About the Book
Author: Madisyn Carlin
Genre: Christian Fantasy/Fairytale Retelling
Release date: September 30, 2022
Enforcing justice comes with a price.
Detective Redwyn “Red” Deathan will stop at nothing to uncover those behind the ruthless kidnappings of multiple children. But things are not as they seem, and Red’s efforts are thwarted at every turn. With each discovery the danger grows, putting Red and the lives of those she cares about at risk. Can she reveal the mastermind’s identity before she herself becomes a target?
IRON is a Christian, New Adult, Fantasy Fairytale Retelling
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This is an entertaining novel built around the Cinderella story in its more original form. It has a good heroine in Red. She's feisty, a bit compulsive and arrogant but tenacious in her detecting responsibilities. There is a good hero in Carter. Carlin has done a fine job in creating a character that elicits our sympathy. He is an honorable man being terribly mistreated and we hope he ultimately finds freedom to be his true self.
Carlin's writing style is sometimes flowery. Instead of falling off a horse, for example, “Ground replaced the saddle.” But the action flows nicely, interspersed with character thought. The themes of friendship and loyalty are prominent. There is a hint of romance near the end and there is also a good faith message included. You'll also find a good message about the different kinds of valor that result in honor.
This novel is a good fantasy although it does deal with the serious issue of human trafficking and does contain some violence but nothing graphic. It would be a good read for older youth through adults.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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There are many original Cinderella stories, from all cultures and languages. Perhaps the two most common tales, however, are Frenchman Charles Perrault’s (also called Cendrillon) and the German Brothers Grimm’s Aschenputtel. The majority of these originals, and Brothers Grimm’s in particular, are not the sparkles-and-magic versions we are more familiar with. They are darker, bloodier, and deadlier, though they still possess an amazing display of creativity and storytelling.
The iconic, classical Disney retelling drew from Perrault’s version. I based IRON off a blend of Aschenputtel and Perrault’s, with very little influence garnered from Disney’s. Although I wanted it to be obvious IRON is a fairy tale retelling, I also wanted to put an often-unfound spin on it, which is where Redwyn and her occupation shine through. In addition, I am a firm believer there is no such thing as ”love at first sight”, also called ”insta love”, which is quite common in many fairy tales and retellings.
Instead, I wanted to present a nonmagical retelling based on faith, family, and bravery. Perhaps that is why this story turned out rawer and much more touching than I ever imagined. Within the pages of this book loyalty drives characters to step outside their comfortable boundaries and preferences, desperation reminds them why they need God, and bravery takes root even in those who thought themselves hopeless cowards.
Heavy faith elements, feathers, cranky horses, wolves, sinister plots, a creepy forest, and more take this story beyond the typical plot found in Cinderella retellings. There’s also humor, sarcasm, and a feisty detective who can’t quite grasp the concept of tactfulness.
So, if you enjoy fairy tale retellings with a plentitude of faith, humor, and action, IRON might be the book for you.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)