Title: The Stone Demon
Author: Karen Mahoney
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: The Iron Witch (Book 3)
Publication Date: April 8, 2013
Format: Paperback, 336 Pages
ISBN-10: 0738733407 (Flux)
ISBN-13: 978-0738733401 (Flux)
Reviewed by: Candy
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.
Quick & Dirty: This book is about Donna Underwood, a girl who has been raised her whole life to be an alchemist. Now because of a wood elf she has been tricked into opening the gates of hell and setting free the demon king. To save the world she must face many trials and tribulations.
Opening Sentence: They say that the truth sets you free.
For starters this is the third book in the Iron Witch Series. I do recommend reading the first two books before reading this book. The story is about a seventeen year old girl named Donna Underwood. Donna is no ordinary girl; she is an alchemist in training. On top of that she contains a very important material in her body called the “first matter.” This is the material that everything is supposed to come from. In this, the third book, Donna has released demons onto the world and only she can stop them from destroying the world by making the philosopher’s stone, which will not be an easy task.
Donna for me, was one of those characters that I sometimes liked her and other times I hated her. I understand she is only seventeen and there is a lot happening in her life but she becomes very whiney and blames others for her problems. Other times though, she is awesome and isn’t afraid to face off against some very powerful beings such as the fae and the demon king himself. She does step up and make some very hard decisions. Also, I understand she was just supposed to be friends with Navin and in love with Xan but sometimes I felt like she was leading Navin on and maybe was a little closer to him than she should have been.
This was a good story but the reason you should definitely read the other two books is because by the time you get to this book you should know all about the characters so you will recognize how they relate to Donna. The third book is focused on Donna. The one character who is new to the story is Demain, the demon king. Demain is after one thing, the philosopher’s stone. He will do anything to get his hands on it including romancing Donna to try and make her like him or destroy the world. He’s the perfect villain. He comes off as charming, good looking, and nice until he does not get what he wants. When this happens he becomes the demon king that you would expect; angry, hateful, and destructive. He is such a evil being that even enemies are willing to work together to send him back to hell.
For those who have read the rest of the series this is a wonderful conclusion to the series and a must read. Of course if it is the last book the ending makes the romantic in me want it to go on but the other part of me who just likes a good book is satisfied. I recommend this book to those who like a bit of light magic, demons and a daring heroine.
The woman stares directly at Donna and smiles with a mouth full of blood-stained teeth. Her eyes are strange… inhuman. The pupils are shaped like hourglasses, and sand is slipping through them like tears.
“We all die,” the woman says. “That’s the secret to life.”
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FTC Advisory: Flux provided me with a copy of The Stone Demon. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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