January 30th, 2011

French Succubus Nights

Books of iron. Er, steel.

If you like books with 'Iron' in the title (and who doesn't?), you'll notice that there are an awful lot of them coming out. Iron Crowned is in good company. Why the metal obsession? Well, in a lot of myths and stories, iron is the traditional bane to the supernatural. Iron can counteract magic in some beliefs, and you see remnants of that idea in old superstitions involving horseshoes and iron nails. So, it's not a surprise that in the paranormal genre, 'iron' has become a popular concept and title word, right along with other favorite themes like blood and shadows.

Anyway, amidst these iron-clad titles are a couple YAs by friends of mine. One is The Iron Witch by my favorite Tarot reader and London tour guide Karen Mahoney. TIW just came out this week in the U.S. and U.K. It's about a teen girl living with the legacy of being attacked by fairies when she was little. The fairies killed her father and did damage to her hands and arms that could only be repaired with magical iron tattoos. (Alchemy!) Naturally, this creates some problems with her when she's older. She has to face her past when fairies kidnap her best friend, forcing her to team up with a mysterious (and highly attractive) part-fey guy. Lots of good, dark fairy stuff here.

Next month, I'll talk about The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge, another awesome title that's coming out later in February.

And with that, I'm back to work! The Children's Choice Book Awards are still going on at Teenreads.com if you want to vote for Last Sacrifice, Spirit Bound, or any other 2010 YA title.

More updates coming soon!