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The Mirrored Shard

(Iron Codex #3)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  606 ratings  ·  76 reviews
When Dean was shot and killed in the Arctic north, he was ripped not only from the Iron Lands but from Aoife Grayson's life. Aoife has sworn to bring her love back, even if she must face death to do it. But she can't get to the Deadlands on her own. And even if she can get there, her foe, Tremaine, will surely block her escape; it is his job to hold her in the Thorn Land, ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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One of the Worst Books I Have Ever Read, and it really brings shame to H P. Lovecraft's door.

Review for book 2:

I mean, the evil gods in the Lovecraftian world won't bother to bargain and play games with a mere human girl, THEY ARE TOO POWERFUL than this.

And Caitlin Kittredge tells us The Great Older Ones are neither good and evil? I mean, come on.

Just don't get me started with how The King in Yellow becomes one hell of a lame villain, it's just too insult
Emily Blake
*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
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it
3 stars, I found this actually better than the second book, perhaps because it was a lot shorter.

I read this book against my better judgement. I hadn't wanted to read this given how the second book played out, and I was perfectly fine with how the second book finished. (view spoiler) But for some reason I picked up this book and decided to give it a go, to at least mark the end of this series.

It was definitely better, plotwise than the second book. From th
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
Sep 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Sarah Vecchi
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Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Zoe Kennedy
Dec 31, 2012 rated it did not like it

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
Jenny Lynn
May 02, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Kathy Davie
Mar 21, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
The third installment in the Iron Codex trilogy and the culmination in the adventures of one Ms. Aiofe Greystone, aka the Destroyer. This was an ambitious tale, some parts I loved, other parts seemed a bit strained. As with the rest of the series it is a mix of steam punk and lovecraft, I’d add probably a bit to much high fantasy mixed in. Some of it just seemed a bit much and I wasn’t really feeling the romance portions. But like I wrote, it’s an ambitious work and overall I still rather enjoye ...more
Eric Townsend
Oct 16, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
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
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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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
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, teen
I'll admit that I was disappointed that this book was so short. I loved this series and I wish there was another book in it. What a finish though! While not all loose ends were tied up, at least Aoife got out with her life and all of her loved ones. There was definitely room at the end for another book, there is still the impending doom of the Thorn Land. But I think our author is leaving the end to our imagination, which is fine with me especially since Aoife got her happy ending. Five out of f ...more
Vera Anya
Nov 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: action, fantasy, steampunk
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.
May 18, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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

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
Dec 10, 2012 marked it as did-not-finish
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
Feb 21, 2012 rated it liked it

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
Abigail  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
Jun 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
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
Apr 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites
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
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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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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Iron Codex (3 books)
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