Tour + Review: IRON by Madisyn Carlin

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?



What IRON Isn’t/Is

IRON – A Christian Fantasy Cinderella Retelling

What IRON isn’t.
1) A general market “clean” book.
2) A magical fairy tale retelling.
3) Light and fluffy.
4) YA (Young Adult).

What IRON is.
1) A Christian Fantasy.
2) Nonmagical.
3) Deep. Different from DECEIVED and not near as intense as SR, but still deep because it deals with human trafficking.
4) NA (New Adult).
5) A story with three (3) POVs in the organized, structural the author always follows


First Place Prize:

An Autographed Paperback if winner is U.S. resident. If the winner is an international resident, then they win an ebook.

Second Place Prize:

An Ebook in the reader’s choice of Mobi or epub.


My Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Madisyn Carlin is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her debut novel, Deceived was so well done, but I think I enjoyed Iron even more. This is truly a gripping, deep, and beautiful story!

Characters: Each character was extremely well-developed even with three POVs, which can be difficult to juggle in some cases. Wild and fierce Redwyn, gentle and brave Chamonix, and noble and hurting Carter. I loved them all. Red was hilarious, but watching her go through trials and not keep up the iron facade of courage and steadiness was done so well. And Chamonix … such a sweetheart! She was so difficult from Red, but it was such a beautiful reminder that people are created differently for a reason. Both girls were brave and strong, but in different ways – and that’s the way it should be. And dear Carter … that poor guy. He had such a rough time through it all. And I absolutely loved that he wasn’t the guy who could fight off a million badguys at once and come through without breaking a sweat. He was just a normal guy. And can we please talk about Denton? I have a thing for side characters, and this guy totally got the brunt of my love for side characters. I wasn’t completely happy with some of his actions, but I’m thinking that might come into play later, maybe. But I loved him. And the rest of the characters were just wonderful and added to the plot. (And the wolf guys! They were cool with their wolves and everything. And to be clear, they were just guys that had wolves, not actual wolf and man creatures.)

Setting/Plot/Writing Style: The setting was so lovely – yes, it was fantasy, but it didn’t have magic or feel too overdone and confusing. The worldbuilding was also excellent! Overall, the plot was really interesting and engaging – so much action! The climax was especially suspenseful. And throughout the entire book, the writing was clear yet beautiful. It fit the story perfectly.

Theme: Several hard themes were tackled throughout this book, especially since it dealt with human trafficking. However, the author presented all the situations very sensitively, and nothing ever felt inappropriate or too detailed. Red’s and Carter’s struggles were especially key throughout the book: Carter’s doubts and and especially Red’s fear of surrender were so relatable. I always need that reminder that God truly is in control! These themes were interwoven through the story, and they were just beautiful.

Overall, I loved this book and am so looking forward to the next in the series! If you’re looking for a quality Christian fantasy book (especially without magic), look no further.

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher/author. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

About the Author

Madisyn Carlin is a Christian, homeschool graduate, blogger, voracious bookdragon, and author. When not spending time with her family or trekking through the mountains, she weaves tales of redemption, faith, and action.

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IRON Release Tour Schedule

Monday, September 26

Madisyn Carlin | Introduction + Behind the Scenes

Vanessa Hall | Book Spotlight + Review

Quilling in the Pines | Book Review

Saraina | Character Interview + Book Spotlight

Tuesday, September 27

Kristina Hall | Book Review

Tower in the Plains | Book Spotlight

Cassie | IG Book Spotlight

Wednesday, September 28

Joy C. Woodbury | Book Review

Allie Jo Anderson | Character Interview

The Bookdragon’s Alcove | Book Spotlight

Charity | IG Book Review

Thursday, September 29

Neath the Hackberry Reading Club | Book Review

Quilling in the Pines | Author Interview

Christine Smith | Book Spotlight

Cassie | Character Spotlight

Friday, September 30

Saraina | Book Review

Rainy Day Writer | Character Interview + Book Spotlight

Of Blades and Thorns | Book Spotlight

Saturday, October 1

Madisyn Carlin | Meet the Characters + Wrapup

Old-fashioned Book Love | Book Review

Cassie | IG Book Review

Penny Zeller | Saturday Spotlight

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