I expected so much from The Iron Witch, I wished I had liked the book more.The characters were okay. Donna was easily my favourite one. I liked that she was insecure, but when she had to fight, she kicked-ass. Ok, I also liked Navin and their friendship (I sure hope it's just friendship).Xan was kind of there for me. He was the typical mysterious and sexy love interest. And I HATE how Donna and Xan were instantly attracted to each other. This is just a huge pet peeve of mine.The story was somewhat interesting, with the whole alchemy stuff and wood elves, but... I just didn't connect with the story like I hoped I would.Either way, I'm still going to read the sequel to see what happens to Donna & co.