The Mirrored Shard (Iron Codex, #3)
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The Mirrored Shard (Iron Codex #3)

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Aoife Grayson must face death to win back Dean, the love who was ripped from the Iron Lands of the living when he was shot in the arctic north. But getting to the Deadlands is something that Aoife can't do on her own. And if she can find a way there, Tremaine would surely never allow it. He has sworn to keep her in the Thorn Lands, the fairie home of her mother, Nerissa. B...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Today’s post is on The Mirrored Shard by Caitlin Kitteredge. It is the last novel in the Iron Codex trilogy. It is 295 pages long and is published by Delacorte Press. The cover has the main character, Aoife, looking at the reader with dramatic makeup on to make her more exotic, she looks older and more confident than on the other covers. The intended reader is young adult female but anyone who like Lovecraft or lovecraftian horror should enjoy this series. There is no sex or language in this boo...more
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The Mirrored Shard (Iron Codex Series #3) The Mirrored Shard opens on an Aoife much different than before. After everything that has brought her to this point in the series, she is a shell of her former self. With Dean gone, the world descending into madness, and her essentially being the cause for it all, I can't deny her demeanor was easy to understand. Still, I instantly missed the Aoife from the other stories. Strong and witty Aoife. I crossed my fingers that things would resolve themselves,...more
*A copy was provided by Random House for review purposes*

Gah! I’m so sad! This series started out SO GREAT, and then it sunk like a stone, getting steadily worse over the course of the series. This book is the final book, and, unfortunately, the worst. The writing wasn’t awesome, and the story line was so simple, and the staging was absolutely horrible. In the first book, The Iron Thorn , the escapes were very difficult, thrilling, and believable, the story line was smooth and flowing, and the s...more
Okay - what did I just read? Why is one of my favourite trilogies of all time ended with such blatant disappointment? Where was the kickass Aoife Grayson I read in the first two books? Where was the action? The butt-kicking? All I read in this book was bad decisions - one after another! I did not recall the protagonist barreling into one bad decision after another in the first two books. Preposterous. I am so immensely disappointed in this story.

First half of the book was DULL. With a capital D....more
Overall, this is a solid book. The plot is simple and straightfoward at this point, but that is mostly because this is the third and final book in the series, and we know what has to be done for Aoife to right the turmoil she has caused in the worlds. What complicates my feelings about this book is that I fell so much in love with the first book my expectations for this book were that much higher, and unfortunately I didn't feel the same magic that I did with The Iron Thorn. One reason may be th...more
Erica Marie
There are some spoilers below:
What a fabulous conclusion to an incredible series! In The Mirrored Shard, Caitlin Kittredge opened up yet another new, frightening and fascinating world. Aoife grows with each passing moment of her journey in all three books. But in this one, Aoife faces devastation that she'd never truly faced before. Aoife will get Dean back, no matter what she has to do. But to do so requires making another deal that could bring even more destruction to her already falling apart...more
The Mirrored Shard Review

The Brass Tacks:
Character Development: 4 tacks ****
Plot Development: 2 tacks**
Title and Cover: 2 tacks **
World Building: 5 tacks *****

Many reviewers thought this last book was a terrible end to such a wonderful series…I didn’t find it to be that bad, just a tad stale. One huge problem was left open ended, when I read the last page I was completely convinced I was mistaken on this being the final book and went straight to GR to double check this. Nope, apparently this...more
Kathy Davie
Third in the Iron Codex steampunk series for young adults. The story revolves around Aoife Grayson and her driving need to rescue Dean.

My Take
I'm half enthralled with the world that Kittredge has created and half appalled because Aoife is such an idiot. She actually believes the wicked people around her! She drives me nuts as she keeps going off half-cocked. Never examining anything, never checking. What makes it worse is Kittredge is so vague in so much of it. It's hard enough making sense of w...more
Eric Townsend
I received an ARC of Blind Spot from the awesome people over at ARCycling in exchange for an honest review.

The Mirrored Shard is a book that drove me crazy. I like the worlds that Kittredge created, each with beings that, while they had different goals, were all twisted in some way. The different beings are reflections of people today, divided, but all of us equally flawed, no one exempt. The dimensional travel was something I really enjoyed and it was what got me to read this book to begin with...more
This is the third and final book in the Iron Codex series by Kittredge. While I absolutely loved the first two books in this series, I found this book to be somewhat disappointing. Not much is resolved and I felt like Kittredge was just going through the motions to finish this series. It is still beautifully written at points.

Aoife is determined to take on Death to win Dean back. To do so she must travel to the Deadlands. While there she must not only confront Death but she must also stop the Ol...more
Zoe Kennedy

My Review: I am so frustrated with this book all the characters with the exception of Cal need to get out. I have never been more disappointed with a book/series in all my life. I wanted to pick this book up and throw it against a wall. Kittredge let us down. She did, she combined Science and Magic without it being all about Alchemy. She introduced these complex characters that were at times frustrating but sympathetic and ultimately I was on their side. She introduced these cosmic monster gods...more
Jenny Lynn
Overall, I liked this book. Was it my favourite book of all time? No. Was it a decent sci-fi, dystopian, alternative history? Mostly yes. There were some things that I liked--the expanded world, the Deadlands sounded pretty interesting, though some of that was a little underdeveloped. There were some things I didn't like: Aoife's mopeyness (that sounds horrible to say but sometimes she just got way too freakin' maudlin. "I have to have Dean back. I can't survive without him. Wah wah wah," not di...more

I skimmed through this one because I wanted to know what the hell happened (because I love the characters, especially Dean, and though he wasn't quite enough to get me to READ read, I had to know 'cause I adore him absolutely to DEATH) and the ending was really fucking cute but with the last chapter ??? does this mean another book??? Because, yeah -- No. I mean, I'd look through it and see what happens because, as I mentioned, I love the characters and I'd like to kind of "dimly" experience...more
All hail, Aoife, Queen of the Bad Plan and Hasty Journey. In this series' mech-mysterious language of magic and machine, Aoife would be a dark perpetual motion machine, barreling onward with a seemingly terrible success rate. Miss, miss, miss, until by book's end, hit.

THE MIRRORED SHARD starts in a tricky place for a series. Many of Aoife's secrets are out (if not entirely understood), and she starts the story at the bottom of an emotional well. Or at least, I assumed she was at the bottom, but...more

I can't say this is a bad book or I can't connect with it but at certain point. . I am kind of put off or rather frustrated at it as well.
The thing is I am trying to figure it out as a reader for young adult and at the same time I find myself frustrated with the things had happened.
But of course I understand where this book is going about so to be fair, in the name of love, I did not let my frustration ruin the book for me.

Love .. The thing we do for love, with love.
The sacrifices, the t...more
Abigail Ashlee Hirst
The Mirrored Shard could, and should've been an incredible book...but for whatever reason it didn't quiet get there. 90% of the book is great, Aofie's desperation to get Dean back and the deadly choices she has to make to do it were exciting and I truly felt her pain. I love Dean so was thrilled to learn of his ultimate outcome too. The areas where it fell short were in the last 10% of this book. I was a little shocked at how thin the book was, I was expecting a 400-500 book, similar to the firs...more
The Mirrored Shard is a hard one to rate. I wanted to love it. I kept expecting the action alluded to at both the end of the second book and in the book description (even on this page!) to take place. Where is our showdown with the fairies? Where is the showdown with the characters introduced at the end of the second book? Surely, at least one of these will take place, right? Why else suggest it?

I knew there would be a focus on Dean. It's the romantic requirement in this trilogy. And that did a...more
I didn't finish this, but only because i couldn't. I really couldn't get into the plot of this book and Aoife was just starting to really annoy me. Don't get me wrong: Kittredge created a wonderful world for this trilogy. I was fascinated and absolutely loved the first book, The Iron Thorn. But after that book, I felt like the characters were flat-not changing from how they were in the beginning. I did like when they went into the deadlands in this book to rescue the dead Dean-i enjoyed that one...more
The Mirrored Shard is the long-awaited conclusion (or is it???) of the Iron Codex series. In an effort to not be spoilery for those who haven’t read the series, let’s just say the second book ended with a rather unfortunate WHAT??? moment, and this book gave me everything I hoped for. The plot and world building continues to astound me, and just when I think I’ve got character’s figured out, a new development surfaces. Aoife’s growth through the series achieves an absolutely gorgeous level. The...more
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Good conclusion!

But, to be honest, I didn't really feel much for this book.

See, I loved the first book, The Iron Thorn. The second book, The Nightmare Garden, was a good sequel. But for some reason, all my excitement for this series had sort of evaporated over time. This is probably because I read the books so far apart from each other and I kept forgetting all the important details. If I read all three books back to back, then I would have liked this series so much more. But this is mostly my...more
I started this yesterday but I found it was the book I least liked out of the 3. I loved the can't possibly comprehend hw much I love him and when he died last book I was like HELL TO THE NO! I really wanted to see more of the real him in this book and I didn't, their relationship stayed the same, Aoife isn't the amazing character I remembered her to be and the ending really made me face palm. P.s. after awhile I skimmed through the whole book - I know i'm a horrible person- I just c...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Genre: YA Steampunk
Rating: 3.0

*Full Review coming shortly*

While this book appears to be the last one of the series, it was by far, the weakest and shortest novel by far. The ending was left open for some reason or the other and we really don't get a final showdown between Aoife and The Old Ones. Will there be yet another book in this series? Or, was Kittredge trying to leave it to the readers to imagine what will happen next? Only Kittredge knows for sure.

More later.

*Published: February 12th 20...more
Awesome. Very Lovecraftian/Cthulu. Thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy.
Like the second book, somewhere between 2 and 3 stars...

This was a disappointing conclusion. I loved The Iron Thorn because it was so different from other YA paranormals/urban fantasies... I mean, Lovecraft, dark fae, clockwork/steampunk, Big Brother dystopia, staving off madness... awesome. But a lot of those things felt lacking after the first book, and this series conclusion just felt rushed and strangely empty, more like a filler middle book laying the groundwork than the big bang ending.
Oh this book was so disappointing. I loved the first two books and was eagerly awaiting the third and final installment but then when it arrived I couldn't believe how short it was. It's almost 200 pages less than the other two and frankly it feels like it's missing about 200 pages. I have been left feeling like Kittredge got bored with the series and simply stopped writing. She only wrapped up the Dean portion of the story and left the Old Ones portion completely wide open. So disappointing...
I couldn't make it past page 60. The first one was good, the second one was meh. But these 60 pages drove me crazy. First of all, I didn't remember anything so I was confused (which is my fault, not the author's). However, Aoife is such a love-sick puppy dog. She abandoned her entire family, f-ed up her home just for this boy that she has known for a couple of months.
I have too many other books I want to get to and not enough patience.
Overall, THE MIRRORED SHARD may have been a disappointment to me but, with all things considered and with what went on in the book, it was still a pretty decent conclusion with a possibility of more books to come. At least that is how it felt for me.

Full review: http://talesoftheinnerbookfanatic.blo...
The Mirrored Shard doesn't mirror half the greatness of The Iron Thorn or The Nightmare Garden. Didn't enjoy this whatsoever but somehow managed to force myself to finish this quickstat. If this is what this series has been building up to, it flat-lined. Don't recommend this at all, it's way too contrived and gets so cray cray its unbelievable.
Michelle Wolff
What a terrible disappointing end to a trilogy. Halfway through and I can't make myself read another page. Loved the first 2 books, this one is tragic in its rambling nonsense. I guess every author has to trip and fall sometime. Lucklily Kittredge has a lot more good books out there and hopefully the next will be better than this!
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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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