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The Lost Boy

(The Iron Witch 0.5)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  171 ratings  ·  19 reviews
‘The Lost Boy’ started life as a story written for an anthology of urban faery tales. The anthology was eventually cancelled (although I’d withdrawn my story long before that happened) leaving me with a homeless story. It’s about half-fey Xan from The Iron Witch, and is set several months before that novel – before Donna even meets him – so there are no major spoilers for ...more
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Published (first published January 1st 2013)
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This is a story before Xan met had even Donna. Back in Ironbridge, Xan enlisted the help of the Changling girl Ivy to find out about the Changling who had taken over his life and identity, left in his place after he was kidnapped by the Wood Elves. Xan needed to know about the one who became Jonathan Kane in his place, as he no longer knew how to live as Alexander Greyson anymore.
Lost boy is a
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
À la fin du tome 2, j’étais pas mal frustrée de ne pas en savoir plus sur Xan alors cette nouvelle tombe vraiment à pic, d’autant plus qu’elle nous permet de découvrir le passé d’un personnage qu’on découvre dans ce tome 2… Ce que je regrette, c’est qu’on ne découvre cela que dans cette nouvelle et pas dans le roman. Mais il est vrai que vu ce qui se passe dans The Wood Queen, ça aurait été bizarre de caser ça, surtout quand Donna et Xan ne se voient que très peu.
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Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
A pretty fun, quick read that provides some insight into the character of Alexander from The Iron Witch series. The story is set several months before the actual trilogy begins, and it focuses on Xan as he meets the changeling who replaced him and is now living his life.

The writing is actually pretty good and I must say I am now pretty curious to read the first book in the trilogy and find out what happens next. Xan seems like an interesting character and I'm looking forward to getting to know
Yolanda Sfetsos
This is a prequel short story set before The Iron Witch and in the POV of Xan. He's an intriguing character, so it was cool to get a closer look at him.

Xan is half-fey and has become obsessed with finding the changeling who 'stole' his life. However, finding him doesn't exactly help Xan find the answers he was hoping for...

This is a lovely and very well-written story. Xan is an interesting character with physical and emotional scars, trying to find his way in the world. Oh, and I just loved how
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Xan, who we know from The Iron Witch Series is part Fae. I really enjoyed seeing Xan and finding out part of his story and his relationship with Ivy (a changeling). I think Xan needs his own book, maybe some kind of prequel about what it was like growing up and having his powers emerge. Xan's world is a world that we don't get to see too much in the series.
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
A lovely short read that takes place before The Iron Witch, giving us a feel for Xan, who is half fey. Ms. Mahoney has such a beautiful writing style, so this story was a treat. If you haven't read her books it's the perfect introduction, and if you have, it's still a lovely read.
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was nice to have the back round this short offered into a MSC. It gave you some insight into his history without giving away details of the trilogy.
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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I'll give it a 3 1/2 stars. I has me intrigued after 30 pages, so I'll definitely be giving the first full book in the series, The Iron Witch, a read through. :o)
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great short story of Zan and Ivy, and how he finds the one who replaced him when he was taken, and things about choices, and yeah, good short story!
Jenn Hill
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Interesting prequel. Definitely wanted to make me read the series to find out more.
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing

LOVED IT! as I knew I would, Karen is an excellent author!
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it
An interesting look at Xan, especially his friendship with Ivy.
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
The whole time I was reading this all I could think was, um, what? And I love this genre. After seeing many disappointed reviews for The Iron Witch, I don't think I'm going to bother.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
bon, bah c'est bon, je suis frustrée, je veux savoir la suite, va falloir que je lise le tome 1 de The Iron Witch en VO maintenant...
Brandee Terry
Aug 17, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a quick little short story. It wasn't great but it wasn't bad either.
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THE IRON WITCH, THE WOOD QUEEN & THE STONE DEMON make up my YA contemporary fantasy trilogy for Flux in the US and Random House in the UK. It's about alchemy, dark elves, and a girl with magical iron tattoos. FALLING TO ASH (September 2012), began a new series for Random House UK about an ass-kicking teen vampire called Moth. You can read more of Moth's adv

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