Nice Jane Eyre retelling,
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Ironskin (Taschenbuch)
I was drawn to Ironskin by the pretty cover and because I like fey stories. Obviously the book is a retelling of Jane Eyre and though I've read a few classics, I have to admit that I haven't read this one yet. Overall, the book was a bit boring plotwise but really beautifully written, thus kind of hard to review.
After the Great War, there's not much a woman with a fey scar can do. So, Jane applies for a position as governess out in the country. She wears an iron mask to contain her personal fey curse: feeling and amplifying people's rage. Her new employer, Edward Rochard, pursues some mysterious business in his manor. Jane feels immediately drawn to his cloaked manners. As governess she works with Dorie, Edward's daughter. But Dorie isn't a normal child, she has some special fey talents herself and Jane tries to teach her how to behave more sociably. Because in this world, the fey are the enemies and Jane will do anything to protect those she loves.
After a few pages already, it becomes obvious that this is no typical fantasy book. It's not exactly YA even though there are no explicit sexual or violent scenes. The style is sophisticated and wonderful to read. I couldn't really get into Jane though she seemed like a strong woman. And I have to admit that I sort of disliked Edward. He couldn't ever say anything directly, just got lost in hints and suggestions. I liked the minor characters much better, like Poule and Cook.
The love story between Jane and Edward was hard to believe. There didn't seem any reason at all to feel something for each other. It is a very quiet and subtle love story without much passion or excitement. The plot of the first three quarters of the book is easily summarized in a few sentences and then there's a lot happening in the end. But I have to admit that I was bored quite often.
Overall, Ironskin was a nice read. I liked the setting a lot, the dark and lonely manor in the country, but there could have been a lot more happening throughout the book for my liking. Maybe, fans of Jane Eyre will be able to enjoy the novel even more as they can discover all the parallels which I didn't see. I'm not sure whether I'll read the next book, Copperhead, which has been released recently. It seems to focus mainly on Helen, Jane's sister, who doesn't intrigue me too much.