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The iron flower, Laurie Forest

Label
The iron flower
Title
The iron flower
Statement of responsibility
Laurie Forest
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs when they rescued a Selkie and freed a military dragon. The last thing they expected was to be thrust into a realm-wide underground resistance against Gardnerian conquest. While the Resistance struggles to fight back against the harsh rulings of the Mage Council, more and more Gardnerian soldiers descend upon the University, led by none other than Lukas Grey, now commander of the nearby military base. Though Elloren tries to keep him at arm's length, Lukas is determined to tie himself to her, still convinced that she is the heir to the power of the Black Witch, a legacy of magic that will decide the future of all Erthia. As his own magic calls out to her, seeking to awaken a dark force within, Elloren finds it more and more difficult to believe that she's truly powerless, as her uncle always claimed. Caught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas, Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect everyone she loves, even if that means protecting them from herself."--Amazon.com
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Review
  • Grades 8-11 In a world where magic powers and race determine one’s fate in life, Elloren Gardner has it rough: though she is part of the ruling Gardnerian class, granddaughter of the all-powerful and extremely controversial Black Witch Carnissa, she herself has almost no magic. Though she is sent to university to try to develop what little magic she may have, her scheming Aunt Vyvian’s real plan is to handfast Elloren to Lukas Grey, a powerful Mage, for political alliance purposes. However, Elloren has instead fallen in with a group of outcasts: winged Icarals, despised Selkies, wayward dragons, shape-shifting Lupines, and more, and feels more alliance with these persecuted classes than with Gardnerian Mages. The romance elements heat up as Elloren must deal with her attraction to both hated Lukas Grey and mysterious Yvan Guriel Myriad. Complicated plot twists and a huge cast of characters will likely limit readership to series fans, but those fans will be delighted and begging for the next title—and the cliff-hanger ending promises us there will be one. -- Debbie Carton (Reviewed 8/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 22, p85)
  • Thoroughly committed to the anti-Gardnerian Resistance, aspiring apothecary Elloren Gardner also struggles with the question of committing to a man—and if so, which one? As Gardneria tightens its fist around nominally independent Verpacia, Elloren's cell weighs its options. Refuge in the Noi lands to the east beckons, but there is still work to be done in Verpax City—including mining Gardnerian Cmdr. Lukas Grey's obvious attraction to Elloren for information. She's attracted too, but that's nothing compared to what she feels for Kelt and fellow Resistance member Yvan. Much happens over the course of this sequel: horrific Gardnerian mob violence; a trip to impoverished Keltania; a delegation to the all-female Amaz; and more. Despite this, the narrative arc feels flat, as Elloren accomplished much of her character growth previously. Forest piles trope on trope, encouraging readers to make associations with real-world history (Gardneria evokes Nazi Germany), but the associations are not firm (the Gardneria/Keltania relationship can be read as a cognate to modern Israel and Palestine), causing readers to constantly reassess them. Readers who loved the first book will find Forest's consciousness of the dynamics of allyship further raised. Elloren rescued a Selkie named Marina from sexual slavery in the first book, The Black Witch (2017); here, after she facilitates a deal with the Amaz to free all similarly enslaved Selkies, Marina and the Amaz accomplish the deed with ruthless efficiency while Elloren waits. Once Marina is reunited with her skin, she is dangerously bad-ass. Those who hated the first book will find more to dislike: Repellently, the reason Selkies in sexual bondage do not fall pregnant—because love is not involved—is reminiscent of former U.S. Rep.Todd Akin's (R-Missouri) obtuse theory about rape rarely resulting in pregnancy: "If it's legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Though imperfect, the novel warns, "Power changes everything"; those intrigued by Elloren's desire to halt "the normal cycle of history" may wonder how this might change in Volume 3. (map) (Fantasy. 14-adult) (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10734178
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Forest, Laurie
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.1.F667
LC item number
Ir 2018
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 8
  • 11
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
  • Black witch chronicles
  • The black witch chronicles
Series volume
  • bk. 2
  • [2]
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Witches
  • Imaginary wars and battles
  • Dragons
  • Magic
  • Government, Resistance to
  • Young adult fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Witches
  • Dragons
  • Government, Resistance to
  • Imaginary wars and battles
  • Magic
  • Witches
  • Young adult fiction
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The iron flower, Laurie Forest
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Sequel to: The Black Witch
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn993419176
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
694 pages
Isbn
9781335917393
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)993419176
Label
The iron flower, Laurie Forest
Publication
Copyright
Note
Sequel to: The Black Witch
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn993419176
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
694 pages
Isbn
9781335917393
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)993419176

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