GoodReads Summary: 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.
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Bronte's Jane Eyre is a book that I will forever treasure. I haven't read all that many classics, but out of the ones I have read it's my favourite. This is the third re-telling of Jane Eyre I've read, but unfortunately unlike the other two I was hugely let down.
I think that if you go into this with fresh eyes you may end up liking it, but as an avid fan of the classic I couldn't help but make comparisons, and to me, this didn't quite have the spark Jane Eyre did.
However, I'll give credit where credit is due. Connolly presents a world left devastated after a war with the Fey. A number of war victims find that they are cursed and have to wear an iron mask so it doesn't spread to other victims. I enjoyed reading about the different gadgets created by the Fey and the superstitious associated with them. However, there isn't really a proper exploration into the world. We're given enough information about the War between the humans and Fay to understand the plot, but not enough to feel fully immersed.
Edward Rochart failed to live up to the Rochester of Bronte's novel. I found that the romance between him and Jane was underdeveloped and not quite as exciting as it was with the pair from the classic who had great chemistry and passion. Also, I didn't really get why Jane loved him or how he could love her when they had barely spent any time together.
Jane herself was an okay mc, and so were the secondary characters. The reason for this is because I felt like there wasn't enough interaction or dynamics between them.
Ironskin is a book I think may be appreciated by those who have not read the classic. If you're an avid JE fan like me, and are looking for a re-telling I'd recommend A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont or Jane by April Lindner.