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The Iron Flower

(The Black Witch Chronicles #2)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  1,875 ratings  ·  318 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, 608 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Harlequin Teen
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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).
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

All my theories from the first book are null and void! My head is so confused and foggy. My heart just hurts!

*Spends rest of day starting off vacantly*
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, arc

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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 ho
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 fr
Iryna semi-hiatus (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
Rylee (Hermit Odysseus)
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
If you like added gifs, you can also check out my review here! =)

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. My inner English major was content that 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 establi
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
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
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book in less than 24 hours. I couldn’t put it down. I cried, I screamed at certain parts, I was happy to see some of my thought of what might happen in the next book come true. The worst part of this experience is the fact that none of my friends have read it yet so I can’t cry on a friend’s shoulder for support.

Laurie Forrest did an amazing job on the sequel, I can’t wait to read it again. This is flat out my favorite book of the year, it was filled with Elloreen still fighting
Eryn (Literary Lady)
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. :)
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
Bentley ★
See this review and more like it on!

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
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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
This sequel to The Black Witch, which caused a massive explosion of outrage on Twitter and Goodreads when it was published last year (IMO the accusations of various types of phobias/prejudice/White Saviorism/etc. leveled against it were mostly unfair and not based on a true read of the text), will be published next week, Sept. 18, 2018. It's queued up in my read list.

The big question in my mind: how hard has the author and her publisher worked to make sure this won't offend ANYONE? Pretty hard,
Sh3llraiser (grumpybookgrrrl)
Wandfasted 0.5: ★★★★
The Black Witch: ★★★★★

(At the time of this post, November 23, 2018, The Black Witch is $1.99 for US Kindle.)
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

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
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.
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 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
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
Holden (malfunctions without books)
IT HAS A COVERRR. And it’s gorgeous!!
Sujitha  Alexander
Aug 11, 2017 marked it as to-read
*anxiously awaiting* I need to wait till May 2018 :(
Selene Kallan
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, epic, young-adult
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
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 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Not a fan of the first book cover, but this one is gorgeous
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 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My oh my!! I love Laurie Forest and I love this series and I love this world!!! I'm going to die having to wait so long for the next book!!! This series is amazing and wonderful and heart breaking and so very relevant! I love that Laurie Forest doesn't hold back. I adored the first book and this one did not disappoint, I may love it more! Laurie Forest is now an instant buy author for me! 😍😍
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not going to share any spoilers, but this book had a lot more action than the first one, and it was an emotional roller coaster all the way through. Just like the first book, it leaves you anxiously waiting for the next book to come out!
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes the Goodreads First Reads gods smile at you. When I received that golden ticket email informing me that the First Reads gods found favor with me and were sending me this ARC; a brief period of fan girl shrieking might have occurred....

I reread The Black Witch in anticipation and to allow myself to be in readiness to read The Iron Flower. Laurie Forest does not disappoint. I couldn't put it down. A personal litmus test for me that hallmarks what makes a book "really good" is when it kee
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Help! What chapter does.. SPOILER 1 14 Oct 05, 2018 09:10PM  
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, WANDFASTED, LIGHT MAGE & THE IRON FLOWER. She is busily working on THE SHADOW DRYAD (Book 3.0 of The Black Witch Chronicles - working title).

Other books in the series

The Black Witch Chronicles (3 books)
  • The Black Witch (The Black Witch Chronicles, #1)
  • Untitled (The Black Witch Chronicles, #3)
“Please, don't tell me that everything will be all right." He holds up a hand as she starts to speak. "Because nothing is all right. Nothing in this entire world is all right.” 0 likes
“Power changes everything.

"This is bigger than just us," Yvan says. "If no one steps forward to fight, they'll win."

But could we actually do it? Could we harness our power and help take down the Gardnerians and the Alfsigr and any and all of their allies?”
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