The Iron Maiden by Resa Nelson
Published Date: December 2011Publisher: Mundania Press
The Story: 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.
My Review: As much as I enjoyed The Dragonslayer’s Sword, I enjoyed The Iron Maiden even more! Astrid has developed so much. She’s no afraid of her own skin anymore, though she still prefers comforts of home. Once she realizes that her sword, the one she made for DiStephan, is gone, she has to find it. Through the travels, even more is revealed to her, about the world around, and herself. She runs into some old friends, and makes new ones. Even helps them to find their own inner strength.This is one series that is all about girl power/strength. I appreciated myself more while reading it. I realized that what I thought was weakness, was actually strength. Also, that my family is who I choose it to be, wither it may be my actual blood family, or many friends. I highly recommend this book!!