Book Review: The Iron Thorn by: Caitlin Kittredge


Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Publish Date:
February 22, 2011

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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 for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day.

Aoife Grayson's family is unique, in the worst way—every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.

Review: Aoife Grayson is an engineering student in the city of Lovecraft and she is expecting to go insane on her 16th birthday. Her mother and her brother went insane on their 16th birthdays, and she knows next to nothing about her father. When she gets a note from her brother, she follows the grim path to the truth about herself, her city, and her fate.

The Iron Thorn is Ms. Kittredge’s first foray into the young adult realm and she’s succeeded mightily. It’s a fascinating story that meshes the faery tale, steampunk, and H.P. Lovecraft/Cthulhu mythos all within the bounds of an alternate timeline. Every time you think you’ve got something figured out, a new thread is wound into the mix and you’re totally surprised again! The characters are complex and unique, along with the world they live in. With chills, thrills, secrets, and lots of suspense and action, The Iron Thorn is a wonderful new novel. I can’t wait for the next installment in The Iron Codex!

Iron Codex series: The Iron Thorn (1), The Nightmare Garden (2), "untitled" (3)


  1. I thought this book sounded interesting and I'm glad to see that you enjoyed it. I'll definitely have to check it out.

  2. This one sounds awesome and I love the cover.

  3. This was one of my favorite books of 2011 and I am so happy to be reading the sequel right now!


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