama and also love.

The book is well written, entertaining and overall, it is great to read – it has everything what you expect from any good fa...more
Iron Bloom (Legend of the Iron Flower Book One) [Kindle Edition] is one of the best books that I have read in a long time. I was just going through books for my kindle when I saw the cover and thought I would try a sample. As soon as I finished the sample I had to get the book it was amazing. The story starts out a little slow but kept me entertained. The characters like Rose and Ethan are great and I can really picture each one of them in my mind. I felt like the whole time that I was part of t...more
I didn't much care for it, I had to force myself to finish this rather than getting any enjoyment out of it.
To start with, I thought that the writing was really quite stiff and odd. Things were just related, one after another. There was no build up, or progress to the story. I also thought a lot of the dialogue was unrealistic or stupid. Rose seemed to be invincible. This inability to die kinda stole the suspense. It reduced the story to a series of gory battles, with no apparent end-goal. It w...more
H.M. Christi
Iron Bloom (Legend of the Iron Flower Book One) by Billy Wong is a fantasy adventure with a soft, yet powerful feminine spin in a main character that we can all admire and fall in love with who has depth and wisdom beyond what most adults will ever achieve! The book grabbed my full attention from start to finish and had me turning the pages with wide eyes and a highly engaged and longing mind! Billy Wong is a talented writer who throws a bit of everything in this book with violence, action, fant...more
Marguerite Woodward
Free book for review. Rose is a 15 year old warrior that has high ideals. That knows right from wrong with a good heart. A must read.
Ann Smith
I didn't realize how much I missed reading books with a strong women character until this one. It has been far too long!

Rose was such a strong character you couldn't help but fall in love with her.
Her father definitely didn't want her to become a warrior (what father would?) but when he fell ill he had no choice but to let her go fulfill her dream and support the family.
Although she was very young she was able to survive wounds and defeat foes that would have bested older and more experienced me...more
E. Mcnew
I really enjoyed reading this book and I had a difficult time putting it down. Rose is a young girl, who is incredibly strong, but also compassionate for those who are in a weaker state. She admits to her faults which I absolutely loved, because rarely will a young woman do that, and I found myself getting very attached to the story and of course the main character. This story had an excellent dialogue and descriptive characters and situations. I am officially a fan of Billy Wong and I look forw...more
Sharon Stevenson
This is a high fantasy novel and the first in a series about a young female warrior and the trials she faces to be taken seriously and become the person she wants to be. It's written in a very accessible way and I found the main character easy to like as she had good morals and was ready and willing to stand up for others who were unable to protect themselves. The story seemed to rush a bit through a series of events, never really slowing down long enough to captivate me with Rose's story. I did...more
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J. Kevin
Rose, an unusually strong and tough teenage girl, dreams of becoming a warrior. Her quest for glory takes her to many different places and puts her up against many different foes, which she has to overcome with determination and slashing sword. No one can accuse Iron Bloom of being slow-paced or short on action. The fighting is almost non-stop, and the author doesn't shy away from describing the effects of sharpened steel on vulnerable flesh. Unfortunately, the violence loses a lot of its impact...more
While this book is based in fantasy, the main character Rose is relatable in that she wants many of the simple things in life—like love. Rose is a fierce and decorated warrior, but battles and protects with integrity. Rose sees and opportunity for love with Ethan, but is torn between her duties to protect. Billy Wong is a talented writer who portrays Rose’s life with words that allow for vivid imagery.
Cristina Rosa
I usually don't like violence but this title somehow caught my attention... I love stories about empowered women and that is one of them - although in a very different frame :) Honestly, I couldn't put the book down, I got hooked. I love that Billy Wong dedicated his time to create such a wonderful story. I'll definitely look for his future books! 5 Stars
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Billy Wong is an avid fan of heroic fantasy, with a special love for strong female warriors. He draws inspiration from the epic legends of old, and is on a quest to bring over the top deeds and larger than life heroes back to prominence in today's literary world.
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