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The Mirrored Shard: The Iron Codex Book Three (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. Bu ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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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
Sarah Vecchi
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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
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
I enjoyed this more than I had anticipated. After the previous book The Nightmare Garden I was left feeling frustrated with this series.

I still wish that there had been more world building and less fantastical creatures featured for a few pages to frighten the characters.

I would have LOVED more time spent in Thorn. I was most interested in this world and Aoife's connection to it. But within fifty pages, we were whisked away.

I still wish more relationships had been developed, but they weren't.
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.
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
This book wrapped up the trilogy nicely, though it did leave a lot of room for revisiting, and plenty of mysteries were left relatively unexplained. Aoife grew up in this book, and really came into her own. She stopped being a pawn of mystical forces and learned to bargain well, even against impossible odds. It was maybe not *quite* as good as the first book, but it also was loads better than the second. Although the middle of a trilogy is often weak as a stand-alone, compared to the beginning a ...more
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I was so excited to read the conclusion to The Iron Codex Trilogy, but when I pulled the book out of it's mailing package, I was a bit dismayed by how thin the book was compared to the first two, which both were quite lengthy. So, going into the book, I was worried that it simply wasn't going to be as good.... and I was right. But, the book was still a decent conclusion to the series! It just was missing something that made t
This series started out well, and then became the story of a girl easily manipulated for and by people and beings she doesn't understand, and ultimately becomes about her obsessive pursuit of a boy she hardly knows. I was pleased by the first book more, in which she actually used her brains and engineering training, but even then it was a because of blackmail. I kept waiting for her to learn from her mistakes, but all she did was make larger ones. Sigh.

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
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

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
Sarah Lafleur
Kind of disappointing after the last two great books. The first half was boring and when the second half finally picked up, it was confusing and rushed and ended abruptly. The huge terrifying cosmic evil was given maybe two or three chapters and was resolved incredibly fast. I was just waiting for it to get good and it never really did.
Ended on a weird note. Like you're happy it worked out and there's enough suspense and finality for it to be a conclusion but it's too happy. Things got resolved. Everything. Which I guess is good! But i'm just too used to reading books where the authors hate their readers and kill everything lovable.
Abigail Ashleigh 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
Amber Mitchuson-english
After the first installment the series improves a little. My biggest commendation for this third installment in the series final in the the end the heroine stops making stupid mistakes..... But I have no idea what happens after that.
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
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
I wanted to know how it ended, but it was a bit of a struggle to get there, what with the unconvincing declarations of love for Dean. It never got quite Cthulu-esque enough for me. Oh well, it was a library kindle.
David Johnston
And so our heroine bumbles her way to a finish after a year of doing exactly what people, correctly, told her not to do. Maybe that's the Lovecraft influence.
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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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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