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Jane Eliot wears an iron mask.I'm not a big fan of fey stories (I haven't read one before, actually), but a retelling of Jane Eyre will always get my immediate attention. Add a bit of Man in the Iron Mask, sprinkle in some steampunk (I just read Westerfield's Leviathan and loved it), and finish with an Ugly Duckling twist, and voila!
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.
Ironskin has actually been out for a week or two now, so I'd like to know... Who's read it? Who's planning to read it? And what are you wishing for this Wednesday?