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The Iron Butterfly (The Iron Butterfly #1) by Chanda Hahn

The Iron Butterfly (The Iron Butterfly, #1)The Iron Butterfly by Chanda Hahn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Imprisoned, starved and left with no memories, Thalia awakens to find herself at the mercy of an evil cult known as the Septori. Their leader has chosen Thalia as the test subject for a torture device of untold power, designed to change and twist her into something that is neither human nor Denai.

Escaping, Thalia finds an unwilling warrior to protect her and an unlikely Denai to befriend her. After finding a home at the Citadel as a servant, Thalia’s worst nightmare comes to life and she begins to show signs of power. Scared and unable to control her gifts, she tries to hide her past to fit in among the Denai. But the Septori want their latest test subject back and will stop at nothing to retrieve her, dead or alive."


I cannot wait to read the second book! I too would like some answers, haha!

Well, let me begin by saying that I got this book for free on amazon because the cover was appealing, as was the price. I started reading this book because I got bored with a different book I was reading, so I just chose a random book from my kindle and started reading. I'm glad I chose this book, and I'm glad I didn't stop reading because this book is wonderfully told. There are a few editing/ spelling mistakes, as self publishing will sometimes have, but the plot pulled me along so well that I just ignored them.

"I think I knew all along, that safe was a foreign word and never included me." (148)

I like the characters, although a greater characterization build up wouldn't have gone amidst. Thalia has had her memory erased, has been imprisoned and tortured and has been rescued. This doesn't mean she's safe from harm, but she must relearn this new world, and relearn her own self.

"I wanted to be a strong independent woman. Not a sick child that need saving from her shadow." (42)

Her not-so-instalove savior, Joss, has become a major force in her life as Thalia goes through the throws of attending a specialized school and dealing with normal teenage drama. Thalia wants to know who and what precisely she is, and goes through a metamorphosis of learning her own unique abilities and using them to protect herself, and unintentionally catch the attention of the local society. If she's not Denai, then what is she?

"'You are an enigma, a puzzle, an unknown, and to the human population that is a terrifying factor.'" (113)

This fantasy appealed towards my interests and guided my imagination through a wonderful world with a great history. Filled with Humans, Denais, Swordbrothers, Adepts and much more, this is the journey of Thalia and how she goes from torture to self enlightenment.

First Line: "When I first awoke in the darkness that was my prison cell, I was brave, fearless and I still had enough fight in me to question the rules." (1)
Last Line: "My heart felt heavy and as we passed through the gates, turned onto a side road and headed towards the Shadow Mountains, towards home, towards answers." (265)

"The coldness made me gasp for breath and water filled my mouth making me choke. I was able to glimpse the starry night turning bright with orange fire before my world turned pitch black." (16)

"I took in the wind-blown, sandy blonde hair and dimpled smile. His deep green eyes were pools of emotions. Worry, kindness, hope were so evident in them that I soon lost all thought of being afraid. He was beautiful, too beautiful to be human." (17)

"I was there because you dragged me there." (107)

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Kindle Edition265 pages
Published February 20th 2012

1 comment:

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