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.
Chanda Hahn is an extraordinary, talented author with an imagination I'm grateful she shares with us. I read and adored her Unfortunate Fairy Tale series and soon discovered she had another series released that has also received a lot of attention. Iron Butterfly. The name is unique and gives nothing away as to what could be in the story.
Iron Butterfly is a historical fantasy you won't soon forget. It would make a great addition to any fantasy lovers library. If you prefer castles and rolling hills in your scenery then stop now and grab your copy of this book on Amazon for Free while you can. The vibe of the surroundings had a classic feel to it, but beautifully interwoven into a tale of magic, tragedy, and mystery. The female protagonist harnesses realistic qualities with easy relatability for readers. After suffering much physical and mental trauma and being placed in a world foreign to her she displays behaviors typical of PTSD and struggles to adapt. As much as I enjoy a head strong heroine, I have a soft spot for those who earn the right to that title in the face of adversity. Thalia is written very well.
The characters are extremely loveable, but my favorite is Faraway. I love the connection he and Thalia share and the peace it seems to bring. I felt light hearted just reading of him!
The prose flows neatly and without comprehensive hiccups in the road that would force a reader to stall for any given amount of time, breaking the momentum of a great a story-line. It's pleasant to visualize and the emotional atmosphere is tangible, easily creating a loophole for the reader to live vicariously through female character's point of view.
There are slight plot twists throughout the story that satiate the intrigue and develop a delicious curiosity causing a quick, page turning response. It captured my attention entirely and I finished the book in a few short hours. I can't start book two quickly enough! I highly recommend Iron Butterfly as the next great fantasy novel! 5+ Stars