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The Iron Butterfly (The Iron Butterfly Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Chanda Hahn
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1213 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Morningstar Books (Feb. 20 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BKQPJ2
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh fantasy story July 9 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
It's very difficult to find a book that keeps your attention and keeps you reading for hours. This one- does. In fact, it was so good I went out and bought the second of the series. (My mom loved it too!)

The entire book is a journey of discovery for the heroine- one that the reader is invited along on. There are parts that are endearing, parts that will make you chuckle- parts that will make you sad. The characters are believable and likable.

Pick up this book. You won't be sorry. I've decided Miss Hahn is a favorite author of mine (another being Sherrilyn Kenyon).
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5.0 out of 5 stars waiting for more May 20 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
I love love love this book. I read thi book about two years ago and i fell in love with the characters, the magic, and that damn horse ( when you read the third book you will understa d why i am upset).This book pulls you in from the start, and holds you hostage till the last page. Honestly I have read all three books in the series, each time staying up way to late because i get hooked. I enjoythese book so much I have looked up and read all this authors books on amazon, and am impatiently waiting for more.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an amazing YA fantasy that everyone should read :) April 5 2012
By Meaghan - Published on
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***spoiler free***
When I first found this book I was intrigued by the premise of it and since it was 99 cents I thought what the heck. I am oh so glad I bought this book. The world that Chanda Hahn created was so great. I loved the storyline of The Iron Butterfly as well as the cast of characters, Thalia was a strong protagonist who didnt let the horrors of her past overcome her. I loved her strength and her determination as well as her relationship with Faraway. The writing was captivating and really drew me in. Sure there are some spelling and grammatical errors but hey who are we to judge? This is a self-published book, if the author accidently made some mistakes who cares?? Anyway, I think its a shame that this book isn't more popular. It has everything that I could want in a book; a page-turning plot, lovable characters, a cool ass-kicking training game, a strong heroine and a talking horse all for the low price of 99 cents. So if you're on this page contemplating whether or not to purchase this book, DO IT! This book is fantastic and I doubt you'll regret it. :) Eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
108 of 129 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK YA Fantasy Jan. 12 2013
By Art - Published on
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This is an odd book, in that the main character gets tortured (not much described, but enough to know it was real torture with lots of death around her), loses her memory in the process, and then after a few pages with a flashback or two, with no memory return, she is off to the magic university to start swooning over a pretty boy and having trouble with the mean girl. Sure people try to kill her now and then, but for someone that was recently tortured and has no memory, she more or less dives right into the stereotypical "going to magic school trying to fit in" thing. She thinks about the boy a lot more than she worries about who she might have been before she lost her memory or the people that keep trying to kill her. In short, I found her character unbelievable, and it felt like the serious themes were largely ignored in favor of the YA stuff.

I found the plot a little lazy and loose, like the author didnt think much about whether things really made sense. For example, when people keep trying to kill the girl, the decision is somehow made by the magic school that the girl should play the hunted prey in a training exercise. You know, get over yourself girl, so what if you were tortured and people keep trying to kill you, its just an exercise, why dont you view it as empowering? Another example, even though she was tortured not to long ago, and even though people are trying to kill her with alarming regularity, she rejects having a bodyguard because she wants to "live her life" -- despite the fact that she cant remember "her life" and hasnt remotely forged a new one.

The writing is reasonably paced and engaging, and the good reviews could be legitimate. However, while I did not find this to be a terrible YA fantasy, I didnt find it particularly good either.

P.S. For a YA fantasy done at a more sophisticated level, I recommend Psion Beta, which has around 150 5 star reviews on Amazon. Just as in this book, there is a good measure of teen boy + girl stuff in Psion Beta, but its wrapped in a much more involved and tightly written adventure story.
44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can you say Valedmar? Feb. 6 2013
By Cat Mom - Published on
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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but I don't think Misty would be flattered by this wholesale lifting of the world of Valdemar. Evidently none of the reviewers here have ever read that wonderful series by Mercedes Lackey, or they would have recognized much of it in this book: A country of magic users who is hated and warred upon by the surrounding countries because of those magic users, all of whom said magicians have different "gifts" and different magic strengths; blue-eyed, white Guardians in the form of horses who bond with one person and have the gift of mind speech; reclusive, legendary warriors called Swordbrothers (read Hawkbrothers); a capital city called Haven; a school for magic users, complete with weapons training; thinly veiled character names pulled from the Valdemar series like the main character Thalia (read Talia)....the list goes on and on. Being a fledgling writer myself, I know how hard it is to come up with fresh ideas that have not been done to death, but that does not excuse what borders on outright plagiarism.

As if that weren't bad enough, I agree with the reviewer who commented on the lack of proofreading - there was absolutely no editing done on this book, and it makes the author look like a third grader.

And it's too bad the author did not do even halfway the in depth character development and plotting that Misty did so well with the Valdemar series. I'm just glad my daughter did not spend a lot of money to download this book. (Yes, I read everything my daughter downloads!)
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and colorful Jan. 3 2013
By Claire - Published on
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Chanda did a wonderful job! This book held my attention completely. So much so that I finished it in two days. I can not wait to get my hands on her next book.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not even worth the time spent reading it March 1 2013
By Siyris - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I am giving this book a chance -- I have read through 1/3 of it so far, and while the idea of it is interesting, it fails to meet what it sets out to do.

Firstly, the main character is very flat -- which is kind of hard to do in a first-person narrative, but there we go. It seems like there might be something there in the beginning, but unfortunately, any time there is the faintest glimmer of development, the author shies away from it.
She also has very unrealistic thoughts and changes of mood. For example, (SPOILERS) in the start of the book, she escapes from a horrible situation in which she has been tortured (no details on how, but that's a different complaint, see below) for seemingly a long amount of time. Once she escapes, one of her torturers finds her and attacks her, and as soon as she thinks she might be free of him, she is knocked unconscious. She wakes to find herself in a camp with two men. And she immediately notices that one of them is extremely handsome and her heart flutters and she feels herself blush. In no world would a character be able to have that sort of reaction after escaping from something traumatic. Especially not when you add in that these are strangers, and the people who were torturing her were all men. A few pages later, this same supposedly traumatized girl willing accepts food from these complete strangers, tells them her story, and then sleeps peacefully through the night. In addition, she constantly switches back and forth between trusting them and being horribly suspicious of them. In the same sentence.

Secondly, the author is clearly unaccustomed to using a first-person point of view. There are points where the main character is describing herself as 'graceful' or having particular physical features. She also describes the thoughts of other characters, however in other places declares she has no way of knowing people's thoughts. There is another point where she has her eyes closed, and yet describes the actions of those around her. This is a rather big problem for readers as it ruins the suspense of disbelief.

Thirdly, there are very few solid descriptions of things. The author has a great concept here, however shies away from actually fleshing out the details. There are mentions of 'horrible torture' and 'unbearable pain' but there is no explanation of what those tortures are or how the pain happens. It's all telling, with no showing... which makes for a very hazy world. The lack of good descriptions of emotions, visual aspects of the world, and events leaves the reader unable to truly appreciate the world created by the book.

Fourthly, and my biggest problem with this book, the author does not have (nor has done the research in order to obtain) a high enough diction level to write this book. There are some basics that just are not met here. If you are going to have a scene in which someone is putting tack on a horse, and you mention tightening a cinch... you can't then say that "I didn't bother with the saddle." If you use particular terms, at least make sure you know what they mean. On the other hand, if you are going to write a Sword and Sorcery type of fantasy novel, some words are kind of important to know.... like the various parts of bladed weapons (hilt, pommel, blade). If you are going to write about horseback riding, then you should make sure you know the details of what is and is not feasible to do while riding. If you are going to mention particulars about types of food, make sure they make sense. Having two characters who claim to have been in the wilderness for a week or more carrying "Day old bread" makes no sense.
For me, these sorts of basic things made this book almost physically painful to read. I am trying, and will continue to try to finish this book. However, right now it feels like pulling teeth.

Overall, I would say that this author does have potential, but needs a lot more practice and a fair bit of coaching. As for this book, it feels as though a 8th or 9th grader wrote it. Great ideas to start with, but it needs a lot of work.
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