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Iron Bloom (Legend of the Iron Flower #1)

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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
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Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published January 4th 2013 (first published January 3rd 2013)
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Werner
Jun 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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)
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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
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Sadie Forsythe
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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Peter
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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Mommasaysread
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it

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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
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Lori
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Lifesaver155
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Emily D. Paulina
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well written story of a women warrior who has tremendous skill of fighting. Iron Bloom has written on a female warrior who did not left me feel disappointed, but surprised me through her passion and desire. Her action and passion to win over the curse was just amazing! Her desire for protecting own homeland with her skills was simply astonished me, but finally she made it possible to find peace.

Billy Wong has amazing skill of story telling and character development; it's an insightful release by
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Sheri
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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H.M. Christi
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Nicole
Jan 11, 2014 marked it as tbr-own-ebook
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Peter Crooks (Dalibor)
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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!
Maria
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Fletcher Best
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
Ann Smith
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Anna
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What an excellent and provoking story! It is an exciting and eventful adventure and this is one of those books that you don't want to put down. The plot has enough twists and turns to keep you reading, but the action is by far the biggest strength of this book. The book is very well written with just the right amount of suspense, thrill, and adventure that captivated me with every page turn. I thought Rose was a fascinating character! She is strong, a real fighter and will do anything to protect ...more
Janja K
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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Drlisaevens
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
E. Mcnew
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Heather
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: free-from-amazon
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
Shalu Sharma
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is good story. The story about is about Rose who wants bit of peace but she can't have it and has to fight to make it better. Its a good concept and well written. Read it on a train journey and really enjoyed the book. It's quite a long book so read it in your own time if can but I am sure you will like it. Those who like heroism and fantasy will like it. Will certainly be obtaining more of Billy Wong's books. The story is very creative by all standards and would recommend Iron Bloom highly ...more
Joanne
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
CNickerson
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent sword-swinging fantasy.

Excellent sword-swinging fantasy.

Good setting, good plot and fighting is handled very well. I like the heroine, who adjusts well to her super-human abilities. She is rather naive politically, but her youth and peasant background can justify that.
Laurie Hopkins
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Okay

This wasn't one of my favorite reads, it dragged in several spots. And Roses attitude made me want to slap her at times, and the whole Ethan thing didn't sit right with me, either
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
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Michelle
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
It's wonderful to read a book with a capable, confident, autonomous heroine who doesn't invest half her mental energies into obsessing over boys. I applaud the author for writing her in appropriate clothing and armor instead of having her fight the hordes clad in a metal bra with a matching g-string. It's great to read a story with a girl front and center in a role traditionally reserved for a male character. I really wanted to love this book for all that. All of that is why it gets 2 stars inst ...more
J. Kevin
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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Éric Kasprak
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
The first book in the Iron flower series is definitely action packed and fast pace but something is missing. I really like the main character Rose, who we follow throughout the story, she's everything a warrior type character should be and more. The author was able to make me care about her adventures and tribulations and, to my surprise, the cheap looking cover picture (in my opinion) helps me very much to picture her in my mind and the author description seems to fit the picture perfectly. So ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Legend of the Iron Flower (8 books)
  • Iron Flower (Legend of the Iron Flower #2)
  • Iron Bonds (Legend of the Iron Flower #3)
  • Iron Tears (Legend of the Iron Flower #4)
  • Iron Champion (Legend of the Iron Flower #5)
  • Iron Melting (Legend of the Iron Flower #6)
  • Iron Clash (Legend of the Iron Flower #7)
  • Iron Seeds (Legend of the Iron Flower #8)