Iron Butterfly Series Review

Iron_Butterfly.jpgThe Iron Butterfly (Iron Butterfly Series, Book 2) by Chanda Hahn

Synopsis: 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.

About the Author: Chanda Hahn is a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY Bestselling Author. She uses her experience as a children’s pastor, children’s librarian and bookseller to write compelling and popular fiction for teens. She was born in Seattle, WA, grew up in Nebraska and currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband and their twin children.

Genre: young adult, fantasy, romance

More Info: iBooks, 265 pages, published on February 20, 2012 by Word Circus


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The Steele Wolf (Iron Butterfly Series, Book 2) by Chanda Hahn

Synopsis: After finally settling into her new life at the Citadel, Thalia is reunited with her father, who is disturbed at the changes within her. Risking banishment, Thalia must work to prove to her clan and herself that she is still capable of leading them. The problem is, her memories haven’t returned, and she cannot shake the feeling that she doesn’t belong.

Thalia discovers that betrayal runs deep within her clan, just as she sets out to join Joss and Kael in doing the one thing she fears most: track the Septori to save Joss’ kidnapped sister. Along the way, she must confront her own fears on a journey of self-discovery that will take her deep into the stronghold of Denai; as they travel to the ancient floating city of Skyfell.

About the Author: Chanda Hahn is a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY Bestselling Author. She uses her experience as a children’s pastor, children’s librarian and bookseller to write compelling and popular fiction for teens. She was born in Seattle, WA, grew up in Nebraska and currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband and their twin children.

Genre: young adult, fantasy, romance

More Info: Kindle Edition, 216 pages, published on December 31, 2012 by Word Circus


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The Silver Siren (Iron Butterfly Series, Book 3) by Chanda Hahn

Synopsis: Every journey has an end.
Unable to find the answers she sought in Skyfell, Thalia, Joss, and Kael travel to Haven with a prisoner in tow. An attack on the road waylays their plans, and Thalia finds herself traveling alone with Kael to the hidden sanctuary of the SwordBrothers.
But war is on the horizon and the Raven is amassing his army. This time, the target is not Calandry, but the Sirens of Sinnedor. When family ties are revealed, Thalia must choose sides. Desperate to break the final seal on her power and save those she loves, will Thalia willingly taste the bitter pain of the iron butterfly machine one final time?

About the Author: Chanda Hahn is a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY Bestselling Author. She uses her experience as a children’s pastor, children’s librarian and bookseller to write compelling and popular fiction for teens. She was born in Seattle, WA, grew up in Nebraska and currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband and their twin children.

Genre: young adult, fantasy, romance

More Info: Kindle edition, 330 pages, published on May 27, 2014 by Smashwords


Series Review

4.5

This series is so different and unique compared to all of the rest. I believe this series is severely underhyped; it is actually one of my favorites. This series uses conventional tropes and themes, but they are combined in such a special way that make them new.

THE WORLD-BUILDING! Sorry, had to get that out there. The land and the people that Hahn creates are flawed, but still relatable despite the vast difference from Earth. You have Calandry and Sinnedor; Denai, Clans, Adepts, Kings and Queens, Sirens, and Swordbrothers. The series of events over the course of the books take you all over their world.

Along the way, readers watch the progression of the main character Thalia. She doesn’t give up easily; she works hard not to be the victim. She turns into a kick-a$! female protagonist, but also has a lot of people to protect her (specifically two handsome, young men).

Oh! I can’t forget about Faraway! The horse is a very important addition to Thalia’s life/team. He supports her (and can talk to her telepathically) no matter what and occasionally acts as her conscience.

Kael and Joss are two sides of the same coin. Both are actually quite emotional in place of the usual “tough-guy” prescription. They also have their own talents: Kael with fighting and Joss with elemental manipulation. I prefered Joss at first, but Kael grew on me over time. He reminds me a little of Daemon in the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

The writing is overall beautiful. It’s not flawless, but the description and variation are on point. The plot development improves over time.

The first two books end with cliffhanger that completely grip your attention. Luckily the whole series is published and you won’t have to wait long (as long as it takes to buy all three novels). The finale of the third book is perfect. While open-ended, I still think it is a perfect ending to the series.

There is so much more I could say, but for now let’s stick with this: give this series a shot, you may be surprised!

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8 thoughts on “Iron Butterfly Series Review

    • Jessica @ Pore Over the Pages says:

      I really like this series. I’ve read it for the second or third time now.
      It can be dark, but I like Thalia’s character progression through the trials she has to face.
      With the whole diversity kick everyone is on, it doesn’t completely fit the role. However, I find the world-building and group tension very interesting…and human. The common themes are told in such a unique way, that it seems new.
      I hope you enjoy this series. (I think I read another of her books, but I enjoyed these more.) Let me know what you think!
      Jessica @poreoverthepages

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      • TeacherofYA says:

        I know all about the diversity kick, and while I think it’s a great movement, it’s not going to dictate what I read. I’m happy when I choose a book that is diverse, but most diverse literature currently is in the contemporary genre, and I don’t read contemporary. Now, I want to read The Star-Touched Queen and I have Labyrinth Lost (I think that’s the name?) checked out, but I will also read books by Chanda Hahn and I see no prob with it. Some people are bullying people who aren’t actively reading diverse Lit. Doesn’t that defeat the point? 🤔
        I’m glad you liked it…I will check it out! And I am kinda glad you brought up that point…I can’t avoid books bc they aren’t in the diverse realm, bc to me I feel like that’s keeping some good books from being read. It’s all about choice. Making good choices. 😊

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      • Jessica @ Pore Over the Pages says:

        I will strive to read more diverse books. But, I will also continue to read my favorite genre and favorite authors, some of which aren’t that diverse (which I recognize).
        The fighting on Twitter, Insta, Blogs, etc. has actually turned me off.
        Also, diverse reading is subjective. Everyone has had different experiences and marginalization, which equals varying perspectives/takes on diversity.
        *This comment is not meant to be offensive.*

        On a different, but similar note: The Star-Touched Queen was pretty good. And I’ve heard of Labyrinth Lost, but haven’t looked into yet. I will now, though. 🙂

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