Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Iron Maiden by Resa Nelson

Title: The Iron Maiden
Author: Resa Nelson
Publisher: Mundania Press LLC 
Publication Date: December 13, 2011
Source: Author

Summary: Astrid is reluctant to travel the winter route beyond the Northlands, even though it’s her duty. She’d rather stay home in her village, surrounded by friends and neighbors. Ignoring the bonds of tradition, she decides to spend the cold winter months in the warmth of her blacksmithing shop. Why should she leave the comfort of her cottage to serve and protect foreigners who might raid and harm her native Northlands?

Everything changes when a traveling merchant steals Starlight, the first dragonslayer’s sword Astrid forged and her last link to her sweetheart DiStephan. Having no time to alert her friends, Astrid races in pursuit of the merchant, determined to reclaim Starlight as her own and return home in time for dinner. Instead, her quest leads her to new lands, unexpected friendships with foreigners, and a harrowing encounter with the damage done by the followers of a new god that considers women as nothing more than servants to men. All the while, she must be ready to face any dragon traveling the winter route. 

Review: The Iron Maiden is the second book in The Dragonslayer's series and I have to say, I think I enjoyed this one a lot more than the first. 

The thing that I liked the most about this installment was the travel. Astrid and some friends she gathers along the way travel a long way to get their "quests" done. It was so great to see all the different places in the fantasy lands and learn all the different ways people thought. 

Astrid is back and even more likable. For some reason I was able to follow her story a lot easier than before and I just plain enjoyed her character. Astrid also meets a young woman named Margeet who I really enjoyed. She was a strong character and definitely grew a lot through the book. 

The plot could be a little slow and meandering at times but otherwise it was full of action and new developments. 

Overall, I enjoyed this new installment quite a bit. I 'm also quite curious to see where this series goes. So far, it's off to a great start! 

Rating: 3.5 stars
Don't forget to check out the giveaway for the first book on Goodreads! Click HERE. I'll have more information about giveaways tomorrow, along with an interview!


Christy @ TheReaderBee said...

Hmmm, somehow I've not heard of this series before. Glad you enjoyed this second book more than you did the first book!

Lisa said...

I love when the characters have to undergo a quest. It somehow makes the story seem epic and of great importance.

Lauren M said...

I love quest books, too! It's always fun to read about people traveling all over the place. It's a bummer The Iron Maiden wasn't as quick-paced as it could be, but it sounds good otherwise. Great review, Katie!
- Lauren

Mary @ BookSwarm said...

Very cool cover--and I like the premise of this story.

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