The Iron Thorn

The Iron ThornFern Der Familie Lebt Die 15 J Hrige Moira In Einem Internat, St Ndig In Der Angst, Wie Ihre Mutter Und Ihr Lterer Bruder Dem Fluch Der Familie Zu Erliegen Und Verr Ckt Zu Werden Doch Dann Erh Lt Sie Eine Nachricht Eben Dieses Bruders, Der Sie Auffordert, Ein Magisches Handbuch Zu Suchen, Das Ihr Vater Einst Geschaffen Hat Und Das Sie Retten Kann Zusammen Mit Zwei Verb Ndeten Macht Sich Die Junge Moira Auf Die Gefahrvolle Reise, An Deren Ende Sie Mehr Ber Ihre Familie Und Deren Andersartigkeit Erf Hrt Entstammt Sie Doch Einem Alten Elfengeschlecht Und Dem Steht Eine Gewaltige Aufgabe Bevor Das Land Von Seinen Derzeitigen Herrschern Zu Befreien Und Die Feen An Die Macht Zu F Hren. The Iron Thorn Drinking Game Everytime the adjectives clockwork, steam brass are used to ensure the reader is too aware this is a steampunk novel, drink Anytime someone scrabbles for purchase, or mentions a dirigible, drink twice DO NOT drink anytime a jitney is mentioned we re tryng to have fun here, not get alcohol poisoning Oh, wait, this is a YA book, we probably shouldn t be drinking though this book would drive most people to it And how could you miss it being a YA book Take one self absorbed, moss green eyed, outsider type teenage girl with a tendency take on responsibility for fixing all the crap that is not really her fault, mix in one long term do gooder guy friend with a crush and a new supernatural bad boy with eyes of liquid silver Then send the girl, with the help of the sickeningly loyal dudes on a quest to save her brother Throw in some stupid, transparent assumptions leading to threes a crowd tension Oh, then make he
Rating 2 stars only The extra one star is given to the creative homages to H P Lovecraft and his Cthulhu myths How can this book be so dull Even duller than End of Days by Susan Ee 1 The heroine Aoife Garyson is an annoying, ungrateful brat She is supposed to be a charity case without the protection of her family, an almost orphan living off the charity offered by the city s welfare system Yet she acts so entitled, ungrateful, unworldly and naive for an entire book Not to mention she also treats her one and only male best friend like dirt, always hissing and yelling at him whenever they have disagreement 2 Despite of all the Lovecraftian homages and reference to Cthulhu myths, still the story is hopelessly unimpressive and dull.Trust me, I really do appreciate the Lovecraftian homages and the reference to all those Lovecraftian creatures in the story A city in the fictional steampunk version of America named Lovecraft A town named Arkham Innsmouth The Older Ones Sisterhood of the Stars Cthulhu Flesh eating ghouls I love them all The Lovecraft fan girl in me was jump
This is a very dark fantasy steampunk, set in a world in which magic was discovered instead of nuclear power Rather than embrace the new energy, a government led by President McCarthy is trying to eradicate it and the people ghouls, vampires, and others that thrive on it Aoife Grayson is an engineering student under suspicion by her schoolmasters and living with the fear of the madness that took her mother and brother and may well take her Determined at last to seek out her unknown father and to learn the truth of why her family history decrees madness at the age of 16, she hires a guide to take her and her friend Cal out of the city, where she takes flight on an airship, is bitten by the strange, Lovecraftian monster called a shuggoth, and discovers that magic is her inherita
It s a good thing this has a little over 500 pages, otherwise it would have been too much The author throws in everything And surprise of surprises, I enjoyed it I am not saying it was perfect In fact, there is a specific clump of pages I could have just done without But all in all, IRON THORN was quite satisfying.One complaint though the reader shouldn t be tasked with having to figure out how to say the lead s name I mean, Aoife It took me several tries to figure out how to roll my tongue to come up with a believable right sounding name and I m still not sure I was am saying it right Let me just say that the first fifty pages were AWESOME There is no other way to describe why page after page after page just flew by To bad the awesomeness stalled around page fifty only to kick back into gear around p 160 I really enjoyed the characters in this one They are, all of them, not as they seem And I really do mean all of tnem Then there s the world that they live in I also enjoyed all the twists in it and there are
Kirkus got it right when they said overwriting in their review for The Iron Thorn The book is almost 500 pages I read an advance reader s copy and it felt long Some books despite being long i.e Harry Potter and A Great and Terrible Beauty don t feel that way because they keep you intrigued and engaged The Iron Thorn did none of those things I can appreciate the writing, but it got to be where the author was repeating circumstances and explaining the character s outfits, which had nothing to do with the story The book combines steampunk with faeries and witchcraft set during an altered history of the United States in the 1950 s It was anything but simple and I think that hurt the flow of the story So many things could have been edited out without compromising the most important elements of the story, which to me were finding out what Aoife Grayson s destiny is, where her brother Conrad went, and their role in the land of Thorn and of Iron I could appreciate the world building in the book but it took too long and by the end of the book most steampunk elements weren t even being mentioned any, aside from the Lovecraft machine The cover of the book doesn t even allude to steampunk, and when you
I facepalmed at least 3 times It started off well enough, and Kittredge is a talented storyteller in that the overall story was interesting , but I find her writing abrasive She leaves details out, sometimes makes improper verb tense choices which make the reading confusing ie he saw instead of he had seen , makes clicheed dialogue choices, and is lacking in motivation for her characters, who do everything they do solely to either help or hinder main character Aoife, as it suits the convenience of the story, and for no other reason Cal is just flatout irritating I really hoped something nasty would happen to the condescending, pretentious little git Every character in the book is either incredibly stupid or evil Even when she is repeatedly presented with obvious evidence her mother is not, as she believes, crazy, Aoife is unable or unwilling to connect the dots As a reader, that is unbelievably frustrating, especially when something obvious seems to go ignored or unaddressed nearly every single chapter It annoys me too, that Kittredge gives no reason, no alternate history or background, to explain why 20th century America is a Dickensian construct plunged into what seems to be a combination of the Dark Industrial Ages, where heretics are steam burned at the stake in the public square If there s been a massive, world destroying war that robbed mankind of all the technological knowledge advancements of the last 200 years, TELL US SO WHY I find the lack of background story irri
My first steampunk And it was AWESOME It took me a little while to get into it I ll admit the world itself took me a while to get used to, the lingo and what not I can t really say if it was just this novel, or if it s steampunk related But once I was enraptured by the story, there was no turning back What a complex world Magic, machines, Kindly Folk. I can honestly say I never knew what to expect next I was blown away by the complexity and innovation of this novel Kittredge is a very talented story teller, and at five hundred some pages, The Iron Thorn is one hell of a story.I loved the characters in this novel, Aoife, Dean Cal, and EVERYONE of them surprised me Aoife was a kick butt protagonist I loved how realistic she was, she was afraid and cautious but she still did what she believed she needed to do Dean was instantly my favorite the moment that he hit the page and
The unexpected has happened.I have read a historical steampunk novel about faeries.And actually liked it A lot So much that it even made it to my books I fell hard for list dun dun DUUUUUUN Every time someone asks me what my least favourite type of books to read are, I always say historical And faeries You see, historical just isn t something I m interested in I find it boring The only other historical book I actually like is The Infernal Devices series, but that s because I already love Cassandra Clare and her books And faeries are justblah Besides The Iron Fey series, there aren t many novels about faeries that I like I m very iffy about them As for steampunk, it just sounds very confusing to me so I never tried to learn about it So the fact that I loved The Iron Thorn, which has all these three things, totally shocked me.This book made me see steampunk and faeries in a whole new way I actually searched steampunk to better understand what it is and found out a lot The best way to describe it is by this slogan I found, What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner Basically, a dystopian world set in historical times And I love dystopian How cool is that The Iron Thorn is full of magic, adventure, and some pretty scary stuff I loved it ALL The beginning instantly pulls you in and you just can t help but keep turning the pages At first it s very fast paced, but towards the middle, it slows down This is a pretty heavy book Do not exp
Epic was my disappointment in The Iron Thorn, it was by turns boring, convoluted and confusing I felt no real pull to any of the characters, and only loosely understood what was going on most of the time All very bad traits in a book, but horrible traits in a book which you re hoping to entertain you for a four and half hour flight.For starters, the blurb is not really truthful I thought I was getting a steampunk book with madness Not so much The Iron Thorn is really a fairy book, with a touch of steampunk, and some dabbling in madness How do those three things fit together you ask Such a good question Not very well, would have to be my answer At no point did I feel Kittredge took her seemingly endless supply of disparate story threads and worked them together to form a whole More like they were pulled into a messy knot, and left to be sorted out in the next book.One of the greatest issues I took with this story was how things tended to cycle back in repeats of a situation, with no advancement of the plot or development of characters For instance, Tremaine, a sinister member of the Folk, kept cropping up and threatening but each of his appearances were just of the same without any new reveals W
There s a lot going on in this book The setting is unusual Steampunk, in 1950s America It s set in a city called Lovecraft Boston, I think , which is, appropriately, infested with horrible things that would be at home in one of Lovecraft s stories But they aren t supernatural, of course That wouldn t be rational Instead, the creatures that stalk the city of Lovecraft, ghouls, nightjars, and springheel jacks alike, are people infected by the necrovirus Some infected turn into bloodthirsty creatures, and others go mad Like Aoife s mother, and brother, and, in time, probably herself All of this is set up in just the first 50 pages, and it only gets complicated from there So many writers wouldn t have been able to handle such a huge, complicated system of ideas But Kittredge is able to weave it all together into an easily comprehensible, complete world And although she can t entirely avoid infodumping, she does it as little as possible, and spreads the exposition through the book.There s also a good cast of characters Aoife is a good narrator, bright, capable, and with the best of motivations

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  • Hardcover
  • 576 pages
  • The Iron Thorn
  • Caitlin Kittredge
  • 15 May 2019
  • 9783570138304