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Donna Underwood is in deep trouble.An ancient alchemical order is holding her accountable for destroying the last precious drops of the elixar of life. Never mind the fact that Donna was acting to free her friend, Navin, from the dangerous clutches of the Wood Queen at the time. But what the alchemists have in store is nothing compared to the wrath of the fey. The Wood Que ...more
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Published February 8th 2012 by Flux (first published February 1st 2012)
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Suzanne
First off, of the over 2000 people who entered to win this book, goodreads picked me. Thank you so very much goodreads! I am so thankful you selected me as the winner!

Now, onto my actual review. I was happy to see Donna grow in this book. I liked her character a lot more, and really felt myself start to root for her. I also got my wish and got to see a little more of Simon, Quentin and Paige's characters. While there is still plenty of mystery around them, I am beginning to understand their moti
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Reese Bradford
The best part of these books is Navin, so it's kind of sad he's basically been relegated to the part of "that guy in the love triangle who doesn't stand a chance." I'm kind of hoping that in the third book he'll come out as bi and hook up with Robert Lee.

Aside from my Navin feelings, this book was okay but nothing exceptional. Donna is frequently dumb as a box of hammers, which is disheartening, but she's still basically a likeable character. I could not possibly care less about Xan, nor do I ca
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
I have been eagerly awaiting this sequel's release since reading The Iron Witch. What an awesome debut that book was, and since finishing it I couldn't wait to get back into the world Karen has created. I like that The Wood Queen picks up right where The Iron Witch ends. Donna is awaiting her trail with the Alchemists from the trouble she caused (and for good reason) with the elixir, as well as trying to figure out a way to save her mother, which proves to be harder that she thinks. What unravel ...more
Rose
"The Wood Queen" was Karen Mahoney's second novel in "The Iron Witch" trilogy, and well...it somewhat underwhelmed me to be frank. The writing seemed to meander more and rely on more direct citations of cliches, the plot took forever to move from one vital point to the next, and I think the addition of Donna's mother's journal didn't really add that much to the ongoing narrative, which suffered a bit from the staggering transitions. The plot itself revolved around Donna being put on trial for he ...more
Shonna Froebel
This is the only book I've read in this series, and I think I would have enjoyed it more if I'd read the earlier book in the series. The main character here is Donna Underwood. Donna was deeply scarred, her father was killed, and her mother mentally disturbed after an early childhood encounter with the folk in the Ironwood. Recently Donna has had another encounter with the Wood Queen that has resulted in a hearing where her actions are being evaluated by an alchemist tribunal. This encounter sav ...more
Wendy
Jun 29, 2011 Wendy marked it as to-read
I love the new cover. The subtle changes make all the difference =)
Emma (BelleBooks)
This is the second book in The Iron Witch series by Karen Mahoney, it picks up right where we left Donna in the first book, just as she is about to walk into her hearing and find out what will become of her for losing the precious last few drops of the elixir of life.

The hearing itself is brilliantly played out throughout the book and made me not want to put the book down, I wanted to know what was going to happen to Donna. I loved seeing all the alchemists from the different orders come togethe
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Tali
I have to say that I actually enjoyed this second book in the Iron Witch trilogy much more than the first one as it's less indulgent but with more action. The characters that you first meet in The Iron Witch are all back, although this time around the main love interest, Xan, was a lot more annoying in the efforts to make him all dark and mysterious. But this book seems to be the one where Mahoney finally hits her stride with this arcing storyline. As well as revealing more about the past histor ...more
Jessie Potts
The Wood Queen was a great sequel, and hopefully the next will be just as good. Donna is an excellent heroine and I enjoyed reading about her more than normal YA heroines. She loves Xan, but is willing to confront him about Ivy and knows he’s hiding things, she doesn’t allow her feelings to run her over. I also just love Navin, I really do, his humor is funny and all out there.

The Wood Queen picks up with Donna being on trial… excuse me a part of a ‘hearing’ she really is starting to hate the Or
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Suzanne
I don't usually write reviews but Karen is a lovely person who I've spoken to on Twitter a few times, so I feel if she can make the effort to reply to my Twitter nonsense, I can make the effort to praise her work.

The second book in Karen Mahoney's 'Iron Witch' series, doesn't disappoint. To begin with, her books look sexy on my shelf as the UK cover designs have shiny bits on them, so there's points right there!

The story picks up from where it left off in The Iron Witch (book #1), which I like.
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Ferdy
Donna is on trial for stealing and losing the last drops of the Elixir of Life. Donna stole the Elixir in order to rescue her friends - Navin and Maker from the Wood Queen who agreed to release her friends in return for the Elixir. The leaders of the four different Orders of alchemists come together for the trial and to ultimately decide Donna's fate.
Donna's aunt is not allowing her any freedom as punishment for stealing and lying, so she is cut off from her best friend Navin and her half fae bo
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Stacy
THE WOOD QUEEN starts up right where THE IRON WITCH left off. Donna is now on trial for for stealing the elixir of life. The Wood Queen comes to Donna with a request for help and dangles her mother and her worsened condition over her head to get her to help. And if that isn't enough, her Iron Tattoos are starting to act a bit weird. Donna learns a lot in book 2. She finds out quite a bit about her powers, learns about secret plots to use her in horrible ways, and secrets that have been hidden fr ...more
Shanna
I copied this review from my blog http://dutchtinkerbell.livejournal.com

My first review of 2012... well, if this is the level of books I'll be reading this year, it's going to be good. So, this book in short? It's bloody brilliant. You will definitely want to read it!

I won this book in an auction, December 2011. It is an Advanced Reading Copy, so not the final book. Karen sent it to me in the beginning of 2012, complete with scribbled notes and such - which I enjoyed immensely. (By the way, Kaz,
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Shanna
I copied this review from my blog: http://dutchtinkerbell.livejournal.com.

My first review of 2012... well, if this is the level of books I'll be reading this year, it's going to be good. So, this book in short? It's bloody brilliant. You will definitely want to read it!

I won this book in an auction, December 2011. It is an Advanced Reading Copy, so not the final book. Karen sent it to me in the beginning of 2012, complete with scribbled notes and such - which I enjoyed immensely. (By the way, Ka
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
“Please,” she whispered to nobody in particular. Please, let him be okay. Let her not have cost a good man his life.

Oh, Donna. you idiot.

I was pretty disappointed with this sequel to The Iron Witch. In book one, Donna made her shares of mistakes, including making the choice of saving two people she cared about and possibly endangering the entire world. After having made a monumental mistake of that caliber, I had hoped that she would grow, mature, and learn from her mistakes. She doesn't.

In her
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Georgie R
As a sequel, I found this book somewhat hard to read, not as enthralling as it's predecessor, The Iron Witch. I am starting to dislike Karen Mahoney's informal writing style and vocabulary, especially in the first-person diary entries dotted throughout the book.

This book's plot focuses on the consequences of the protagonist Donna's actions in The Iron Witch, following on with her causing more trouble for herself along the way. I felt that the characters of Navin, Xan and Donna are getting a bit
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Chelsea [Vampire Book Club]
This review was originally published at Vampire Book Club.

If you liked Karen Mahoney’s The Iron Witch, be prepared to love The Wood Queen. While the first novel introduced us to Donna’s world, the latest entry into the world of alchemy, fae and magic brings in heavier complications, more answers (leading to more questions) about the alchemy Orders and a better connection with Donna.

Oh, and Xan is shirtless in most of his scenes. You may not be happy with his behavior — even while shirtless — but
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Katherine
RATING: 4 Out Of 5

Wow, I always find it amazing how authors manage to improve so much from one novel. The Wood Queen was a definite improvement from The Iron Witch. It was very well planned out and not once was I bored and skimmed through this novel like I did with a lot of sections from The Iron Witch.

This novel takes place after the events from the previous; Donna is on trial for her actions in The Iron Witch; stealing and losing the only elixir of life. Meanwhile Donnas mother condition is se
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Kate
This book has an equally gorgeous cover, one that enabled me to visualise Donna’s tattoos easily – whenever I was struggling to imagine them I just took a look at the cover!

Donna is as strong and determined in this book as she was in the first, and this time she is starting to discover more about her own power. She meets some really interesting new characters, discovers even more lies and questions some of her existing friendships as again she struggles to save someone she loves.

Donna’s relation
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Samantha
I admit I thought this book was a joke when I first saw it. The cover is so childish, very different from the the first book. That was one was pretty, but the designs on her arms were clearly fake, put on by computers or something. This one though, the girl, who I think is supposed to be Donna, doesn't look real at all, more like those TV shows where they animate the characters, and she doesn't look anything like the girl in the first book, and what happened to the tattoos on her arms?. And the ...more
Syahira Sharif
Mar 05, 2012 Syahira Sharif rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: young-adult
Oh gosh this series is too dragging. I spend a full week trying to continue reading this book and its so exhausting.

Initially I thought the book was set in victorian era (like normal steampunk stuff) but no, its modern era but the people talk like they haven't been in modern era. The setting's and character's dullness, which made me initially confused, was horrendous. Is this suppose to be dystopian but no, its like a secret society story in america. Yeah, you get me right...

and the girl was com
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Arjun Thakrar (Excellent Reads)
I have to admit this didn’t disappoint. I flew through almost as quickly as I flew through the Iron Witch and I thoroughly enjoyed every single second of it. It was fast, quick paced and thrilling, keeping your on the tips of you toes till the very end. I couldn’t pull my head out of this one. The story line picks up pretty much where we have got to in our minds, leaving of from the Iron Witch, and Donna is at her trials. The story is very different to a lot of other book I have read and althoug ...more
Amy Lignor
The Iron Witch was an extraordinary novel regarding the life of Donna Underwood - a young woman who was raised by ‘normal’ parents in a world that she never knew was run by four ‘Orders.’ Crow, Lion, Dragon, and Rose are the Orders that make up all her rules and regulations, which Donna found out once her father was dead, her mother had gone mad and was put into a hospital, and her Aunt Paige ended up raising her. The one thing that adorns Donna’s body are tattoos of iron on her arms, which she ...more
Sarah
I loved The Iron Witch when I read it last year so it has been a very long wait for The Wood Queen - I literally could not wait to get my hands on this book! Karen Mahoney picks up the story not long after the ending of The Iron Witch so Donna finds herself on trial with the alchemists for the loss of the last of the precious elixir. Not only is Donna in trouble with the alchemists but she also has the Wood Queen on her case again and this time Aliette is using Donna's mother for leverage.

So our
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Book Angel Emma
Please bear in mind this is book 2 in the series and may therefore contain spoilers.

The Wood Queen picks up where The Iron Witch ends with Donna facing the consequences of her actions from the Order. The Order and their inner workings are still shrouded in secrecy. Clues are alluded to but revelations are not directly given. This book requires active participation in order to gather all the information and piece it together. Full of astounding plot twists, surprise revelations and action packed.
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Krystal
Jan 19, 2012 Krystal rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc
All readers excited for this sequel should run to get their hands on a copy. Author Karen Mahoney captures readers and thrusts them into her world of elves, alchemists, and power. Donna is in deep trouble with the alchemists over the elixir debacle from the first book, The Iron Witch, and worries constantly about her dying mother. Worry over her mother consumes her and she faces her deadliest enemy, the Wood Queen, in an attempt to save her mother. The Wood Queen is notorious for twisting her tr ...more
Lothfleur
The Wood Queen est vraiment le tome du milieu d’une trilogie. Il met en place la suite, il ne se passe pas énormément de choses, même si, si, Donna parvient à faire quelque chose qu’elle espérait depuis très longtemps et à ficher le bazar en l’espace de quelques jours ! Pour ça elle est forte notre Iron Witch aux bras bardés de fer alchimique.
Des tas de questions restent en suspens, à propos des alchimistes, bien sûr, qui ont caché beaucoup de choses à notre héroïne, mais aussi de Xan, et c’est
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SJH (A Dream of Books)
I previously enjoyed the first book in this trilogy so I was looking forward to the sequel and finding out what was going to happen to Donna Underwood next. 'The Wood Queen' was an extremely entertaining read and I think even better than it's predecessor. I picked up the thread of the story right away and immediately felt plunged back into Donna's world. She's now on trial for her involvement in destroying the last remaining drops of the Elixir of Life but is still intent on finding a cure for h ...more
Julie-anne
The sequel to the impressive The Iron Witch sees Donna facing .... god knows what from the judges on her hearing. She doesn't know how they're going to find her or what her punishment will be for what she did in the first book. But her mother seems to get more ill and she discovers that the Wood Queen is behind her illness, to help her mother Donna must help the Wood Queen using her powers that she's not even sure about.

I didn't like this book as much as the first but it was a nice sequel and al
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Nikki
I couldn't wait for this book, but unfortunately by the time I looked up from my class books I realized I had already missed its release. Well, it was worth the wait and the guilt.

The story picks up exactly where The Iron Witch left off. I wouldn't recommend trying to read this book before it for that reason. Unfortunately, this installment doesn't see a better end for Donna in many ways. Secrets stack up on secrets and it eventually becomes too much even for Donna. The result: a quick road to H
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