Book Review: The Iron Thorn

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The Iron Thorn The Iron Thorn by
Series: Iron Codex #1
Published by in 2011
Genres: ,
Pages: 492

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.

My Review:

First things first, I would love to meet Caitlin Kittridge someday. The mind that can think up all the complicated rules of this society and keep them straight must be one heck of an organized mind! In fact, the intricacy of the story and the setting is one of the things I really loved about this book! The world is amazing and I would love to learn more about it.

Unfortunately (and I really mean that) I was going into this book with a severe case of burnout. I’d been working really hard on this creative project aka recital, and I couldn’t allow myself enough breaks, and by the end of it, anything creative, right on down to reading, sounded very un-fun to me. The worst bit was, I didn’t even realize it until I was halfway through the book and found myself slogging along! I think if I’d been in a different mood, and not in the situation I was in, I would have loved this book, but as it was, this book took much longer and was harder to understand than it should have been for me.

That said, I would definitely recommend it! I loved the dynamic between Aoife and Dean (anyone know what Aoife means, btw? Or even how to say it? That bugged me a tiny bit.) I never saw the twists coming, and I enjoyed the intricacy of the setting. Just be warned that you must be in the mood for this book before you pick it up, because it’s complicated and will take some work to understand.

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