Fantastic Fables has a special treat today from Karen Mahoney. She has decided to write her own fable. An introduction to The Iron Witch Trilogy! The Stone Demon is final novel in The Iron Witch Trilogy was released on April 8, 2013. Want to know our thoughts on The Iron Witch, the first novel in the series? Read the review here.
Today’s giveaway is provided by Karen Mahoney! One lucky reader will win a copy of The Stone Demon. Winner can choose between US/UK/Australian covers. See the covers here.
The Iron Witch Trilogy: In the beginning…
Once upon a time, in the small American city of Ironbridge, there lived a girl called Donna Underwood.
Donna’s mother and father, Rachel and Patrick, loved their daughter and took great care of her. The three of them lived happily for some years, at least… in the beginning.
But the Underwoods were also members of a secret society of alchemists called the Order of the Dragon. Although the Order’s leader, the Archmaster, was a good man he was aging and in ill health and, perhaps more importantly, was under the influence of his partner: the Magus, Simon Gaunt. The Magus had many secrets of his own and he guarded them well. He was greedy and wanted many things, but the other alchemists did not know that the thing he desired the most was the spark of power inside the young Donna Underwood.
The Magus – who, incidentally, never aged – watched Donna grow up in the comfort and security of her parents’ arms. For the first seven years of her life he bided his time, but as she grew so did his avarice, for Donna was born with a sliver of the Prima Materia – the First Matter, one of the building blocks of all creation – buried deep within her being. Nobody knew how this power would manifest as she became older, but it was something that had the potential to make and unmake. It was something that could even open doors to other worlds.
Now, the Order of the Dragon had spent centuries at war with the fey of Faerie and the demons of the Underworld. The three races could never agree on anything, but at one time the human magicians had been powerful enough to fight them. The modern world, however, had not helped the alchemists, and the Order grew weaker as the years passed. They were old and they were dying and they needed new blood. The Magus continued to watch the young Donna in the hope of using her for his own evil purposes. He knew that the fey were at war even among themselves: the bright, beautiful faeries and the dark, savage wood elves on either side of a growing divide. The demons were safely locked away in their own realm, unable to influence the oncoming storm (or so it was believed). Plans took root in the Magus’ mind, like the twisted roots of the tallest trees in the Ironwood.
In the beginning, the Magus watched. And he waited.
Shortly after Donna’s seventh birthday, he made his move.
But Patrick and Rachel Underwood were ready. They took their daughter and fled into the Ironwood.
Running from the Magus had been wise, but running into the heart of the Ironwood was a serious miscalculation. A mistake. In fact, the worst mistake of their lives for between this world and another, between the gaps in the trees, the dark elves had made their home in the Elflands. Exiled from the realm of Faerie by their fair cousins and led by the cruel Wood Queen, Aliette, they hid in secret places and waited to catch their prey.
Aliette kept a pet with her in her home among the trees, a fey creature that belonged in the most mythological of bestiaries. A pet that had many names, but was most often referred to simply as the Wood Monster. It had eyes of flame and teeth sharp enough to cut through bone. And it was hungry.
Perhaps, in a fairy tale, the brave Underwoods would have bested the elves and their Wood Monster. They might even have saved their daughter and escaped from the Magus.
But this is not just a fairy tale about how an innocent girl became the Iron Witch.
This is a true story, Donna Underwood’s story, and it has only just begun…
THE IRON WITCH, THE WOOD QUEEN & THE STONE DEMON make up my YA contemporary fantasy trilogy for Flux in the US and Random House in the UK. It’s about alchemy, dark elves, and a girl with magical iron tattoos. FALLING TO ASH (September 2012), began a new series for Random House UK about an ass-kicking teen vampire called Moth. You can read more of Moth’s adventures in her very own webcomic: www.mothtales.com
In my varied career I’ve been a professional Tarot reader, a college counsellor, a dating agency consultant and a bookseller. Ever since I was six years old what I really wanted to be was Wonder Woman, but have instead settled for being a writer which is the best job of all!
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Available April 8, 2013 from Flux
About this Book:
After being tricked into opening the doorway to the Demon Realm by Aliette, the Wood Queen, Donna Underwood is faced with a terrible ultimatum from the newly released demon hordes. They demand that the alchemists deliver the Philosopher’s Stone, or their reaper storm will plunge the world into a devastating modern-day Dark Age.
Donna is sent to London, England, where she must complete her alchemist’s training and learn how to recreate the Stone. But time is running out. Between facing the vengeful demon king, Demian, and collecting the Stone’s elements, Donna realizes she must give her own life in order to succeed. And this time, even braving death may not be enough to save the world.
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