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The Wood Queen

(The Iron Witch #2)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  2,087 ratings  ·  174 reviews
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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jv poore
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Wood Queen is the second book of the Iron Witch Trilogy. I had received a copy of Iron Witch to review for Buried Under Books Blog. I loved everything about the book and promptly purchased this follow up novel.

I found the sequel to be at least as compelling as the first book. Donna, Navin, and Xan are still prominent, and we get to learn a bit more about each of them. In Donna’s case, it is particularly rewarding, as Donna is actually discovering and accepting more about herself. She begins
Dec 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 27, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Kai Van
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
the ending could've been better, but I am definitely interested enough in what went down to continue to the 3rd book!! I love Navin so so much. he's the best.
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
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was ok

This is the second book in The Iron Witch trilogy. I really enjoyed the first one and was excited to read the second book after some of the interesting hints and glimpses we got in the first book. This book ended up being fairly disappointing.

In this book Donna is under trial by the Order of the Dragon and awaiting her punishment for stealing the Elixir of Life. Donna is also dealing with her ailing mother and ends up striking a deal with the Wood Queen; if Donna opens a door to Faerie and lets
Jul 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
"The Wood Queen" was Karen Mahoney's second novel in "The Iron Witch" trilogy, and 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
Liia White
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can't give this book enough justice. I LOVED The Iron Witch but The Wood Queen is in a realm of its own. It's such a fantastic book I can't find the words to describe it!
I love Donna!
Well done on yet another fantastic story Kaz :-)
May 16, 2011 marked it as to-read
I love the new cover. The subtle changes make all the difference =)
Kathy Martin
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The middle book of the Iron Witch trilogy finds Donna on trial for the events of the first book. Oh, they keep saying that it is just a hearing and that there will be a punishment not a sentence but Donna isn't buying it. She'd do the same thing again if circumstances were the same.

Donna is wondering if she wants to be part of the alchemist organization at all. Her aunt has been keeping things from her for years including the mysterious powers that seem to be awakening in her. She doesn't know
Jemma Geary
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
Second book in a great series.

I loved this book -I love that you still don't really know who the bad guys are, but that the MC fights for what she believes is right; saving her mother. I love that throughout the book, the reader discovers how the relationships between the characters develop and disintegrate or grow. I love that the MC becomes such a strong character in comparison to the young woman at the start of the 1st book.
Tom Hovan
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good quick read.

This book is a good quick read. It follows the first book well and sets things up for the conclusion in book 3.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
as always, wonderful in this contemporary with no fantastic or elements but a surprise in the ending!
Bronwyn Lok
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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
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
Amy Lignor
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
*Genre* Young Adult Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5

*First Thoughts*

The Wood Queen takes place nearly 2 weeks after the Iron Witch in which Donna made some fateful decisions in order to save Maker, and Naven from the Wood Queen.

In this book, Donna actually grows a spine and does exactly what she needs to do in order to save her own mother from losing her mind completely. She has a tendency of putting others ahead of her own well being, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. We also learn more about D
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Khanh, first of her name, mother of 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
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
I'm really torn on this book. I liked the world Karen Mahoney created with the first book and I was very excited to step back into it but... I don't feel like a lot happened here until the very end. The first half of the book moved very slowly - we had the trial and... Donna finding out that people have been lying to her and... uh, well, her mom took a turn for the worse but I kept waiting for something more to happen and it didn't. Speaking of which, didn't we already know that the Order was sh ...more
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Amanda (The Literary Hoarders)
This was better than the first book I felt that you could really see the development of the series and where its going next. Now even though this was a better book it still took awhile for the story to get going but when it did I couldn't put the book down. Donna in this book finally starts to realize things arent what they seem within her Order she been taught by and expected to join once she graduates high school but can she really turn her back on the people that are the reason she is alive t ...more
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uf-pnr, fae-angels, ya
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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