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Reviewed by Amanda Farmer
Ironskin opens up with Jane hoping to get the position of a governess to a troubled child at a Fey designed manor in the Moor. She herself has been wounded by the Fey in battle and is forever scarred and forced to wear ironskin (a mask of iron) over her fey wound to prevent it from affecting others around her. Edward is the gentleman of the house and has a daughter, Dorie, who has an unusual talent due to her unusual birth during the Great War.
The story takes place after the Great War between the Fey and humans, and now focuses on how the humans are getting along without the use of Fey magic and technology (blue packs). There is talk of struggle and adaptation; there is shunning of those who were injured and now wear ironskin and there are those who flaunt their beauty and wealth.
Ironskin focuses on Dorie’s gift from the Fey Queen and Jane’s struggle over her feelings for Edward. She constantly sees herself as ugly and compares herself to the beautiful women that often visit Edward. Although, by the end of the story, Jane does seem to move on from her insecurities and grasps her power to protect those that are important to her.
Overall, I thought Ironskin was well written but at times, it focused too much on Dorie and Jane. I would have loved to read more about the other characters and seen more character development. I also would have loved to read more about what lead up to the Great War between the Fey and humans and how ironskin contained the Fey magic. The book focused too much on human beauty and how everyone wanted to be beautiful, which made no sense to me if being beautiful made you a target for the Fey.
Ironskin is an interesting story that will keep the readers’ attention to the end. If you enjoy reading stories similar to Beauty and the Beast, then this book may be for you. I will definitely read the second book in the series to see where Edward, Jane, and Dorie wind up.
Amanda loves spending time at home with her husband and their dog, Oreo. She loves reading, playing puzzle games, beading and watching movies. When she’s not reading, she’s working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
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