Review: The Stone Demon by Karen Mahoney

The Stone Demon by Karen Mahoney
Series: Iron Witch (# 3)
Release Date: April 8, 2013
Publisher:  Flux
Pages: 345
Source:  book provided by NetGalley for review

The just-unleashed demon hordes have delivered an impossible ultimatum to the Order of the Crow: produce the Philosopher’s Stone, or suffer a reaper storm of demonic tribulation. If alchemist’s apprentice Donna Underwood can’t recreate the mythical artifact, the world will be plunged into a devastating modern-day Dark Age. Pitting her dangerously unpredictable powers against a vengeful demon king, two maleficent faery queens, and an immortal magus with his own shadowy agenda, Donna must be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice—but this time, even death may not be enough.

 

Review: I enjoyed this series. I don’t know if it will be a reread for me but I would recommend it to YA novel readers.

The overarching plot that is seen over the course of the series is finally resolved. In my opinion, it’s not completely satisfactory in the ending, but it works. It gives enough of an explanation that I will accept it.

The character development was kind of slow throughout the series. A lot of things happened to them, and there were shocks to be had all around. However, in general, I feel like they were the same characters that they were at the beginning of the series, just with more understanding and communication between them. Again, I’ll accept this as this whole series took place over 3 months or so. The epilogue that we were given followed up on the relationships more than anything, and I couldn’t have been happier about that. Though it still left some questions, I was glad to know what would happen in the immediate future and the author was great about leaving it open for a continuation in the same world.

Overall, I was satisfied by the conclusion, and I definitely think that if you enjoyed the installments that came before, you’ll be happy with this one. I’ll be on the lookout for any more stories coming from this universe.

 

 






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