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Ironhand (Stoneheart Trilogy #2)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  1,994 ratings  ·  149 reviews

Now that George Chapman has upset the fragile truce between the warring statues of London, he has been drawn into a war that will test his mettle. He and Edie, a glint who can see the past, may have succeeded in their quest to find the Stoneheart, but their journey is far from over.
Edie and the Gunner, a statue of a World War I soldier, have been captured by the Walker, a
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 20th 2008 by Hyperion (first published October 1st 2007)
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2.5 stars. After really liking this first book in this series, Stoneheart, I didn't like this one nearly as much (somewhere between "it was okay" and "I liked it" hence the 2.5 stars). It just didn't hold my intrest as much as the first one and I am not sure why. I think the writing is good, the magical elements are interesting and the audio version I listened to was narrated by Jim Dale, who did his usual excellent job. I just found myself drifting off and losing interest for portion of the boo ...more
Norah Sumner
Okay,this was sooo much better and funnier than the first one.The characters develop a lot and the story gets quite interesting.I really like George in this one,he can be very interesting and I loved his little relationship with the gargoyle Spout,I found it so funny when they tried to communicate with eachother.I liked Edie's story too,although I'm not a fan of her character,and at least we got some answers.I really liked the whole thing with the Blind Woman,it was very creepy,I have to admit.I ...more

The Stoneheart Trilogy ROCKS! (no pun intended)

I couldn't put this series down - just like the Harry Potter books. Although completely different...these books really pull you in. I `read' it via audio books (performed by the fantastic Jim Dale - who also read the HP books) and it was fabulous! The way it is written is completely refreshing...instead of writing "the status was big and looked like it was breathing" the author describes the scene in such a way as to tell the same sentence but to ne
Kat Heckenbach
Giving this five stars even though the story got a little wandery, because the characters and story world remained strong. Actually they deepened. I just love George and Edie, and the Gunner, and thought the twists were well thought-out, and the lore behind the unLondon and rules of the statues' world really added to the story and ramped up the stakes. Definitely continuing on to the third book.
I loved this book, but unfortunately, while I forced myself to stop and jot down some thoughts before starting book 2, I didn't do the same before starting book 3 in the trilogy, so I can't recall what happened in which book. That said, I do recall that there was a lot more character development during this book than the first, now that the layer of London that our characters are in has been established. While the story itself for all of these is probably around 4 stars, I'll give an extra star ...more
Better than the first (Stoneheart), but not by much. Generally I find that I kind of like the second book in a trilogy, even though they are usually considered necessary evils. The premise has been set in the first book, so you're not wasting time figuring out what the whole point is, and stuff *happens.* It's entertaining. In this one, George whines less (although he's still not very clever at all), and that alone improves the reading experience immensely. I do feel that he's really, really slo ...more
Bonnie Jean
I really enjoyed reading Ironhand- almost more than I enjoyed Stoneheart, possibly in part because being a second book, Fletcher was able to get on with the story more, rather than feeling like he had to spend most of the book trying to convince me of the story world. There is a lot more character development in this book. I feel like George and Edie really became a lot more well rounded and likeable than they did in the last book, which I spent a lot of the time disliking both of them. I still ...more
Ms. Yingling
As a rule, I don't like fantasy, but when it clicks, it clicks, and I loved this sequel to Stoneheart. George has broken a statue (being an idiot), and set off an age old war between spits (statues of people) and taints (statues of creatures) in London. He befriends Edie, a glint (someone who can read the emotions of things by touching them) and Gunner, a statue. In this installment, Gunner has been imprisoned by the Walker, who is trying to get together two ancient stone mirrors for evil purpos ...more
Sue Smith
The middle book of a series is always the hardest one to read. It's always a transitional book and doesn't have a real ending - or at least , the start and the end are usually just the middle of the adventure and it's never usually a satisfactory book because of it. This book wasn't too bad for being a middle book. Although when you keep the readings of the trilogy closer together, the books are the better for it.

This particular book follows the further adventure of George as he comes to term wi
Ironhand by Charlie Fletcher had several positives going for it even before I started reading. For one, the book is the second in a trilogy (The Stoneheart Trilogy, if you’re keeping track at home) which means that there’s the possibility of it tying up the first book’s loose ends (it does, mostly). For another, the first book had strong characters and a fascinating premise that I was eager to return to. And third, the book is set in London, which, after Seattle, is my favorite city in the world ...more
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Ysabel Mystic
Unlike the first book, Stoneheart, Ironhand is well deserving of it's 4 stars.
In Stoneheart George was given the mark of a maker (which is VERY important). At the end of Stoneheart, the Gunner has been captured by the walker and trapped in a dark room where the Walker keeps his trophies (stones that once belonged to Glints) and is forbidden to climb up the walls. George and Edie are trying to put together a futile plan to rescue the Gunner. This isn't the only problem. George's scarred hand (an
Michelle Mouse
Tuve que esperar cerca de un año para hacerme con una copia del libro, pero como dicen: la espera vale la pena, y Mano de Hierro es un claro ejemplo.
El libro comienza con dos páginas describiendo la historia hasta el momento, un punto a favor del libro, para luego pasar a la parte donde el Caminante arrastra al Artillero y así comenzar la aventura. George y Edie deciden emprender la búsqueda de su amigo y protector, el Artillero, pero en el camino se separan, Edie siendo secuestrada por Ícaro, u
Jul 11, 2008 Cathy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young people who like action, some horror and suspense with their fantasy.
Shelves: suspense, fantasy
This book took a bit to get into, but once you do, it's full of suspense and action. Not having read the first book in the series, Stoneheart, I was lost at first, even though there is an introduction filling you in on the story thus far. It's a lot of information, and such a strange, complex world with statues that come to life, glints like Edie who see the past by touching stones, and makers like George who have powers over stone and can sculpt them. George and Edie are looking for the Gunner, ...more
Lacey Louwagie
Even though I gave this the same "star" rating as the first book in the series (Stoneheart), I liked this one quite a bit more. In it, the alternate world of London that Fletcher has created solidifies in a way it didn't in the first one; interactions and characters feel less random, and motivations seem stronger. In addition, you start to see a "bigger picture" to the story that is intriguing. Characters become less "black and white", too, and begin to defy the categories they were given in the ...more
Hunter Meshanic
The gunner has been kidnapped by the walker and George and Edie must save him. Before they make any headway George is flown away with by spout. He realizes he must stand against three challenges or matel closing around his arm will continue its path and reach his heart. Edie is being chased through other dimensions by the walker and is betrayed by someone close. Find out who betrays Edie and if any of them will survive!
This book is similar to the Percy jackson series by Rick riordan.
This book was just as good as Stoneheart, possibly even better and I can't wait for the third to be published!


The Gunner has been taken into the service of the Walker in order to free Edie, but little does he know that the Walker has found and re-captured Edie and holds her in a terrible house filled with the spirits of dead glints. Because he has chosen the "Hard Way" (as described at the end of Stoneheart), George must fight and win three
Finally an original idea among all the orphan farmboys, wimpy vegan vampires, and tween wizards (save for Jonathan Stroud's John Mandrake and Pratchett's Tiffany Aching). The main duo has its strengths, but I'm somehow still more drawn to the minor characters--statues come alive, but in a very human way, particularly the Gunner and the Black Friar.

I also love the language Fletcher uses: some YA novels are so simplistic they're an insult to the reader, but he fills his pages with hilarious word-
Mike (the Paladin)
I'm giving this EDITION of the book 2 stars. had it not been for Jim Dale I more than likely would have put it aside. It just didn't hold my interest. I'm not sure...maybe it's just too young. I found I could care about Edie, a bit. But George? Mostly the character just annoyed me...he's so dense, or sense it's an English novel "thick". The point at which I finally said "enough" was when George confronts the "Knight" and the "Knight" kept asking (3 times) "Will you stand?" George had just read a ...more
Having read the whole series, I know how everything fits together, but if someone had not, I can see how it can be a bit confusing. Fletcher is giving a number of "puzzle pieces" that will make the third book incredible, but the diverging stories of George and Edie can be difficult to follow. Great pictures of creation in the story of the makers, and a good picture of battle. Still recommend, but remember this is the glue connecting the first and third books.
Wow. I was left reading this book speechless! I didn't expect it to be so good! I remember I gave Stoneheart a pretty sad rating before... But Ironhand... wow. The whole plot left me JUMPING OUT OF MY SEAT! My goodness, I couldn't put the book down! The story is action packed and EXCITING. Scary too!!!

I enjoyed the characters more in this book. George is brave, determined, mindful, and when he had his scenes of bravery, I was left wide-eyed - not expecting him to be like that! Edie's still rude
Stoneheart is a wonderful young adult series about a London boy named George who awakens evil forces when he breaks the head off of a stone dragon during a temper tantrum. George enters a new world where statues come to life and are divided into 2 camps - human statues who help George make reparations and try to fix the world and evil animal statues (like dragons and gargoyles). Ironhand is the 2nd book in the trilogy. Although it is not as exciting or captivating as Stoneheart, the fast pace co ...more
I really really really like this series. Highly recommended on, so what the heck, I've enjoyed this narrator previously. He's doing a bang-up job with these books, and were there pages, they'd be flashing by as I devoured them. As it is, I have my earbuds in as much as possible, cranking through the 3 book set. Finished this one yesterday, got home and immediately downloaded Book 3 from the library. The young protagonists Edie and George (13-14 yrs old) are very likeable and are writ ...more
2nd book that follows Stoneheart. Not disappointed as the writer brings Edie, Charlie, and the Gunner through their adventures and then back together again. Walker, dead or not? Will have to see what the 3rd installment holds as book 2 is really just building up for a final conflict. Will the Walker take over the world?
Got this from a friend and even though it was the second book I did not feel too lost. The author is able to give enough info from the first book that you are not lost, but at the same time this are events referenced that make me want to go back and read these in order. Highly recommended!!
Linda Harley
George, Edie and the Gunner are swept apart and each made to face their one fears and nightmares. George comes face to face, with having to make hard decision about rescuing his friends, or taking the save way out. He rises to the challenges that he must overcome, not only to save his friends but also his own life that hangs in the balance. This book is even better than the first. Filled with twists and turns, that the reader cannot and anticipate. One is left wondering the entire time, whether ...more
Recommended for gr. 5-10. Ironhand is the second book in the Stoneheart trilogy, and it really felt like I read the middle of the story only. It would have helped a lot to have read the previous book (Stoneheart) first, and the reader is left hanging waiting for the sequel, due out in April 2009. Other than not knowing what was going on a lot of the time, it was not a bad story. It takes place in an alternate London - the characters are there due to an event that happened in the first book. Ther ...more
In this second book in the Stoneheart trilogy, Mr. Fletcher really hit his stride. The way he weaves the history and legends of London together into a story that is timeless is a real gift. I've always loved the rules of old magic - the kind we most often encounter in the fantasy realms of fiction - and how much power lies in a true name, a promise, a favor. I love the way the characters who are spits are true to the era they were made to represent, and I love how they interact. This series is f ...more
Matthew Nangle
I liked this one so much better than the first one, because while Stone Heart was restricted to just statues, this one opened up to suits of armor and smaller sculptures, like skulls. However, in the next book, I'm not sure how they're going to defeat the Walker, and find Edie's mom too.
This is a great book! The trilogy is super engaging! As a teacher I can recommend this book to many students and get positive results from them all!
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Charlie Fletcher is the author of Stoneheart, shortlisted for the Branford Boase award and longlisted for the Guardian children’s fiction award, the sequels Ironhand and Silvertongue, and the stand-alone YA novel Far Rockaway.

His first adult novel The Oversight will be published in May 2014 in the US and UK.

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