The Iron Thorn
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... show more
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.
Publish date: February 22nd 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 492
Edition language: English
Series: Iron Codex (#1)
Beautifully and richly written, artfully avoiding the purple, and wholly, shockingly original, The Iron Thorn gained a place on my favorites shelf within the first fifty pages, and staunchly stayed there through the end. My pet peeve is first-person narration--it's been grievously overused and it's ...
We first meet Aoife in a madhouse, where she's trying to comfort her mother. Her mother, who has been insane for most (all?) of Aoife's life, refuses to be comforted, and Aoife leaves the institution in despair, not only for her mother but for herself. Her mother was driven mad by the necrovirus, ...
3.5 stars The Iron Thorn begins with 15 (almost 16) year old Aoife (I have no idea how to say this name…don’t judge me) visiting her mother. Nerissa (mom) happens to live in a madhouse because as Aoife has repeatedly been told, she carries a necrovirus that will make her crazy when she turns 16. I...
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.
The world of the Iron Thorn is so cool. Just when I think I have a handle on it something opens up and I'm looking at another facet I haven't ever thought of. If you'd asked me if steampunk fairy tales were workable I would have said no and I would have been wrong. My only complaint is that the hero...