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The Iron Ghost

(The Copper Cat #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,026 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Beware the dawning of a new mage...

Wydrin of Crosshaven, Sir Sebastian and Lord Aaron Frith are experienced in the perils of stirring up the old gods. They are also familiar with defeating them, and the heroes of Baneswatch are now enjoying the perks of suddenly being very much in demand for their services.

When a job comes up in the distant city of Skaldshollow, it looks l
Paperback, 544 pages
Published February 26th 2015 by Headline
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Charlotte May
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy, romance
“ I take it you have a plan, then?”...”Of course I do. It involves sneaking about, the cover of night, and good old fashioned beating people up.”

3.5 ⭐️

I’ve really been enjoying this series. My only gripe that keeps it from 4 stars is that near the end far too much stuff seems to happen all at once and it’s too much for my poor brain. I’m never really sure what’s going on.

But throughout the story I love the adventures, the characters, the sass! All of it, the world building is excellent and v
Lady Luna. ✨
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 STARS ✩✩✩✩

Buddy read with my homies at BB&B

“Ye gods and little fishes!”

This book gave me the feels & made me want to do a happy dance after finishing it. So here's my happy dance, I kinda wanna sing "I loooove everything I l-l-love everything I do" while doing it!


Okay so I'm going to start this review off by talking about my rating, so I absolutely loved this book.. Why didn't I give it 5 stars than? Well firstly it isn't one of my 'favorites', I can't compare this book to some other books
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
*** 4.35 ***

A buddy read with the Fantasy Addicts at BB&B! This Demon has to DIE!

Wonderfully imaginative, a bit of a throwback to the cool 80's Science Fiction and its world building and creatures. This is a compliment, because I loved that stuff :-)

The second book in the series is a definite improvement on the first. Not that anything was truly wrong with it - it just had some continuity issues and did not read as a cohesive unit. In this volume we get some back and forth in the form of memorie
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
The 2016 re-reread of book two is done and it was just as good as before. I love this series!
It's re-re-reread time with my friends over at BB&B!
Re-read before The Silver Tide.

Jen Williams has really upped her game with this sequel to her debut novel, the Copper Promise.

The first book originally started as a bunch of novellas that melted together to form the whole that is The Copper Promise and I loved it. Even t
TS Chan
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Iron Ghost is a strong sequel to The Copper Promise. We have the necessary development of the main characters, whom I have grown to like quite a fair bit. Then there are higher stakes at hand and expanded worldbuilding. And to top it all off, a whole lot more magic is involved in the storytelling.

The narrative structure alone made it a better book just because, unlike its predecessor which was made up of four novellas, it is a single continuous plotline. Given that the story starts with a ti
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✘ A MacHalo Buddy Read That Nearly Was But Mostly Wasn’t (MBRTNWBMW™) with Elena and Shelly my nefarious little self ✘

It took me FIVE bloody shrimping days to get to the 45% mark in this book, ergo I think it’s time to put it on the Back Burner of Doom (BBoD™) (view spoiler). Why take such a ruthlessly radical step, you ask? Because:

① In terms of characterization, this feels way too much like a Winnowing
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kristalia by: Eon ♒Edgedancer♒ & part-time Warder ☯
Final rating: 5/5 stars
‘You are willing to die for love, but not to live for it. What are you afraid of?’

This book was... 5 words.

THIS BOOK was everything I needed and more. Perfect balance of angst, world building, funny moments, serious moments, cute moments, hot scenes, definitely hot and cold scenes like wow, epic fights, fantastic ideas, but I could do without absolute horror scene at the end of the first part of the book (out of
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I think of Jen Williams and her writing a few words spring to mind... adventurous... fun... and balanced. The Iron Ghost, the sequel to the very successful The Copper Promise, is all of these and so much more.

The Iron Ghost picks up on the adventures of protagonists Lord Frith, Sebastian, and Wydrin as they find themselves in high demand following the events of The Copper Promise. When a job comes up in the distant city of Skaldshollow it looks like an easy way to make money. But things ar
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ebooks
What a follow-up to the Copper Promise! This second installment is utterly riveting and I’m very happy I’ve given the whole series a try after the conclusion of the first book, which felt a bit too much like standard fantasy Quest fare even if I had fun reading it.

The characters are, uncompromisingly, one of the best features of this trilogy. They are very intriguing and full of promise so what particularly worked for me in The Iron Ghost is that, along with nonstop action, the characters live u
Cindy S.
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Even though I did like the first book, this is clearly a huge improvement mainly because this one is a full on novel that was written as such and not four novellas put together into one book like the first one was. This made the pacing way better and the overall story more enjoyable to follow. I also loved all the added lore about this world that we get to see in this book. The werkens and the Narhls were extremely interesting and made the book feel different from The Copper Promise while still ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3 Stars

In some ways better than the first book, in some ways not quite as enjoyable.

Our three main characters have become famous adventurers and their services are now in high demand. They take what looks to be an easy job in the northern city of Skaldshollow. Once there, they get pulled into a conflict between warring cities and the awakening of an ancient evil.

Like I said, in some ways I enjoyed this book better than the first book of the series. It flowed better as a single story instead of
Joey Woolfardis
[Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton for my copy.]

Lord Frith, Wydrin and Sebastian, after their dragon-slayer escapades in The Copper Promise are now known as The Blackfeather Three and are roaming the land, sorting out people's other-worldly problems and loving all the attention and coin they're receiving as a result. However, an age-old mage is re-awakened and it seems Lord Frith is not the only mage with an ego problem any longer...

This is the second book in The Copper Promise series, but it can act
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!

Review to come...

I haven't forgot about this review. It's mostly written up but there are a couple of names I don't know how to spell. Fantasy character name... urgh! I write my reviews at work (broken laptop) and the book is at home. Combine this with a bad memory and... well you get the idea.
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bloody amazing read. Jen Williams has fast become one of my favourite authors!

I'm on mobile so shan't be writing a full review, but let's just say it has so much more of what made The Copper Promise brilliant, and I am IMMEDIATELY starting the third book in the trilogy: The Silver Tide

Read this if you love great characters, epic magic, demons, gods, and dragons!!!
Olivier Delaye
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
The Iron Ghost, book 2 in the Copper Cat trilogy by Jen Williams is, well, how can I put it nicely—alright, I guess. I don’t know. I’m a bit lost here. And maybe a little pissed, too. Thing is, I’m super conflicted about this book right now. I totally loved book 1 The Copper Promise, but this sequel seems to me a bit too, for want of a better word, one-sided. Like Williams tried her damnedest to cram in as much action as she could, forgetting in the process to put any effort in, well, everything ...more
*Source* NetGalley/Publisher
*Genre* Fantasy, Magic
*Rating* 4

*My Thoughts*

The Iron Ghost, by author Jen Williams, is the second installment in The Copper Cat series. The series features three primary characters; Wydrin Threefellows aka the Copper Cat of Crosshaven, Sebastian Carverson, & Lord Aaron Firth. Following the adventures of The Copper Promise, the three have become the go to trio to call on whenever something strange and magical raises its ugly head. The three have even started calling t
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
This book is the second volume in the Copper Promise series; this review may contain mild series spoilers.

You know those books you read when everything else you’ve had to do is really stressful or tedious, and the world and characters between the covers of those books just instantly take you away and let you forget about all the crap for a while? You open it up and everything’s magic, and even though you’ll eventually have to close it again, life is a bit sparklier afterward because you read it.
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2016
4.5 Stars

The Iron Ghost (Copper Cat #2) by Jen Williams is a fantastic followup to a really good first book. I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in The Copper Cat trilogy and was looking forward to reading the next one and I found it to be even better.

This is a traditional fantasy series with a very strong female lead named the Copper Cat. The Iron Ghost is a magic centered story about the Black Feather Three and a madman. There are some awesome magical fights and spells. There are sword fight
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2016
Really good, with surprising twists along the way. If the first book was pretty straightforward, this one has many careful layers and foreshadowing built in.

Wydrin, Sebastian and Frith got a lot more depth here. If in the first book Sebastian was the one who took the brunt of the hard and moral decisions, here this is more evenly spread between them, although Frith has the lead on this one.

Also, there are many more secondary characters, and they also always have at very least their fifteen lines
This series is such a great high fantasy series. I loved returning to Sir Sebastian, Wydrin and Lord Frith. They are so much fun with a great chemistry between them all not to mention that each character has a real depth to them (though I'd love to find out more about Wydrin's past). The Iron Ghost brought us into different lands than The Copper Promise. The first book was very much set in a part of the world that was highly populated and a warmer, more forestry environment and climate.. The Iro ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, I was disappointed in this one, but it could have just been me. I liked the first book in the Copper Cat series- it had been stitched together from shorter stories but it worked well as a novel. For whatever reason, I could not get into this one, though. It felt like there was a lot of jumping around. First we're with Wydrin and the gang in current time, trying to decide if they want to take a job in the icy
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"Beware the dawning of a new mage...

Wydrin of Crosshaven, Sir Sebastian and Lord Aaron Frith are experienced in the perils of stirring up the old gods. They are also familiar with defeating them, and the heroes of Baneswatch are now enjoying the perks of suddenly being very much in demand for their services.

When a job comes up in the distant city of Skaldshollow, it looks like easy coin - retrieve a stolen item, admire the views, get paid. But
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
idk why y’all are sleeping on these man,, they’re SO fkn Good

full rtc but just know this is my new favouritest favourite series
Liz Barnsley
Lets start with “Beware the dawning of a new mage”…ha! Brilliant tagline for a brilliant book full of adventure and blinking good characters.

I was a HUGE fan of The Copper Promise, the first outing for our protagonists, it was great fun and a bit like a swashbuckling old school pirate movie in its feel and The Iron Ghost is no different, if anything its even more adventurous as our gang come into their own.

I’m a bit of a funny one with fantasy – the biggest fantasy series out there, The Lord of
I really enjoy Williams' first installment featuring the Copper Cat and her disreputable companions, and like its predecessor The Iron Ghost is filled with excellent characters who embark on fantastic, yet morally ambiguous adventures in which our heroes learn that they should yet again be asking more questions before agreeing to taking on a job.

The only complaint that I have with The Iron Ghost is that it didn't seem different enough from the first book. I would have liked to have seen more fo
Caroline Mersey
Feb 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Jen Williams's second novel, The Iron Ghost, is published this Thursday (26 February 2015) and I was lucky enough to get an advance review copy through NetGalley.

The Iron Ghost is a much stronger novel that The Copper Promise. The plot is more coherent, with a single narrative thread running through the book. Instead of a series of dungeon raids culminating in boss battles, our three adventurers are hired for a specific job. Only it transpires that they were hired on false pretences by an old a
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Iron Ghost is to The Copper Promise what The Wrath of Khan is to The Motion Picture or The Empire Strikes Back to A New Hope. It is a sequel/follow-up/second part that equals and overtakes the original. Yet again Jen Williams has caught lightening and channeled the spirits of the pulp greats of the 1920s & 30s to create a gripping, funny and entertaining story that not only expands the world she has created but makes it a whole lot more kickass.

I remember reading an interview Ron E Howard di
Andy Robson
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favourites
I loved the Copper Promise so i was looking forward to this,and it didn't disappoint. Jen Williams ups the action and suspense to massive levels,making it feel relentless,especially in the last half of the book. New places to visit in Ede,new characters (and old) and new beasties makes this a must read. And Joah Demonsworth...what a bastard.I love a good baddie and he certainly is.Power corrupts! All this makes for a brilliant read at a neck-breaking pace.Loved it. ...more
Leontiy Cristea
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The absolute best thing about Jen Williams – aside from being hilarious, entirely aware of the genre she writes in (allowing her to make and break rules however she pleases), and one of the best new writers of SFF at the moment – is the fact that her books are classics. Not, “they’ll one day be classics”, but rather, they already are. The way she subverts the expected tropes and themes of SFF, introducing new elements alongside and welcoming tried and tested (and fun!) old ones, is nothing short ...more
Bethan Hindmarch
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
You’ve been trudging through the slush and cold for days. You’re shaking with exhaustion, your extremities tingling in a sensation akin to burning.
Stumbling into base-camp, you’re grateful you made it before nightfall. The flames of the camp fire are a welcome sight after endless days of blinding snow, of mountains looming over you, of questioning your sanity.
A softly steaming tin mug is thrust into your hands and a familiar voice purrs,
“You don’t half travel far for a good story, do you?”
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Jen Williams, fantasy writer and Lego obsessive, is the author of The Copper Cat Trilogy and The Winnowing Flame series. She is represented by Juliet Mushens, and is partial to mead, if you’re buying.

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