Sunday, May 20, 2012
The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge
She's grown up in a home, basically a ward of the state. Her mother is in an insane asylum and her brother has run away and is missing. She hasn't seen her father for a long time. And she's afraid she, too, will develop the necrovirus that creates madness in a person.
Ember, a division of Random House Teens, sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you). I'm very glad they did. It was a very good read and I'm already looking forward to the next book in this series. You can find this first book in your local bookstore now.
This is dystopian, apocalypse-like tale with magic, shapeshifters, elves, ghouls and more. Aoife is the main female character and goes to find her father. She takes a friend, breaks out of the home, finds a guide, and heads out for her father's home.
The road is hard, the way fraught with danger, and no one is quite what they seem to be. If that wasn't enough to bother her, the days are passing by and she's not sure how much longer she will be sane.
Ms. Kittredge caught my attention at the beginning of the book and kept it all the way through. When I read the last page, I took a big breath and thought: There's got to be more to this story, it can't just stop here! The good news is that there is a sequel coming called the Nightmare Garden, so I'll be watching for that. The series is a trilogy and I have to see how her characters develop and where the story goes. This was a very good read.
One thing you need to remember when you're saving the world: Elves lie...