author: Karen Mahoney
review: by kirthi
ages: 13 and up
Freak. That's what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna's own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.
First off: INDIAN CHARACTER!!! Woooooooo! I was so surprised when I noticed that: Navin Sharma. See, it's always Caucasians and then maybe an African or Asian, but never an Indian! Ohmygosh, I'm grateful for that part ^_^
And so now to the story. I still don't understand what's going on, but maybe that's because The Iron Witch is the first book in a series (trilogy?). The whole book seemed kind of slow to me, but the topic was very interesting (thus the good rating) I was really curious about the tattoo part, the alchemists and machinery. It's a curious combination.
What I did notice that was lacking, and seemingly insignificant, was a character description, based on physical appearance. There were a few tidbits, but not so much to get a clear image. You know, something like, "And his dark tumbling hair flew like a hurricane in the treacherous winds, and his dark lean body tossed like a rag doll" (yes, I made that up purely from my artistic talent ^_^) Basically, The Iron Witch was a bone with small bits of meat on it, a whimsy skeleton. The topic was one that made me keep reading. The Iron Witch is a promising, if somewhat lacking, start to what I hope will be an amazing series (trilogy?)