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The Mirrored Shard (Iron Codex) Hardcover – February 12, 2013

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Book 3 of 3 in the Iron Codex Series

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Gr 7 Up-In this conclusion to the series, Aoife Grayson is stuck in Thorn Land, which is populated by the Fae. The teen is destined to be the Gateminder, a person with the gift of creating "Gates" to other realms, but she is mired in a deep emotional hole of guilt. Aoife blames herself for her boyfriend, Dean, being stuck in "Deadland" and opening a Gate that plunges the world into an epidemic. It takes a couple of chapters for her to get a grip and for the plot to get going. However, once the action does pick up, Aoife's primary focus is on rescuing Dean while saving the world from an apocalyptic ending brought about by the "Old Ones," with reconciling with her family coming in at a distant second. Readers who enjoyed the details of the earlier books will find this final title more streamlined. The previous novels also have more steampunk elements in them; this installment, in contrast, leans more toward dark fantasy. On her journey, Aoife shows maturity and learns to put others' needs before her own. The various plotlines all come together in the end, but with the Old Ones' threat to return, Kittredge creates an open ending, leaving room for spinoffs. Purchase where the other volumes are popular.-Sabrina Carnesi, Crittenden Middle School, Newport News, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Steampunk fans will welcome back spunky Aoife Grayson, half human, half fae. At 16, Aoife’s allergy to iron kicked in, forcing her to leave the Iron Lands, where she was an engineering student. Now living with her mother in the Faerie kingdom, Aoife is determined to travel to the Deadlands and save her boyfriend, Dean. She gathers her shape-shifter friend Cal and her brother and sets out to rescue her dead boyfriend. Think Eurydice saving Orpheus, with zeppelins, clockwork, and a special appearance by Nikola Tesla. While readers new to the series may feel lost, those who have enjoyed Aoife’s adventures will appreciate this fast-paced read in the Iron Codex series. Grades 7-12. --Carton, Debbie

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Iron Codex (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385738331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385738330
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,102,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caitlin Kittredge is the author of the Nocturne City series, as well as several short stories. She is the proud owner of an English degree, two cats, a morbid imagination, a taste for black clothing, punk rock, and comic books. She's lucky enough to write full time and watches far too many trashy horror movies. Visit her website at to learn more.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lost in Denver on January 10, 2014
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You know it's not a good sign if you're five pages into a book and you're already tired of it. Gone was the self-sufficient, intelligent, and purposeful protagonist of the first two books. THIS Aoife Grayson isn't planning to stop the old ones or stop the proctors or undo the damage that was done in the previous books. Oh no, the plot of this novel revolves around her . . . drum roll please . . . going and getting her boyfriend back because she feels SO bad and just can't live without him. That's right, she turned into a backup character from Twilight. After deciding to embark on this truly insipid quest, she blunders from one encounter to the next making stupid decisions which generally someone else needs to miraculously show up and get her out of. The steampunk environment that showed so much potential in the first two books was barely even wallpaper in this one, as Aoife almost blindly submits to any deal that anyone offers and makes bad decision after bad decision because . . . well, once again, she just HAS to save her boyfriend. Sigh. Now there are a couple of chapters toward the end where she suddenly seems to remember that she wasn't always quite so pointless and shows the backbone that we had come to expect, but it goes by very quickly and by then it just feels like a drop in a bucket otherwise filled with vapid YA cliche. Some of the other reviewers indicated that this is the last book in the Iron Codex series and, if so, the ending is completely unsatisfying because there is no real resolution to any of the big issues. Even it isn't the last book, then the ending is only mostly unsatisfying, but for much the same reason.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karissa Eckert on March 4, 2013
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This is the third and final book in the Iron Codex series by Kittredge. While I absolutely loved the first two books in this series, I found this book to be somewhat disappointing. Not much is resolved and I felt like Kittredge was just going through the motions to finish this series. It is still beautifully written at points.

Aoife is determined to take on Death to win Dean back. To do so she must travel to the Deadlands. While there she must not only confront Death but she must also stop the Old Ones from entering the world and destroying it. In order to do all of this she must first leave her mother Nerissa in the Thorn Lands and escape the clutches of Tremaine.

This book felt a bit confused to me. You have this epic storyline about the Old Ones breaking into the world. It all suddenly gets pushed to a back story so that Aoife can selfishly obsess about getting Dean back.

This action stays true to Aoife’s tragic character, she seems to have a fatal flaw that involves saving those she loves at whatever cost...even if it is the destruction of the world. So suddenly Aoife is flitting around with her only goal being to find a way into the Deadlands to save Dean.

Then two thirds of the way through the story takes another drastic shift and Aoife is all like...oh hey maybe I am being too selfish...maybe I should deal with these Old Ones.

It’s a bit confusing because in the end the Dean storyline is resolved...but the Old Ones storyline is left wide open. It almost seems like Kittredge wrote half of the book and then decided...okay I’m all done with this series.

The writing is still eerily beautiful, as are the settings.
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Third in the Iron Codex steampunk series for young adults. The story revolves around Aoife Grayson and her driving need to rescue Dean.

My Take
I'm half enthralled with the world that Kittredge has created and half appalled because Aoife is such an idiot. She actually believes the wicked people around her! She drives me nuts as she keeps going off half-cocked. Never examining anything, never checking. What makes it worse is Kittredge is so vague in so much of it. It's hard enough making sense of what's happening, but there's so little to ground you; you really do need the background that reading the first two in the series---The Iron Thorn (The Iron Codex #1), and The Nightmare Garden (The Iron Codex #2)---will give you. It is an interesting world Kittredge has created; I just wish she had been more clear.

Hah, I agree with Aoife, Conrad's got some nerve blaming her for so much she wasn't prepared for. And whose fault is that??

It was a horrible world before, but now that the Old Ones are pushing into the Iron Land, it's just getting worse with the barriers between Iron and Thorn thinning, the minds of the Old Ones affecting regular people in their dreams, and the Iron Land is being torn apart.

And now Aoife is doing the exact same thing in this story as she has done in the past two. Plunging into situations of which she has no knowledge. I dislike stupid characters and Aoife is definitely stupid and reckless. However, it's that same recklessness that may well save everyone!

The Story
The country is falling apart. Dreams. Madness.
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