The Nightmare Garden (Iron Codex Series #2)

The Nightmare Garden (Iron Codex Series #2)

by Caitlin Kittredge


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Everything Aoife thought she knew about the world was a lie. There is no Necrovirus. And Aoife isn't going to succomb to madness because of a latent strain—she will lose her faculties because she is allergic to iron. Aoife isn't human. She is a changeling—half human and half from the land of Thorn. And time is running out for her.

When Aoife destroyed the Lovecraft engine she released the monsters from the Thorn Lands into the Iron Lands and now she must find a way to seal the gates and reverse the destruction she's ravaged on the world that's about to poison her.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385738316
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 02/14/2012
Series: Iron Codex Series , #2
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

CAITLIN KITTREDGE is the author of the Nocturne City series, the Black London adventures for St. Martin's Press. She lives and writes in Massachusetts. You can visit her at

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The Nightmare Garden: The Iron Codex Book Two 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
sarasugar More than 1 year ago
Is it a trend now to kill off the love interest in the middle book just to drive the plot of the 3rd?
lilcrickit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thoughts: This was an okay read. There seems to be a theme for taking the fairy world and adding an iron twist. As I was reading, I was reminded of Kagawa's Iron Fey series. However, Kittredge has taken it to another level by implementing a dystopian, steam punk feel to this work. In the previous book, Aoife has destroyed the home that she once knew and now is on the run from those that want to use her for personal gain. Aoife is a frustrating, stubborn and strong-willed character, who is easily tricked into doing things. Apparently, she didn't learn her lesson from the last book and should think harder before making rash decisions. My favorite character in this story is surprisingly one of the villains, Tremaine, devious and crafty; he is always one step ahead of Aoife. No matter how many times she thinks she has thwarted his plans, he just switches his angle and comes up with a new avenue that is a satisfactory channel to getting closer to what he desires. Have to love a cunning and calculating villain. In this book, the major problem that Aoife must face is finding the nightmare clock in order to reverse the mess she has made and to find the mother she left behind. She is willing to do anything to make this happen and this is where she messes up. There is always a consequence and Aoife may just end up paying more than she bargained for. The pace was faster than the first book but still slow. Aoife is a hard to character to connect with as she is so misguided, naive and impulsively focused on the end rather than the individual steps to get to that point. The characters and plot are more fleshed out but I still feel like that spark is missing to truly ignite a magical connection for me. It¿s a good story, though; Kittredge has done a fantastic job of creating this world, which makes it visually appealing in the minds¿ eye. I wasn't prepared for that ending, interesting surprise! This book gives a better understanding of what or better yet who Aoife is but the questions still remains¿what is her purpose?
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Iron Codex series by Kittredge. This third book is supposed to be titled, The Mirrored Shard, and from what I could find is scheduled for a late 2012/early 2013 release. I absolutely loved the first book and couldn't wait to read the second. In this book we venture into the Mists and get to meet the secret Brotherhood that Aoife's father was part of. I love the world and the characters created in this series; although I was a little disappointed that Aoife kept making the same mistakes over and over again.Aoife has destroyed the Great Engine, unintentionally loosing the monsters of the Thorn (faerie lands) into the Iron lands (our world). She is forced to flee into the Mists with her brother, Cal, Dean, and Bethina. Eventually Aoife meets up with her father back in the Iron land. She finally decides that rather than slowly go insane in the Iron land waiting for her father to do something, she is going to take matters into her own hands and try to find the Nightmare Clock. With the Nightmare Clock she should be able to turn back time and mend the world.I know a lot of people are upset that Aoife makes the same huge mistakes in the second book that she does in the first. In a way though I kind of liked this, it made the story ironic and makes Aoife a perfect tragic heroine of sorts. I love Aoife's blend of toughness, rashness, tenderness, and vulnerability. This blend makes her a very realistic character. The fact that she makes her decisions out of a well-intentioned need to protect those she loves makes the whole story all that more gothic and tragic. I continue to absolutely love this world. In this book we get to venture deeper into the Mists and deeper into the land of Thorn. We also join the characters on a trip to the Brotherhood's icy and distant headquarters. The worlds are beautifully described and absolutely came alive for me. I was sucked into these worlds and really want to read more about them.I enjoyed most of the characters as well. There are no simple characters in this story; they all have tragic backgrounds and complicated motives. Dean is another favorite of mine; he continues to be supportive and respective of Aoife in a way that makes me just love him. Cal also continues to be a wonderful addition to the story.I will say that the story starts to a get a little ambiguous at parts. Especially as Aoife begins to teeter on the edge of insanity again, sometimes it is hard to tell her dreams from her real actions. Some readers may not enjoy this, but I thought it was cleverly done and gives the reader an excellent feel for what Aoife is going through.The end of the book is heart-rending and ends on a super horrible cliffhanger. It had me dying to know what happens in the final book, The Mirrored Shard. Overall I absolutely adored this book. I love the dark and gothic steampunk world that the story takes place in. I love Aoife's realistic personality and how she is a tragically flawed heroine. I love the supporting characters. I love the strange and unpredictable shifts in the plot and I love the new worlds we get to explore in this book. I highly recommend this book to steampunk and fantasy fans of all ages.
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ShannonODonnell More than 1 year ago
I loved The Iron Thorn and have anxiously awaited the next book in the series. While I recommend either re-reading book one or at least refreshing your memory a little before starting this one, I thought Caitlin did a nice job of building upon the world and characters begun in The Iron Thorn. The Nightmare Garden is dark, fast-paced, complex, and riveting. Aoife hasn't changed a whole lot since book one, but everyone else has grown quite a bit. I love the added world building in the mists and the arctic--so real and vivid. I found myself riding an emotional roller coaster: at times angry, sometimes frustrated or apprehensive, sometimes hopeful, and at one point absolutely heartbroken. The Nightmare Garden is an excellent sequel--even better than The Iron Thorn!! So, so good! I can't wait to see where Caitlin takes us in book 3.
entropyrulez More than 1 year ago
Once again, Caitlin Kittredge delivers. The Nightmare Garden is a wonderfully dark sequel to The Iron Thorn & further proof that she has conquered the YA market. I read it in a 2-day marathon. Could not put it down. Lovecraft, steampunk, horror & fantasy fans rejoice--this is the best YA series being written today!!!