Back in 2011 I picked up a copy of The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney at Waterstones in London. I quickly fell in love with the story and sent out a tweet to Karen after I finished it. Since then, we tweet every now and then and I've continued to read more of her work - The Wood Queen (The Iron Witch #2), Falling to Ash (Moth #1) and just this week I read her most recent bookt: The Stone Demon. It's the last book in the Iron Witch series and I have to admit I'm a bit sad about that. So, just because I love this series so much, I'd like to share my thoughts on The Stone Demon.
Curious about Karen? You can read more here.
Keep in mind that if you're planning on reading this series, there might be a few spoilers in my review. But I think I've kept them to a minimum... ;-)
The Stone Demon picks up about a month after Donna left for London. She's staying with the Order of the Crow. After some snooping around - more or less - in the library, Donna receives a note. Or better: an invitation to a masquerade ball, from Demian, the demon king. And that sets things in motion... big time.
This book was a thrill, going from world to another. It was fast paced and full of wacky humour - not to mention Donna's sarcasm, which I absolutely love. New and very interesting characters were introduced, but I also loved the fact that there was still so much to learn about the characters we already know - Donna, Navin and Xan, for that matter, but also Demian and Maker.
Donna seems to have grown even more in this book - finding out who she is and what she wants in this world. What is it really that she stands for? A big hooray from me here - isn't this what young adult books are all about? Growing up, finding your place in the world we call 'adults'? Donna certainly did in this book.
Navin was... Navin, good old Navin. Boyish, teasing, a wacky sense of humor. He's not just Donna's friend - it feels like he's your best friend when you read the book.
Xan (Alexander) was a bit less involved in this book, but that was okay. The parts he was involved in were totally cool - totally Xan. ;-)
I don't want to spoil everything for those who still want to read the book, so I'm not going to talk about everything that happens - you'll have to find that out for yourself. What I do want to add is that when I look back at 2011 - when I first read The Iron Witch - and compare that to The Stone Demon now, it feels to me like Karen has grown even more in her writing the last years. I've read the entire Iron Witch series, plus Falling to Ash, and it's really fun to see!
To Karen: You did an outstanding job in tying up this series. Thanks so much for writing this - it's truly one of my favourite series in its genre. :-) There. See. Way too much to Tweet ;-)