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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Tor books and Netgalley.)
21-year-old Jane Eliot wears an ‘ironskin’, or iron mask. When she was younger she was too close to a ‘fey bomb’ when it went off and she now has pieces of shrapnel in her face. These small pieces of fey metal cause her to feel rage, and she must wear the iron over the metal in her cheek and temple to prevent the rage from spreading to anyone else.
Jane has recently lost her job as a teacher, and has instead taken a position as a governess in the country, teaching a small child called Dorie, who herself has a touch of fey about her. Dorie’s mother was pregnant when she was cursed by the fey, and Dorie is able to make things move without touching them.
Mr Rochart – Dorie’s father and Jane’s employer has a studio that nobody is allowed into, and obviously has a secret hiddent here. Jane also often sees him going into the woods, which is dangerous as there are still fey about, even if the war with the fey is over.
If you’ve read ‘Jane Eyre’ you can probably pick the similarities from the above summary quite easily. The main characters are even called Jane and Rochart if you hadn’t already figured it out. I have to say that in my opinion it is very similar to Jane Eyre; Jane is poor, she’s a governess, she’s secretly lusting after Mr Rochester, oops, I mean Mr Rochart, and Mr Rochart is hiding some secret in his upstairs studio that she is not to know about.
The addition of the fey to this rather conservative storyline was interesting, and was done well, and although if you’ve read Jane Eyre you will know exactly where the plot line is going, there were a couple of fey twists that I didn’t see coming.
Overall; Jane Eyre with a touch of fey.
6.5 out of 10.
Ironskin is released today.
(Courtesy of Goodreads)