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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.

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"In her first book for young readers, urban fantasist Kittredge (the Nocturne City series) presents a fevered if somewhat unlikely mashup of steampunk, the Cthulhu mythos, and traditional fairy tale, set in an alternate 1950s America. Talented engineering student Aoife Grayson, the illegitimate daughter of a madwoman and a reclusive scholar, fully expects to go insane on her upcoming 16th birthday because, as her only friend Cal reminds her, 'the Grayson line has bad blood. From the first infected on down,' and it is clear that the Proctors, who rule the ghoul-haunted, necrovirus-stricken city of Lovecraft, are watching her closely. Fleeing Lovecraft, accompanied by Cal and Dean, her handsome but disreputable heretic guide, Aoife heads for Arkham and her father's ancestral mansion, intent on saving her mad brother, Conrad, from a hideous fate. There she discovers marvelous inventions, gruesome monsters, a complex plot that spans several worlds, and the secret of her own identity. Though the material borrowed from H.P. Lovecraft occasionally calls too much attention to itself, Kittredge generates significant thrills and chills in this fast-moving tale, first in a planned series. Ages 12 — up. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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Aoife Grayson's family is unique, in the worst way--every one of them 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.

About the Author

CAITLIN KITTREDGE is the author of the Nocturne City series, the upcoming Black London adventures for St. Martin's Press, as well as the Icarus Project superhero saga for Bantam Spectra (with Jackie Kessler) (all adult projects). She lives and writes in Massachusetts. You can visit her at CaitlinKittredge.com.

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Teri Crosby, April 19, 2011 (view all comments by Teri Crosby)
Caitlin Kittredge has created a complex world of magic, machines, and science with the release of The Iron Thorn. There are layers of our world that are hidden behind the law of the land of Iron. The language of Machines has overtaken a history filled with magic and fey, except now it is coming to an end.

The story revolves around the main character named Aoife (amazing name) and her family's history that is now changing the very fabric of the worlds.

There is magic, and mystery, suspense, and romance for everyone in the book. I loved the descriptions of the great machines that imprison and drive the world of Iron and the complexities involved in the school of learning, as well as how the past was hidden from the populace.

The book was fantastic to read and think about how a story can change a world, and how a group of people can destroy a past with those words and condemn people for not only remembering the past but also in their being a part of it.

The Iron Thorn is a book you have got to read and experience.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385738293
Author:
Kittredge, Caitlin
Publisher:
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Social Issues - Runaways
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Visionary & metaphysical
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Situations / Runaways
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Series:
Iron Codex
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8.54 x 6.13 x 1.53 in 1.375 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 512 pages Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers - English 9780385738293 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In her first book for young readers, urban fantasist Kittredge (the Nocturne City series) presents a fevered if somewhat unlikely mashup of steampunk, the Cthulhu mythos, and traditional fairy tale, set in an alternate 1950s America. Talented engineering student Aoife Grayson, the illegitimate daughter of a madwoman and a reclusive scholar, fully expects to go insane on her upcoming 16th birthday because, as her only friend Cal reminds her, 'the Grayson line has bad blood. From the first infected on down,' and it is clear that the Proctors, who rule the ghoul-haunted, necrovirus-stricken city of Lovecraft, are watching her closely. Fleeing Lovecraft, accompanied by Cal and Dean, her handsome but disreputable heretic guide, Aoife heads for Arkham and her father's ancestral mansion, intent on saving her mad brother, Conrad, from a hideous fate. There she discovers marvelous inventions, gruesome monsters, a complex plot that spans several worlds, and the secret of her own identity. Though the material borrowed from H.P. Lovecraft occasionally calls too much attention to itself, Kittredge generates significant thrills and chills in this fast-moving tale, first in a planned series. Ages 12 — up. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , Aoife Grayson's family is unique, in the worst way--every one of them 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.
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