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The Iron Flower

(The Black Witch Chronicles #2)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  10,395 ratings  ·  1,074 reviews
Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs, but their actions have propelled them straight into the ranks of the realm-wide Resistance against Gardnerian encroachment. As the Resistance struggles against the harsh rulings of High Priest Marcus Vogel and the Mage Council, Elloren begins to realize that none of the people she cares about will be ...more
Hardcover, 597 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Harlequin Teen
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Leah Did you actually read the book? The message of the first book was that the racism is WRONG and that the society has to change to be better, the whole …moreDid you actually read the book? The message of the first book was that the racism is WRONG and that the society has to change to be better, the whole point of the resistance. The "racism" is only shown to highlight the problems in the society. (less)
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Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Busy editing The Iron Flower today - very excited to share the continuing story with you all in 2018 - thank you to all my readers for so much support and enthusiasm for this series and its anti-prejudice message. #grateful (and I can't wait to share the cover with you). ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
2.5 stars. I've been VERY slow about getting this full review written (probably because I just wasn't terribly excited by this sequel to The Black Witch) but here it is! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

When Laurie Forest’s debut YA fantasy novel The Black Witch was published in 2017, there was a massive explosion of outrage in the Twitterverse and elsewhere online. Accusations of various types of prejudice — racism (albeit based on fantasy races), homophobia, white saviorism, ableism,
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley for a for a fair review.

Elloren Gardner and her friends continue to help the resistance against the Gardnerian government as they encounter more and more social injustices. Each time they feel like they make any progress their hopes are squashed again and again as all hell breaks loose with the more power Gardneria gets in Verpacia.

Okay, so I think if you liked the first book you will really like this one. Despite
Rylee Richard
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
If you liked the first, chances are you’ll like the sequel. It carries on in the same vein as the first with predictable plot progression but an unfortunate lack of character growth. Grammatically, I have zero issues. The book was actually very well written; I didn’t have any hang-ups that pulled me out of the story. And story-wise, the characters and plot are consistent with what was established in The Black Witch, and I know there's a fairly large audience that liked it and won't be disappoint ...more
Iryna *Book and Sword*
2/5 stars
DNF at 33 %

So not the rating I thought I was going to be giving this book, I was pretty sure that this would have been a 5 star, boy was I wrong. Gorgeous cover though, so that's something.

To start off, I'm not giving this 1 star, despite having dnf-d it, because I only save 1 stars for books I really did not like. And I just didn't care for Iron Flower, it's not a bad book, but it isn't a book for me, unfortunately. The Black Witch was though, so I honestly have no idea how the book w
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this sequel to The Black Witch, the controversial YA fantasy book that explores racism by way of a world filled with many races such as Urisks, Lupines, Kelts, Fae, Icarals, etc. who all have their own prejudices against each other. In the first book, we saw a young girl overcome the ignorance she was raised with and learn to be better. In this sequel, we see tensions rise in Verpacia and a need for the Resistance to act. Elloren finds herself torn between Lukas Grey and Yvan. ...more
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 4.5 Stars *****

Cannot be read as a standalone.

I want to cry right now....
I want to cry because the next book isn't available yet!!!

The Iron Flower is even better than the first book. All the characters are wonderfully written, and the relationship between Elloren and Yvan is so heartfelt.

This story is dark and ugly. High Priest Marcus Vogel rules the land and plans on purifying the race and conquering neighboring territories. It isn't safe anywhere, and Elloren and her diverse group of f
Bentley ★
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You might remember that last year I championed really hard for a little young adult debut fantasy book called The Black Witch, which was being unfairly lampooned by some overzealous keyboard warriors on Twitter who hadn't even bothered to read the book before judging it. Well, I read the book, and I became pretty passionate about defending it because it turns out, it was actually a pretty decent read with a subtext about the importance
Sol ~ TheBookishKing
June 24th:

I finally wrote my review!

You can read the full thing on my blog HERE!


June 23rd:

I just finished this after devouring the final 300 pages today! This is sooooo good and it makes me so so sad that more people are not reading this series due to Lots of Reader Issues a couple years ago with The Black Witch. BUT ANYWAYS, The Iron Flower is such a fantastically beautiful book and so many SHOCKERS that I was dumbfounded. Laurie Forest really just blew it out the water with this one, so so
Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: july-2018
*I was lucky enough for NetGalley and Harlequin Teen to approve me for this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Holy Jesus! I did not see that twist coming! I still can't even fully process what just happened and I'm so upset that I have so long to read the next one. You can't just leave a girl hanging like that!!!

Okay, let my try and reign myself in here. The Iron Flower, in my opinion, is even better than The Black Witch, it's still very very heavy handed in it's ideals and such but that's th
Sep 03, 2018 marked it as soon-to-be-read
This is coming out this month! I'm excited to see where Forest takes us in this installment. :) ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I’m speechless. I’m trying to gather my thoughts but I can’t seem to coherently grasp them. I’ve been left emotionally wrecked and exhausted. All I know is that this was the perfect sequel to The Black Witch Chronicles. And Yvan, yes he was everything I expected and so much more. He is quickly gaining the top spot of my endless list of book boyfriends.
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I found it so drenched with fantasy and I just hated having to put the book up for the night when reading it. I truly loved this one more than the first and I believe I gave the first book a four or five star rating. Readers really learn way more about the characters’ upbringings in this one; more so than the first book where we are introduced to them. I cannot wait for book three to come out next year!

My quick and simple overall: so good! For a 600 page book, it is actually a
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book!
Here is my review of the book! I'm trying not to include spoilers, but please read with caution and I'll try to catch anything I might write by accident! I only had one issue with the book and that will be addressed but, just so you know, this novel was great!

What a breath of fresh air. Laurie Forest seriously knows how to write epic fantasy. Forest knows she doesn't need a book filled with plot for the sake of plot - sometimes it's nice to have mome
Attack Salmon
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I find this super dissapointing considering I loved The Black Witch and ..... I have a ship

The Black Witch series have created great awareness regarding racism but its getting very old when the two novellas and now the second book also talks about racism.

In Iron Flower, we have to keep reading about how oppressive Kelt/Gardneria is and Elloren always have to listen to someone else's sob story. The whole chunk of it is Elloren trying to save oppressed ppl, trying to be the perfect superhero. It
Jay G
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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*I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*

4.5/5 Stars

The story begins right where the first book ended. As it progresses, Elloren and her friends continue to help the resistance and fight for those who are oppressed by their society. They learn more about the other races that surround them and how they differ from them in many ways.

The love triangle is mu
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
This was a very entertaining, creative, and fantastical sequel to "The Black Witch".

In this follow-up, I continued to really enjoy the unique world that was created. Laurie Forest truly created a unique world of her own and the world-building was exemplary in that all of the background was explained in detail. With that being said, there were moments that that novel felt longer than necessary, but I appreciated the attention to detail.

This novel's storyline progressed and developed much differen
Sujitha  Alexander
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
*anxiously awaiting* I need to wait till May 2018 :(
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an e-arc copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It feels wrong not address what happened to the first book in this series. The Black Witch (TBW) got a lot of undeserved negative feedback, almost unanimously coming from people who did not take the time to read the book themselves to form their own opinions and simply went ahead rating the book one star while all linking back to the same review. This flew in the face of book reviewing conventions and promoted

I didn't like Elloren that much in the first book but the story was great so I was definitely looking forward to reading The Iron Flower.

And WOW.

I'm glad I decided to continue on with this series!

Here's a summarized/short review for now:

PLOT - 4.5 (So goooood!)
CHARACTERS - 4.5 (Diana is my absolute favorite! And there's definitely character development.)
ROMANCE - 5 (I loved the tension between Elloren and Yvan so much + Diana and Rafe were couple goals
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! I enjoyed the second book of The Black Witch Chronicles. While the first was more focused on character development, this book is more about the events which overtake the characters as racial tensions heat up.

I love the villains in this book. There were some big surprises along the way, but the repetitiveness of Elloran’s reception with every new group of people she meets did get a little tiring.

There is a great set up for the third book with some intrigue around the prophecy, and I
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So good. I love the action the characters the friendships the romance everything about it. I love how Laurie doesn't side away from how religion and prophecy isn't always something that means good. Can we just talk about how I want her to stay good with both Lukas and Yvan . This is the best fantasy and fantasy series so real but amazing in the same time . ...more
Bridget Vollmer
Well I’m dead....that was fabulous. This series is so underrated and is definitely one of my favorites.

Eek! I love this cover, can't wait to read it.
Jan 09, 2018 marked it as to-read
IT HAS A COVERRR. And it’s gorgeous!!
Jan 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Each novel of Laurie Forest's Black Witch Chronicles is a mountain to climb, but in the best way: challenging and invigorating, they make you feel free and alive, connected to the great aspirational elements of the human spirit. The battle has barely begun for the Resistance as Gardneria marshals its national military under the direction of its High Mage, the darkly charismatic Marcus Vogel. Elloren Gardner spent most of the first book, The Black Witch, overcoming her pro-Gardnerian biases to re ...more
Lynette Noni
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this! So looking forward to what comes next!
Sara Oliveira
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,25 ⭐️

TW/CW: death, murder, racism, homophobia, misogyny, disabilities, discrimination, abuse (physical and mental), genocide

I'll keep this short and sweet - I love this series, these characters and everything in between. These are not small books but they read so easily and quickly and oh my god it had me CRYING like a baby at 2 a.m. just full on bawling trying to be quiet and not wake anyone up.

"We don't get to choose what we are." she says finally, her voice low. "But we do get to choose
Selene Kallan
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, epic
I'm stunned.
I have a serious book hangover, and I'm currently unable to give a proper review.
The Iron Flower wrecked me.
It went kinda like this:

Oh, dear gods! YES!
AWWWWW, so cute.
I can't believe it!
It was about time.
I did not expected that.

I cried, I laughed, I swooned.

I need more.

Laurie Forest is amazing.

Full review to come once I get out of the shock.

UPDATE 26/07/18
“Welcome to the resistance.”
The final line of The Black Wit
Perla The IB Teen Book Blogger
Without giving anything away, this book picks up exactly where it left off (which makes sense since Laurie Forest told me that most of the two books had originally been one long one), and immediately sweeps you up into extreeme FEELINGS of big important STUFF! I want to say everything, but the September release date is a long ways away.

Elloren has grown as a person in leaps and bounds from where she began in Black Witch- I LOVE her heart. The book is full of passion, and tension, danger, and he
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4'5-5 stars

vid review will be available on June, 2nd, 2020 here:
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Laurie Forest lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont where she sits in front of a wood stove drinking strong tea and dreaming up tales full of dryads, dragons and wands. She is the author of THE BLACK WITCH (LA BRUJA NEGRA/DIE SCHWARZE ZAUBERIN), WANDFASTED, LIGHT MAGE, THE IRON FLOWER, THE REBEL MAGES (which is the book form of Wandfasted & Light Mage together in one volume) & THE SHADOW WAND. Sh ...more

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