Author: Tina Connolly.
Published: October 2nd 2012 by Tor Books.
Sort: Part one of ‘Ironskin.’
Source: Publisher & Netgalley.
Jane Eliot wears an iron mask. It’s the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain—the ironskin. When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a "delicate situation"—a child born during the Great War—Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help. Teaching the unruly Dorie to suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn’t expect to fall for the girl’s father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio...and come out as beautiful as the fey. Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life—and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again.
One of the hardest things was the fact that nothing really happens. It’s difficult for me to read something that makes me feel bored. Jane accepted the job of governess when she finds out that the child if fey-cursed. Since Jane became an Ironskin in the Great War, she believes she can help the little girl. It’s not that easy. The girl keeps using her powers instead of her hands and Jane must use all her patience with Dorie. That’s the only thing Jane keeps doing throughout the whole book. The ending was slightly better, but it wasn’t enough.
Edward is gone most of the time. He is an artist and he locks himself up in his studio. A lot of ‘ugly’ woman visit his shop and they leave with an unbelievable beauty. Sometimes Edward slips into the forest, but Jane never questions this behavior and she doesn’t connect the dots. Jane and Edward hardly talk. This made it hard for me to understand their chemistry; I never felt it. I didn’t care for their relationship and I never felt like I knew Edward. He was too distant for me.
Jane is a sweetheart, but she never became my friend. I loved the fact that she can live with her iron mask. She doesn’t dwell in pity; she accepts it. She was brave at the end of the book, but I think I will forget about her soon.
The world-building is a bit plain. Jane spends all her time in Edward’s house and sometimes with her annoying sister Helen. We hardly get any information about the Great War. We get a glimpse of information at the ending, but I wanted to know more.
Overall, it was quite a nice story, but it doesn’t reach the high quality of the original story for me.