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Ironskin (English Edition) von [Connolly, Tina]

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“A lyrical, beautifully crafted debut. I was particularly taken with the beautifully conceived strangeness of Connolly's fey-touched, just-a-shade-away alternate magical England. A haunting exploration of the true price one must pay for magic, beauty, and love, Ironskin will stay with me for a long time to come.” ―M.K. Hobson, author of The Native Star

“Clever and romantic at the same time--no mean feat. A magical and entertaining waltz across the fairy forests and dark moors just a sideways step or two from Haworth Parsonage.” ―Ian R. MacLeod, author of Wake Up and Dream

“A gothic, eerie, and pitch-perfect retelling of Jane Eyre, in which the moors are haunted by menacing fae and the hero's secrets are steeped in magic. Ironskin kept me up past my bedtime and stayed with me long after the last page has been turned.” ―Leah Cypess, author of Mistwood


We all wear battle scars.
Some run deeper than others.
Jane's are impossible to hide.

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 post is advertised for a governess to assist with a fey-cursed child, Jane grabs the opportunity and leaves for a new life at Silver Birch Hall.

Teaching the unruly Dorie to suppress her curse is a challenge in itself. But Jane’s also battling with burgeoning feelings for the little girl's father – the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. Deep down 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 are true? As Jane unlocks the secrets of a new life – she discovers just how far she’s prepared to go to become whole again.



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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.
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I can't say that I did not have problems with this - especially in the beginning, I found this to be slow and the many similarities to Jane Eyre put me off instead of endearing me. First, there is the name of the heroine: Jane Eliot versus Jane Eyre. Edward Rochart versus Edward Rochester. Governess versus governess, estate-owner versus estate-owner ... well, I could go on but I think you see where I'm going with this.

However, there is one great difference which is the post-war setting as well as, you guessed it, the fey. At first, the latter is not prominent, except for the consequences of the war the humans have to live with. But after about half of the novel, something happens. I can't say whether it is plotwise, or if something in the writing changed, but suddenly I couldn't put it down. I was enthralled with what was happening, appaled when Jane made her decision and ever more appaled when she realized what she had done!

Just like in 'Jane Eyre' I love the brooding, older man Jane falls in love with. There is quite an air of mysteriousness around Mr. Rochart that I find quite exciting. If you like fey, you should definitely check "Ironskin" out. If you like modern retellings, again check this out. In the end, the retelling is not as obvious but still this is quite a good book!
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HASH(0x9373c804) von 5 Sternen My Life is a Notebook Reviews: Ironskin 2. Oktober 2012
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Thank you to NetGalley and Tor/Forge for the ability to read this eARC!

There are books that I would die to have enjoyed completely, and this is one of them. Sadly, it fell short of my expectations.

In case you didn't already realize, this book is a fey/steampunk retelling of Jane Eyre-you know, that book by Charlotte Bronte we all had to read in school. Jane Eyre was a school book that I actually didn't mind, surprisingly, and I had high hopes for the awesomeness that could come out of adding fantasy elements.

For much of the book, however, it seems like Connelly stays too close to its original text. The names are hardly changed (not a big deal, but still) and the biggest part for me is that Ironskin reads just as slow as Jane Eyre did for a majority of the text. Retelling or no, this is still a YA book and people still want a faster pace than classic books-that's why I read YA, at least.

My biggest problem was characterization. I never connected with Jane as a character-she was far too stiff all the time. Worse, she all of a sudden simply decided she was in love with Mr. Rochart without ANY kind of connection being made between them at all. This Mr. Rochart is more absent and strange than the one in Jane Eyre, and that's saying something. Several other decisions and plot points were also simply made without any preamble or reasoning, and that bothered me to no end. Much of the story seemed to happen without much reason other than that it had to happen for the sake of the story.

I did, however, greatly enjoy the idea behind the story. This retelling was far more interesting than the original. However, the plot holes that were left in several places continued to irk me throughout the book. I can't ask many of the questions I wish without giving away the plot, but I found myself at least mildly confused throughout the entire novel.

So why the 3 1/2 star rating, then? Because of the idea. This refreshing, interesting idea that-yes-wasn't fleshed out to all its credit. Also, towards the end of the novel, the pace picked up greatly and was actually exciting. If Connolly had put that kind of pacing into the first three-fourths or so of the novel, I would have been much more invested. Also, moving towards the end, the story began to depart more and more from it's very serious Jane Eyre parallels that were present in the beginning. I kept waiting for key plot points of Jane Eyre to crop up, some with dread (St. John, anyone?), but fewer of them actually came up, and when they did they were decidedly different from the original text. The end of Ironskin did not entirely make up for the beginning, but it did make the rating of this book much higher than I thought it would be.

All in all, though I enjoyed Ironskin, I wanted more from it than I was given. Perhaps this book requires more love for the classics than I have, or more patience, but I consistently felt like I was being let down by all the potential it most certainly had. The end of the book was a great deal more exciting than the beginning, but in truth I was lucky to make it that far. I have put the second Ironskin novel, currently untitled and due out in 2013, on my TBR list just because I'm curious to see where Connolly will take this story now that she's exhausted Jane Eyre. Perhaps being freed from that model will open up more of the story's potential.
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HASH(0x9373c954) von 5 Sternen Ironskin 2. Oktober 2012
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2.5 Stars

I had such high hopes for this book, the cover the blurb everything screamed this has to be a 5 star book but no not the case. I was a little disappointed the book had so much potential especially with that blurb but in the end it didn't live up to it entirely. Also if you have read Jane Eyre this is a retelling... a very loose retelling.

The book starts off letting us know that the Fey war has been over for the past five years. We are introduced to Jane who has to wear an iron mask since she was struck with the shrapnel's of a fey bomb and in turn she is cursed with rage and the iron mask keeps her curse in check. The people who wear ironskin are looked down upon and Jane has a hard time keeping a job until she gets the chance to work in the home of Edward Rochart who has a fey cursed child.

I was expecting a fast paced thrilling read, what I wasn't expecting was to be bored for the first half of the book. The majority of the book was Jane trying to teach the child (Dorie) how to stop using her powers and use her hands to do things. I was tempted to mark this as dnf but I was stubborn, I was determined to see this one to the end and I'm actually glad I did, it got a lot better in the second half. It was more fast paced and we finally had other interesting characters to read about. I was expecting romance but there wasn't much and what did develop did not seem believable. Jane and Edward barely saw each other, didn't have much interaction but somehow fell in love.

I did like the world building it was done very well, I was able to really picture it all with vivid detail. I really liked the fantasy aspect of the world. I also actually really liked Jane. She is half the reason I continued reading when I normally would have put this one aside, she wasn't a damsel in distress when things got tough and chaotic she took action.

Overall this book was not for me, There were a few things I liked but not enough to where I want to pick up the second book when it comes out.
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HASH(0x9373cc90) von 5 Sternen annoying kid, little to no romance, potential not realized 4. März 2013
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I found the little girl character annoying. The first 100 pages or so are the fey cursed governess trying to get the fey cursed 5 year old to behave. She moves things around with her telekinesis and governess is trying to teach her how to use her hands. This does not go over well.

This book is billed as a romance. There is no romance. One day, we are told the hero is in love with the governess and vice versa. Ummm what? When did this happen?

Then halfway through the book the plot changes from the focus on the 5 year old girl to the overall war with the fey. Is it over? Are the fey still around?

This book had potential and I kept turning pages to see what would happen next. But the potential was never realized. When the book ended I thought this is it? I felt the ending was very abrupt.

The other reviews say that this is a reverse Beauty and the Beast romance. I didn't notice any romance in this book. There was little conversation between hero and heroine and most of their interaction revolves around the little girl. I didn't like this book.
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HASH(0x9373c7bc) von 5 Sternen Excellent adaption - Jane Eyre meets the fae 17. Mai 2014
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Ironskin by Tina Connelly is a retelling of Jane Eyre with a fantasy twist. Unlike similar classic/fantasy blends such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or Jane Slayre, Ironskin avoids the humorous side of such a juxtaposition and plays it relatively straight. It tells the story of Jane Eliot, a young woman who must wear an iron mask to contain the effects of a injury sustained in the war against the fae. Although the war is long over, she is still very much an outcast and takes employment with one Mr. Rochart looking after his young daughter, Dorie. Dorie, it seems, has also been affected by the fae.

What I liked

The adaptation. This version, while not following the exact plotline of Jane Eyre, does an excellent job of maintaining the characterisations and emotional beats of the original story. Like Jane Eyre, our Jane Eliot lives at the fringes of her society, and this has a large influence on her character. Edward too, is very similar to the Edward Rochester of the book – his guilt for his past is a block in his admitting his feelings for Jane. Ironskin focusses mainly on the Jane/Edward relationship and hits most of the same emotional beats as the original with the love, betrayal and reunion. I didn’t feel Ironskin came quite up to the emotion of the Jane Eyre ending where Jane is finally reunited with Rochester. The fae side of the story was nicely woven in along with this key relationship.

Beauty as a theme. This is an interesting theme woven throughout the novel. Jane, physically scarred as she is by the Great War, is very sensitive to this, especially as she sees the “pretty ladies” who congregate around Edward. She must decide how best to compete for the love of the man she adores. The whole fey beauty becomes a major plot point.

Supporting characters. Although it focusses on Jane and Edward, I did enjoy the supporting characters in the book, especially Poole (half dwarven!) and Dorie. I liked how Jane’s relationships with them are developed through the book.

The narration. I was drawn to Ironskin as much by the plot as the audio narration sample. When deciding whether to buy the Audible book or the Kindle ebook I often listen to the sample. I loved Rosalyn Landor’s voice and narration in the sample and she did not disappoint in the least. I loved the entire narration. Maybe it’s because I am British (soon to be Canadian!), I generally warm to British narrators more than American ones. Landor narrates this with a wonderfully rich received pronunciation accent and brings a lot of life to the tale.

The pacing. With the focus on Jane’s time at the manor, the story moves along briskly. Like in the original, there are several hints at Rochart’s secret, and this keeps the audience intrigued.

What I didn’t like.

There was little I disliked about Ironskin. There were a few occasions where a more modern turn of phrase was used which I found a little off-putting, but other than that I really enjoyed it. Ironskin is the first in a series of books set in this world. The second, Copperhead, follows Jane’s younger sister, Helen. To be honest, I’ll probably give that a miss as the character of Helen rather irritating in Ironskin and I have no interest in following her story. However, the third book, Silverblind, due out later this year follows a grown up Dorie. Now that I am interested in, and will certainly pick it up in audiobook when it’s available.

I gave Ironskin four and a half stars out of five.
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HASH(0x93740030) von 5 Sternen Jane Eyre + Fey 6. Oktober 2012
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Cursed by the fey war, Jane wears an iron mask to contain the curse and to hide her scar.
She takes up a job for Edward Rochart. Being governess to Mr. Rochart's daughter is not what she thought it would be.

This is a retelling of Jane Eyre, which I have not read, so I can't compare how alike the two are, but I do know what the book is about.

The cover! Yeah it's amazing, but everyone knows how I like my covers! I liked the Gothic atmosphere of it, and the beginning was promising, but it sort of slowed down and went downhill form there. The last half of the book stood at a standstill for me. I was confused and found myself rereading pages back. There was nothing wrong with the heroine Jane. And I liked Dorie somewhat, I liked the interactions between Jane and Dorie. It was the romance didn't do it for me, it was weird and creepy.

I don't know if I'm going to be picking up the next book.
You might enjoy it if you like classics.

Thank you to Tor Books and NetGally for this ARC.

2.5 out of 5
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