Mitch Reinhardt (2018)
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (12/18)
“The Iron Citadel” is the second book in the Darkwolf Saga series by Mitch Reinhardt. In this fantastical, young adult adventure, three teenagers named Sawyer, Geoff and Jane, are called back to the land of Alluria to help fight a war against the evil Shadowlord. The teens each have special magical gifts which are used in this battle. The trio is comprised of a druid, a wizard and a Stormlord. It is believed that they are the three outlanders that are mentioned in a prophecy, who will help defeat the evil that is overtaking the land. Their elven friends Ariel, who is now a high-ranking druid and Ishara help them develop their magical talents, learn how to fight and how to deal with the pompous, incompetent aristocracy that is now running the kingdom of Chalon. The group must battle assassins, barbarians, dragons, orcs, werewolves and otherworldly creatures while trying to deal with their own teen angst issues. Along the way, they discover answers to secrets about themselves and about the people whom they are battling. The more they learn, the stronger they become. As they proceed into the next book in the series, the question remains, “Are they strong enough to defeat the evil?”
“The Iron Citadel” was the first book in this series for me to read. As soon as I began reading, I found myself rapidly immersed in the ongoing adventure. It is not necessary to read the first book in the series because the author does an exceptional job of catching the reader up on the storyline and characters. However, I enjoyed this book enough, that I soon hope to go back and do so.
In this fantasy, the author has done an excellent job of creating a land where magic dwells and where complicated good and evil characters are brought to life. The characters and the lands are described in such vivid detail, I felt like I was watching a movie rather than reading a novel. The characters are also complex, and I enjoyed not being able to guess everything about the plot. It was fun to be caught off guard. While this fantasy is mostly about high school age kids, I did not feel that it is limited just to that age group.
Fantasy loving adults such as myself, will really enjoy reading “The Iron Citadel” by Mitch Reinhardt. I look forward to the next novel in this series, because the storyline has gotten very complex and I need to know how it plays out!