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Saturday, September 15, 2012

{Review} The Iron Maiden by Resa Nelson

THE IRON MAIDEN

Dragonslayer #2
by Resa Nelson
Publication Date: December 2011
Publisher: Mundania Press
Pages/Format: 204; Paperback & e-book
Source: Author

Astrid is reluctant to travel the winter route beyond the Northlands, even though it's her duty. She'd rather stay home in her village, surrounded by friends and neighbors. Ignoring the bonds of tradition, she decides to spend the cold winter months in the warmth of her blacksmithing shop. Why should she leave the comfort of her cottage to serve and protect foreigners who might raid and harm her native Northlands?

Everything changes when a traveling merchant steals Starlight, the first dragonslayer's sword Astrid forged and her last link to her sweetheart DiStephan. Having no time to alert her friends, Astrid races in pursuit of the merchant, determined to reclaim Starlight as her own and return home in time for dinner. Instead, her quest leads her to new lands, unexpected friendships with foreigners, and a harrowing encounter with the damage done by the followers of a new god that considers women as nothing more than servants to men. All the while, she must be ready to face any dragon traveling the winter route.

In Book 2 of the Dragonslayer series, Astrid must learn that deciding who she is isn't a decision she can make just once. Instead, it's a decision she must make every day.
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With The Iron Maiden, Resa Nelson continues to dazzle readers with her engaging story telling. Astrid, the new dragonslayer taking the place of her friend DiStephen, is off on a new and enlightening adventure. When Astrid's prize sword, Starlight, goes missing she's forced to travel outside of the familiar territory of Scalding. Her travels bring knowledge that women are not treated with respect as they are in the Nothernlands, from where Astrid hails.

It's such a pleasure to see that the aptly named story's themes regarding women, appearance, and one's role in life continue in The Iron Maiden. Perspectives from new, and familiar, characters that are central to this story give greater insight into more of Astrid's world and the relationship between dragonslayer and dragon Nelson introduced in The Dragonslayer's Sword.

The mystery is still flowing through this series and readers will be itching to find the answers to their and Astrid's questions. The fact that Astrid doesn't know everything about dragons, dragonslayers, and the history of Scalding territory does not detract from her strength and ability to make the right decisions. Astrid continues to grow as a dragonslayer and person. One can only imagine where her experiences will take her with the next story, The Stone of Darkness.
*ebook provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

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