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The Iron Thorn

de Caitlin Kittredge

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In an alternate 1950s, mechanically gifted fifteen-year-old Aoife Grayson, whose family has a history of going mad at sixteen, must leave the totalitarian city of Lovecraft and venture into the world of magic to solve the mystery of her brother's disappearance and the mysteries surrounding her father and the Land of Thorn.… (més)
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  Stacie-C | May 8, 2021 |
Despite being an odd mash of steampunk and Lovecraft homage, this is a solid YA fantasy set in an alternate Boston with all kinds of creepy weird creatures and settings. It's a little formulaic with the magic powers and the competing boys, but I enjoyed the adventure and will go on to the next one. ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
I'm honestly not sure how to explain how much I love this book! I mean, really. It blew me away in all the best ways possible. I'm a huge fan of Fantasy and of Steampunk. Caitlin Kitteredge takes these two genres, throws in a bit of dystopia, and blends it together into something beautifully unique and wonderful. Looking for something to chase those reading blues away? Take this for a spin!

The Iron Thorn follows Aoife through a tough time in her life. Her family has a history of madness, and it seems to hit them each around their 16th birthday. Unfortunately for Aoife....that's just weeks away. The reader watches as Aoife is swept up in a whirlwind adventure to figure out her past, her present, and her future all at once. This is a dark and epic quest, that is filled with some of the most intriguing and disturbing creatures imaginable. I don't know if these characters live in Kitteredge's brain, but if they do I'd love to talk creepiness with her! I love that there is an underlying link to fae here as well. Keep a look out, it's hidden wonderfully well.

It is really the world building that brings this book to life. The city of Lovecraft is built from bits and pieces of H.P. Lovecraft's writing, with other elements thrown in. As I mentioned above, this isn't just a Fantasy novel. There is so much more to it. Lovecraft and it's surrounding areas are gorgeously dismal. There is a sense of fear and darkness that lays over everything. The atmosphere that is built makes you want to crawl under a blanket and read by lamplight, even if it is daytime outside. No kidding, there were descriptions in this book that made me shudder visibly. However it's not all dark if you're worried about that. Underneath everything is that fantastical sense of adventure and camaraderie. I won't spoil anything, but it's fantastic.

The characters, even besides just Aoife, burn off the page! Aoife is fierce, brave and utterly loyal. Her friend Cal is very rooted in what is right, normal and "proper" but is also an extremely loyal friend to Aoife. Then there is Dean, sweet Dean. The vagabond boy who turns guide, and just so happens to be the apple of Aoife's eye. Brave to a fault, and more than what he seems, he was absolutely my favorite character in the book. Each one of them has their own beautiful personality and wit. Add in the colorful characters that they encounter as they travel and I was completely swept away into the world of Lovecraft.

I can't say anything more. I just don't know what else to write. If you can't already tell, The Iron Thorn was everything I was looking for in a book. It pulled me out of my reading slump, and back into a love of the written world.

I wouldn't quite call this High Fantasy, since it still has one foot in reality, but definitely do your research if you aren't generally a fan of this genre. The Iron Thorn might not appeal to you. However, if you are a lover of Fantasy, of Steampunk, or even of Dystopian fiction, pick up a copy stat! I promise that if you allow yourself to get lost in the words, lost in the world, you'll experience something so amazingly unique it might just make you drop your jaw. The next book is still so far away! ( )
  roses7184 | Feb 5, 2019 |
I read this right after "The iron king" so there were a lot of overlapping qualities. This definitely had more of a steampunk feel to it-Aoife is an orphan girl attending an engineering school in the city aptly named Lovecraft, when she receives a mysterious letter from her brother, Conrad, who had gone missing several months before. Occasionally there were individual sentences that really bothered me. Not so much what it was saying, but how it was written. I think the author has definite potential, and she's a great storyteller. Recommended for both adults and teens who like urban fantasy/steampunk/alternative histories. Oh, I just remembered one other annoyance-I can't stand reading about two teenage boys bickering over a girl. It's almost physically painful for me, so I did find myself getting irrationally angry with the two male characters. ( )
  gossamerchild88 | Mar 30, 2018 |
That was an absolute and utter delight. ( )
  eaduncan | Sep 14, 2017 |
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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Caitlin Kittredgeautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Jade, LauraAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Lazzaretti, RobertIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Parcell, TrishDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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In an alternate 1950s, mechanically gifted fifteen-year-old Aoife Grayson, whose family has a history of going mad at sixteen, must leave the totalitarian city of Lovecraft and venture into the world of magic to solve the mystery of her brother's disappearance and the mysteries surrounding her father and the Land of Thorn.

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