From School Library Journal
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.
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