Synopsis: Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs, but their actions have propelled them straight into the ranks of the realm-wide Resistance against Gardnerian encroachment. As the Resistance struggles against the harsh rulings of High Priest Marcus Vogel and the Mage Council, Elloren begins to realize that none of the people she cares about will be safe if Gardneria seizes control of the Western Realm.
With tensions heating up in Verpacia, more and more Gardnerian soldiers continue to descend upon the university…led by none other than Lukas Grey, now commander of the newly rebuilt Fourth Division base. Though Elloren tries to keep him at arm’s length, Lukas is determined to wandfast to her, convinced that she has inherited her grandmother’s magic—the prophesied power of the Black Witch. As his very nearness seems to awaken a destructive power inside her, Elloren finds it more and more difficult to believe that she’s truly powerless, as her uncle always claimed.
Caught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas Grey, Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect everyone she loves…even if that means protecting them from herself.
The Iron Flower is such a great second installment in the Black Witch series! So many things in the Iron Flower get even more intense, more heartbreaking, and more severe. Honestly… I loved it.
Our main character, Elloren, really starts to see the world is not as simple as she once thought. She’s starting to see the dark parts and choosing a side in a fierce battle that we know is imminent. With our side characters, you really start to adore Yvan, the lupines, Wynter, Ariel and the whole gang. Watching all of them grow as a team makes the story even more close knit. We don’t see a ton of Lukas in this book, which as harsh as he is I found myself missing his presence.
Speaking of the men, we finally start to get some swoon-worthy moments and I was living for it! The ending of this book was tough and heartbreaking and I cannot wait to see where our gang all ends up in The Shadow Wand.