Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Age: 16+

Recommendation: Absolutely, would appeal to anyone that enjoys following a character from a dark and scary place into the light and on a journey of self discovery.

Type: Series, this is book one and all three are out.

Summary: A really good read overall. + strong female lead + good chemistry + mystery +action +strong supporting characters +pretty decent world building


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.

Favorite Quote:

“When I first awoke in the darkness that was my prison cell, I was brave, fearless and I still had enough fight in me to question the rules. But after my third beating by Scar Lip, I learned to hold my tongue in his presence. After my first taste of torture on the machine, I learned obedience.”

Full Review:

Ohhh Ms. Hahn, what have we gotten ourselves into? The Iron Butterfly is the first installment in a three book series by Chandra Hahn that centers around the lead female character Thalia. The book opens with Thalia in an unknown place, being tortured by a sick and twisted group called the Septori with no memory of who she is or how she got there. Apparently these freaks have been doing experiments on her and others for reasons unknown to her. She just knows it blows and after reading what she experienced I concur. The book follows her journey to discover who she is, what happened and what her future holds. Along the way you meet several interesting characters. A bit of a triangle evolves but I wouldn’t call it a love triangle by any means.

The book keeps you interested and involved in a world where Humans aren’t the only race and things aren’t always as they seem. Definitely going to read the second installment Steele Wolf next. Would recommend this book for 16+ but it held my interest as a full fledged twenty something. I read it on nook format but it is available on Amazon in paperback as well.  This book gives you action, the constant drive to discover whats next alongside the main character who literally has no idea what is going on and a little taste of affection felt by two people that aren’t supposed to be together by societal norms. I would definitely recommend it. Short and sweet at less than 300 pages, it makes for a quick and fun read. Cliffhanger positive though folks, Hahn has you eating out of her hand making you want to know exactly what in the heck Thalia is going to do next with the hand given to her.

This book goes on my list of must read books in a series.

On Amazon: The Iron Butterfly

On B&N: The Iron Butterfly

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