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The Iron Thorn (Iron Codex #1)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  4,176 ratings  ·  612 reviews
In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft's epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical—born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And...more
Paperback, 492 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Ember (first published February 22nd 2011)
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Faye
The Iron Thorn Drinking Game: Everytime the adjectives "clockwork," "steam" " brass" are used to ensure the reader is too aware this is a "steampunk" novel, drink. Anytime someone "scrabbles for purchase," " or mentions a dirigible, drink twice. DO NOT drink anytime a jitney is mentioned; we're tryng to have fun here, not get alcohol poisoning. Oh, wait, this is a YA book, we probably shouldn't be drinking... though this book would drive most people to it!

And how could you miss it being a YA boo...more
Tamora Pierce
This is a very dark fantasy/steampunk, set in a world in which magic was discovered instead of nuclear power. Rather than embrace the new energy, a government led by President McCarthy is trying to eradicate it and the people--ghouls, vampires, and others--that thrive on it. Aoife Grayson is an engineering student under suspicion by her schoolmasters and living with the fear of the madness that took her mother and brother and may well take her. Determined at last to seek out her unknown father a...more
Isamlq
It's a good thing this has a little over 500 pages, otherwise it would have been too much. The author throws in everything! And surprise of surprises, I enjoyed it! I am not saying it was perfect. In fact, there is a specific clump of pages I could have just done without. But all in all, IRON THORN was quite satisfying.

One complaint though: the reader shouldn’t be tasked with having to figure out how to say the lead’s name. I mean, “Aoife”. It took me several tries to figure out how to roll my t...more
Kristi
My first steampunk! And it was AWESOME!

It took me a little while to get into it. I'll admit the world itself took me a while to get used to, the lingo and what-not. (I can't really say if it was just this novel, or if it's steampunk related.) But once I was enraptured by the story, there was no turning back!

What a complex world! Magic, machines, Kindly Folk..... I can honestly say I never knew what to expect next! I was blown away by the complexity and innovation of this novel. Kittredge is a ve...more
◕ ◡ ◕  Arooj
The unexpected has happened.

I have read a historical/steampunk novel about faeries.

And actually liked it. A lot. So much that it even made it to my "books I fell hard for" list.

*dun dun DUUUUUUN*

Every time someone asks me what my least favourite type of books to read are, I always say historical. And faeries. You see, historical just isn't something I'm interested in. I find it boring. The only other historical book I actually like is The Infernal Devices series, but that's because I already lov...more
Sesana
There's a lot going on in this book. The setting is unusual. Steampunk, in 1950s America. It's set in a city called Lovecraft (Boston, I think), which is, appropriately, infested with horrible things that would be at home in one of Lovecraft's stories. But they aren't supernatural, of course. That wouldn't be rational. Instead, the creatures that stalk the city of Lovecraft, ghouls, nightjars, and springheel jacks alike, are people infected by the necrovirus. Some infected turn into bloodthirsty...more
Adriana
Kirkus got it right when they said "overwriting" in their review for The Iron Thorn. The book is almost 500 pages (I read an advance reader's copy) and it felt long. Some books despite being long (i.e. Harry Potter and A Great and Terrible Beauty) don't feel that way because they keep you intrigued and engaged. The Iron Thorn did none of those things. I can appreciate the writing, but it got to be where the author was repeating circumstances and explaining the character's outfits, which had noth...more
Mandy at Blythes & Books
The Iron Thorn (The Iron Codex #1), by Caitlin Kittredge

This book is a Must-Read! It’s got something for everyone: steampunk, romance, adventure, dystopian, secrets, mysteries, great characters, monsters, strange worlds, faeries, a beautiful written story, a plot with unexpected twists…

Here’s the short(ish) version of the review:
* The cover seems very fitting, it projects the grim feeling of dark fantasy in the story, while bringing across the lonely feeling Aoife must have had many times, surr...more
Jessica
I really wanted to rate this book higher, but there are so many little annoyances with it that really stopped me from enjoying it as much as I could have. The dystopian 'steampunkish' setting doesn't work well with the time period it's set in. While everyone else's name in the book is simple and pronounceable such as 'Dean', 'Cal', or 'Conrad', the main character's name is an unpronounceable and strange ''Aoife'. And the character of Cal will argue with EVERYTHING, no matter what it is, whether...more
Rhiannon Ryder
Epic was my disappointment in The Iron Thorn, it was by turns boring, convoluted and confusing. I felt no real pull to any of the characters, and only loosely understood what was going on most of the time. All very bad traits in a book, but horrible traits in a book which you're hoping to entertain you for a four and half hour flight.


For starters, the blurb is not really truthful. I thought I was getting a steampunk book with madness. Not so much. The Iron Thorn is really a fairy book, with a to...more
Jenie
I facepalmed at least 3 times. It started off well enough, and Kittredge is a talented storyteller (in that the overall story was interesting), but I find her writing abrasive. She leaves details out, sometimes makes improper verb tense choices which make the reading confusing (ie. he saw instead of he had seen), makes clicheed dialogue choices, and is lacking in motivation for her characters, who do everything they do solely to either help or hinder main character Aoife, as it suits the conveni...more
Tiffany
This book is on my library's YA best fiction shelf, but I was highly disappointed. I kept waiting for it to get really good, but it didn't. There was almost too much description in the first 300 pages. It was distracting and made the story drag. The ending picked up. I got excited thinking it would become hard to put down. It never did. Then there was a random event to the plot that left me raising an eyebrow. The worst part, after finally getting through all 492 pages, the story is no where nea...more
Turtles
I forget how long ago I had downloaded this. But I picked it up last night, not remembering the plot of the book. And Kindle doesn't give you a blurb. It takes place in an unknown, modern time period... there were several references to 19XX dates, as well as 18XX dates, but since the book was an alternate history type, it's unknown if people were using the same calendar as us. So, despite the Steampunky/Victorian flavor, it's not technically from then. But I was so confused through the half of t...more
Miranda
Despite some issues I really, really loved this book. The world isn’t something I encounter in YA very often: A fantasy/steampunk/clockpunk world set in an alternate 1950s. That, to me, is beyond awesome so right off the bat I was poised to love this book. And I definitely did. I found the world building very thoughtful and well done--a city running on a great Engine that protects them from the things that can cause madness, a world torn by the battle between science and magic (which itself isn’...more
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Fantastic start to a YA steampunk series.

This is not a short book, but the pages flew by. I was sucked into the story and didn't want it to end.

You are just thrown into the world - I like that. At the same time, I still felt like I got a good feel for the worldbuilding. I got enough glimpses of Lovecraft through Aoife's journey, but I never felt that I was being "told" what was going on. It was a wonderful experience to discover the truth alongside the characters.

In Lovecraft, Reason and Scienc...more
Zarah
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Cleverly
Wow, I know a lot of you probably do not know who James Dean is or actually care. I have to tell you, You are sooo missing out! He has to be one of the most Beautiful Men I have ever seen Have wished to have seen..Anyhooo Moving along. Dean in The Iron Thorn was rocking his style after James Dean. I normally wouldn't say read a book because of a male character, But I am making an exception.

I am big on conversational banter, If the characters don't mesh well together the conversation won't flow...more
Maree
This book...was not anything I was expecting. It was kind of a steampunk fae story, with the iron machinery pumping through in a land where everyone *says* there's no magic. Definitely a twist on things in a way I haven't seen before.

That said, I'm not sure why I had such a hard time with it. I feel like I definitely should have related to the heroine, but her boy issues kind of annoyed me, as did one of the boys. It totally makes sense later on, but before then, he seemed grumpy over just every...more
Jolene
I really liked the story, but the book was VERY long winded. Enough so that I just got rid of one of the author's others books I had without reading it. There were a few great surprises at the end and I will try to read the next book in the series.
Paradoxical
The book starts off slowly and never seemed to pick up all that much steam for me until the 'great reveal', which was about 3/4ths of the way into the book. Until then I was rather bored and plodding through the book for no real reason. It's not that the book is poorly written or terrible, it was just rather--well, not flat, but a bit detached. A little too smooth and a little too bumpy in parts to make me fully immerse myself into it.

Aoife, the main character, leaves me a bit stymied. On one ha...more
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Author: Caitlin Kittredge
Release Date: Feb 22, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Page Count: 512
Sequel: The Iron Codex Series(?)
Available At?: Amazon, B&N and Author's Site


Steampunk, insanity and magic, love and misery!

Amazon Description:

'In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft's epidemic...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: This unique, albeit slow steampunk has deep characters with dark secrets and the surprising (epic) addition of fairies. (Sorry, “eldritch creatures.”)

Opening Sentence: There are seventeen madhouses in the city of Lovecraft.

The Review:

I don’t know why I wasn’t expecting there to be fairies. Maybe because the synopsis says “magic and witchcraft,” I wasn’t expecting the “eldritch creatures” to be fairies. But they are. Really, super creepy fai...more
ephrielle
My favorite part about this book was the big secret that Aoife was doing everything to keep to herself. Great peril seemed only moments away from taking all that she had a hope of if only her secret got out. Then in the reveal moment it almost fizzles as not the biggest thing to hit the fan. On top of that you find out very few pages later that what she thinks was her big secret isn't. Talk about a let down. You have been so worked up over something that isn't what it seems. I thought it a nice...more
Chelle (crazytrinket)
ratings: 3.5 stars

I am really having a hard time rating this book. Not sure if I should rate it 3 or 4 stars. So in the end, I settled for 3.5 stars.

Now, what can I say about The Iron Thorn? My reaction is that I love the first 100+ pages or so, got bored in the middle of the story. Then it became weird, lost interest on reading it. Then amazingly, it bounces back, found myself liking the remaining 100 pages of the book. The reason why? Too many freaking details! Which of course I know needed...more
Dianne
I just recently finished this. I read it in Kindle format, the first of the Kindle books my library was offering. I honestly didn't realize it was a YA book - I picked it because the excerpt on the library's website was so intriguing. I don't normally read YA because I'm an adult, but based on this, there's some pretty amazing stuff out there.

I really enjoyed this. The author really excelled in the worldbuilding, in my opinion. I think the story managed to pretty much use any stereotypical facet...more
Nafiza
This book is beautifully written. I was constantly writhing in jealousy over Ms. Kitteredge’s prowess where descriptions are concerned. She builds the world her characters inhabit with such painstaking detail that it springs up around you in the most amazing colours. You can almost smell the grease from the machines and see the bridge loom up in front of you like a wraith haunting the night. The writing is one of the biggest strengths of the novel.

I just wish that the same detail and care had be...more
Ferdy
Set in 1950's Lovecraft - an alternate Boston, 15yr old Aoife Grayson attends a prestigious academy for engineers. Aoife is a ward of the state, her father left, her brother ran away and her mother has been in a mental institute for most of her life. Her mother's condition is heriditary and her brother went crazy when he turned 16. Aoife is dreading turning 16 because of the strong chance of her going insane and being locked up like her mother. After getting a distressed message from her missing...more
Nely
What a very unique adventure you'll find in The Iron Thorn. Set in an alternate Boston, Lovecraft, almost has the feel of a dystopian society. Where the government has control of its people and something as simple as believing in a fairytale will deem you a heretic. Aiofe is worried now that she is on the cusp of her 16th birthday - the same age that both her mother and older brother went mad. When she receives a message from her brother a few weeks before her birthday she grabs her BFF and they...more
Cristy
THE IRON THORN (Iron Codex #1) ..seems a bit of steampunk meets fairytale in this bizarre book of Clockworks and Kindly Folk. Definitely different from any other story I've read before. This unique tale is odd and mysterious with spooky and dangerous creatures everywhere you turn, but nun as dangerous as the rigid government that dictates your every step and your every belief.

A long book with a bit of a slow and strange start, THE IRON THORN, although confusing at times, held my attention with...more
Traci
You know what I don’t get about steampunk? The dirigibles. In this book they even make several references to them being dangerous and yet they’re still the preferred method of travel. Like, “why yes, I am infinitely aware that I can do these amazing things with steam and clock parts, please put me in this mass of flammable gas and fire and let’s go!” Yeah, no.

Okay, so I was not expecting this to be as good as it was, really. I mean, steampunk and fairies? Steampunk fairies? Steel, and iron, and...more
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Caitlin started writing novels at age 13. Her first was a Star Wars tie-in. Fortunately, she branched out from there and after a few years trying to be a screenwriter, a comic book writer and the author of copious amounts of fanfiction, she tried to write a novel again. Her epic dark fantasy (thankfully) never saw the light of day but while she was struggling with elves and sorcerers she got the i...more
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