Parents' Guide to

Iron Flame

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Blood, fantasy violence in sex-heavy, more of the same romp.

Iron Flame book cover: Title center in front of red orange flame background with stencil drawing of a few dragons, one in the center, amidst clouds in circle diamond framing

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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 17+

age 12+

This book was amazing, not better then the first one though. Definitely recommend!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

For better or worse, this sequel from Rebecca Yarros is more of the same. There seems to be an attempt in Iron Flame at more world building, but it isn't well-executed, even if an instructive world map is provided at the beginning. It's as if Yarros gives up halfway through, realizing that her strong suit is driving her characters forward onto the next quest as they head toward the "big fight" at the end. The middle parts of this 600+ page beast tend to drag with new characters getting introduced and killed off. The villains are generically drawn with no backstory, motive, or ferocity beyond their ability to kill someone easily. As for the frequently-cited sexual content, it is explicit, descriptive, and over done. Because the ramp-up to Violet and Xaden's coupling is absent (unlike in the first book), the sex scenes here simply feel like a requirement being met. The stakes aren't life or death, no one's going to betray the other, so the sex scenes are just not imbued with the tension they deserve. For newcomers to the fantasy romance genre, or those seeking a fun, mindless read, this won't be a waste of time, but for veterans of the genre, there is really nothing new here; dragons, magic, the war college, they've all been done elsewhere better.

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