Summary: 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 safe if Gardneria seizes control of the Western Realm.
With tensions heating up in Verpacia, more and more Gardnerian soldiers continue to descend upon the university…led by none other than Lukas Grey, now commander of the newly rebuilt Fourth Division base. Though Elloren tries to keep him at arm’s length, Lukas is determined to wandfast to her, convinced that she has inherited her grandmother’s magic—the prophesied power of the Black Witch. As his very nearness seems to awaken a darkness inside her, 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 Grey, 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.
My Thoughts: I was so excited to get back to the world of The Black Witch Chronicles with The Iron Flower. It was one of my most anticipated releases of this year, and it definitely delivered. We pick up right where we left off at the end of The Black Witch, and I immediately became reabsorbed into the story of Elloren. While she can sometimes be a bit whiny and victim-y, I can’t help but feel for her and root for her to succeed. She recognizes and is disgusted by the privilege that she comes from, and wants to do everything in her power to fix the horrible things that her people are doing. All of the characters in this series are very well developed and interesting, and we only add more layers in this book. The love triangle between Elloren, Yvan, and Lukas is great and continues to grow. The sexual tension between Elloren and Yvan almost killed me with anticipation and I wanted to scream at them to BE TOGETHER ALREADY. Their relationship has grown so much and is the ultimate slow burn. This world that Forest has created is incredibly vast and detailed, and we got to experience so much more of it this time. We deal a lot with the politics happening in and around Verpacia, and it’s all super dark and I can’t wait to see how things will end up. SO much happens in this book and I never knew where it was going to go. The ending was very satisfying and had a great build leading up to a huge cliff hanger. I am along for the ride, and I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next.