Friday, September 21, 2012

Ironskin by Tina Connolly

During the war with the fae, Jane lost her brother and got injured by fae warfare.  Wearing an iron mask protects her from her curse, but it also identifies her as touched by the fae.  People mistrust her.  Jobs are hard to come by.  When she finds a job advertisement for a governess of a child touched by the fae, she thinks she can help because of her experiences.  Nothing prepared her for the the new role she would play...

Tor/Forge and Net Galley let me download a copy of this ebook for review (thank you).  The book will be published October 2nd, so watch for it at your local bookstore.

I like things fae, magic, and sweetly romantic.  This story has all of those and more.  Fae are often darker than they are light.  They lie to get what they want.  And they have no emotional ties, they are users more than lovers.

Jane just wants a way to survive.  She also hopes she can help this child who has been touched by fae.  She doesn't realize the child has magic powers...

This is a Gothic romance novel written for young adults.  I found myself entranced by the world Ms. Connolly created.  Jane is attracted to Edward, but he's changing women into beautiful creatures that captivate their husbands and other men they meet.  He's secretive about it and his customers give up no details.  She knows it's not normal.

This young woman has a real challenge trying to help the child she's governing.  She's also not getting a lot of cooperation from the others in the household because of who she is.  She persists, but has no idea of the danger that is ahead of her.

I really liked the setting for the story, the Gothic romance, and the bittersweet ending of this book.  This one is a keeper to me.  I'll be buying a copy for my library.  If there is a bit of romance in your soul and you like a touch of magic, this story will grab your interest and you'll find yourself walking with Jane and ready to brave everything she does.  A strong female character can add a lot to a story.

Here's the trailer to tweak your interest:  Ironskin

Happy reading.

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