Irona 700

Irona 700 Review

Fantasy at its most enchanting: An original and absorbing tale from a master storyteller about the profound effects of a single life on the battle against ultimate evil

It is Midsummer Day, the beginning of the year 700, in the city of Benign. All the children born in the year 684 celebrate their joint sixteenth birthday by passing in front of the statue of the blind goddess Caprice—but only one will become the Chosen and join the Seventy who govern and guide the city.
 
Much to her surprise, Irona Matrinko, one of the many children of an impoverished fisherman, is chosen. Irona 700 moves into the palace and, with the help of a new mentor, recognizes and cultivates her great talent for guiding wars: strategy and tactics, leadership and inspiration.
 
As Irona gives her life to the city, an ancient enemy, Maleficence, attacks again and again, corrupting Irona’s friends, destroying her lover, and continually defeating her grandest plans for peace and harmony. Along the way, Irona becomes a masterful politician, a shrewd judge of character, and, even at great cost to her personal happiness, a true heroine.
 

Title:Irona 700
Edition Language:English

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  • Kaora

    I read Dave Duncan's The King's Blades series when I was younger and he largely influenced my love of fantasy. So when I saw this book on Netgalley I had to give it a shot and see if it was all I reme...

  • Sherwood Smith

    Copy provided by NetGalley.I've thoroughly enjoyed some of Dave Duncan's previous books, so I looked forward to this one. And the opening met my high expectations, as Irona joins a host of other teens...

  • Metaphorosis

    reviews.metaphorosis.com3 starsEvery year, the goddess Caprice selects one newly adult young person to join the Seventy - the ruling council of Benign. Irona, selected by what seems more like accident...

  • Sara

    Fantasy at its most enchanting? Enchanting is not a word that comes to mind after slogging through this book. Irona, possibly the most boring heroine I've come across in years has all the personality ...

  • eyes.2c

    Interesting!In some ways the storyline's premise becomes more intriguing as the plot continues. The charting of Irona 700's life is filled with flashes of brilliance, personal disappointments, hard sl...

  • Natalie

    if this story had a twenty something heroine who did not age much and a plot that progressed from coming of age thru trials and tribulations to happily ever after would we all jump for joy and up our ...

  • Rosemary Standeven

    “Irona 700” introduces its readers to the wonderfully imagined empire of Benign. The empire resembles the ancient empires of Rome, Delos and Persia in its conquering and assimilation of neighbours...

  • Gracy

    I tried very hard to like this book. It has many things I should like - strong female protagonist, medieval type era, romance (ish), battle, etc. But these were undone by the amount of things I didn't...

  • Jess

    Irona 700 was an interesting book. There was a lot of political intrigue with a dose of fantasy thrown in... it reminded me of The Hunger Games and Katniss, and also a bit of Eona. It was a weird POV!...

  • Sean

    Disclaimer: ARC copy from Netgalley.Irona 700, by Dave Duncan, is a great book! I was actually surprised by how well this book was written. Initially, I was expecting a tawdry story of aliens and cow...