silverblind book coverReviewed by Sara Drake

I’ve read and reviewed the other two books in the Ironskin series. Ms. Connolly offers some of the smartest steampunk out there and it’s always a joy to read her work. This third addition to the Ironskin world features Dorie, who we met in the first book as a young child. She’s half human and half fey in a world where the fey have been the ultimate enemy for too long.

Silverblind takes place several years after the previous two books, enough time for Dorie to grow up and finish college. Of course, the society has not changed much from the past two books and an educated woman has an uphill battle to land a job. Dorie makes the unusual choice of changing herself into a man to help get employment. It seems to be working until she has to choose between the job she’s longed for and doing the right thing.

The more Dorie learns about her new job, the more she suspects that something larger may be going on. New laws make an increasing number of actions illegal, forcing Dorie to decide who she trusts. Will the boy she grew up with, the one she loves, be the one to betray her?

The world building throughout this trilogy has been growing with each book. Ms. Connolly fleshes out the world and continues to add fascinating details. I loved the wyverns in this book. I have a soft spot for stories with strong pet-person bonds and Dorie’s role as wyvern mommy really worked for me. I liked discovering the origins of the fey and seeing more of them through Dorie’s eyes.

Ms. Connolly does a wonderful job building slow, subtle romances. I’m not a fan of the love-at-first sight or the lust-is-love romance. Like the other two books, Silverblind gives us a gentle love story beneath the action. Tam, the hero, has valid reasons to be angry with Dorie. It’s a joy to read his slow healing and forgiveness. The interaction between them made the book for me!

The plot, however, fell a little flat for me. I didn’t feel the same tension that I did in Copperhead. I enjoyed the build up but I just didn’t feel the danger lurking type of tension I think I should have. Thinking back, I’m not sure I can pinpoint where it could have been strengthened or what didn’t work for me. So, it might just be me.

Overall, I’ve enjoyed every book in this series and I recommend them to anyone looking for something fresh. I look forward to seeing what Ms. Connolly will write next.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Sara Drake has been an avid reader since a young age. She has both a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and a Master’s in History.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Macmillan. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.