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Ironskin Audiobook

Ironskin

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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 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 are true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of a new life-and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again.

©2012 Christina Marie Connolly (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jeff Jackson
    United States
    14/11/12
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    "Light Fantasy With A Compelling Story"

    I think that the story in Ironskin is told very well from a writing standpoint. The prose is very tight and conveys character and their emotions very well. Jane as the point of view character is able to portray the world around her well.

    However, while the story is well told, the story itself does suffer at times. It is a very slow developing tale, which is mostly about Jane and her relationship with Dorie and how the two struggle against one another until the end. Jane’s romantic interest in Edward seems borderline shallow, only stemming from the fact that he touched her and that she was starved for someone to make even the most innocuous of contact with her. Since she is fey-cursed, apparently not many people do that. That’s the way I felt anyway.

    I’ve seen this book billed as steampunkish in nature, but there really isn’t much of that element to the story. In fact, the steampunk elements were so far and few between, and so glossed over, that they seemed only put in place to make the claim that it could fit into that genre. The aspects of Fey technology was much more predominant.

    Towards the end is where those who enjoy a little action with their story will be most satisfied. Without saying too much, I’ll just say that the Fey actually start making an appearance (after a very long wait) and there are a couple good action scenes with Jane battling the Fey Queen.

    The story does fall off a cliff at the very end. But, with a 2013 sequel (surprise, surprise) that seems to be the norm for stories these days in an attempt to draw people into the next bit of the story. I would have preferred to have had a little more resolution at the end of Ironskin however.

    Overall, a very nice, light fantasy tale that doesn't cookie cutter a lot of what is out there.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    Whittier, CA
    13/01/14
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    "Don't Let Anyone Beautiful In or Out!"

    This is the second time I've visited Tina Connolly's Ironskin - I read it back when it first came out, and I wanted to revisit it in audio before listening to the sequel: Copperhead.

    Ironskin follows Jane, a young woman who watched the fae kill her brother and was wounded by fae shrapnel. (Yes, in this book, there are evil faeries. It's kind of awesome!) To be rehabilitated from the cursed shrapnel embedded in her face, Jane must wear an iron mask that keeps the curse from infecting others around her. She accepts a job in the country as a governess for a young girl who exhibits abilities that suggest she has been touched by the dangerous fae. The girl's father is an artist who sculpts odd masks for women, and while attempting to help the girl rehabilitate, Jane soon finds she has feelings for him. Things get complicated very quickly - just about everyone seems to wear masks, even if they're made of flesh and blood.

    Ironskin is a romantic fantasy novel drawing inspiration from Jane Eyre as well as fairy tales. I appreciated that it tackled big themes - that anger is sometimes a good thing, beauty is within ourselves, and that just because you're disabled or disadvantaged doesn't make you any less of a person.

    Initially, I was a bit disappointed that Connolly herself wasn't reading - she has a great voice and has done lots of great readings at her podcast Toasted Cake, as well as at PodCastle. However, Rosalyn Landor gives a very polished reading that helps transport the story to a world that's similar to our own early 20th century, and it's easy to see why she was chosen to narrate this one. She can sound cool and detached, or bring a cold fury depending on the character and the situation. When Jane is struggling with her curse, as well as her feelings toward Mr. Rochart, we don't doubt the conflicting emotions that could easily sound like overdone melodrama coming from another reader. From Landor's lips - it works.

    Ironskin is a story rich with love and empowerment, told from the point of view of a woman very much trying to find her new place in the world. I'm thoroughly looking forward to seeing what Connolly does next - not only with Copperhead and the books in this series, but beyond.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • D. Daly
    Long Island, NY
    13/01/13
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    "I adored this."
    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    Everything about the narration was spectacular.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I could barely wait to get back to it when I had to stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so very clever. It certainly had a sense of Jane Eyre, but it diverged from that story line well. The world Tina Connolly has created is rich and realistic and I can't wait until the next installment!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Coral
    Mississauga, ON, Canada
    04/01/14
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    "The Fey and Jane Eyre"

    I really enjoy this story. While the romantic themes of the book are very similar to Jane Eyre the book doesn't use it a cookie cutter template. The Fey side of the story will be familiar to people use to reading books about elves not influential by Disney or Tolkien. However the blend is better then both of those suggest - the plot does not follow the same well worn pattern and Jane's desires and dreams are so believable. The story isn't overly one thing or the other.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pam van Hylckama Vlieg
    San Jose, CA USA
    21/05/13
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    "An almost perfect tale"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they love books with Fae lore.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I loved the fairy lore and the magic system. I got extremely bored with the romance and the way that arc ended frustrated me beyond belief.


    Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

    I loved Jane in all her neurotic glory.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a decent fantasy enriched with fairy lore that could have done without the romance or had the romance developed quite a bit more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • sarah
    Kodiak, AK, United States
    30/11/12
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    "Excellent twist on Jane Eyre"
    What did you love best about Ironskin?

    The author retooled the classic Jane Eyre with a light and fantastic touch. While the conclusion was forgone, I enjoyed the journey of the tale. This is an appropriate choice for teens 13 and up, but not too juvenile for adult readers.


    Did Rosalyn Landor do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Rosalyn Landor is an able narrator.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • John Henry Lamming
    20/02/15
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    "Pretty good"

    Fairly interesting concept and story, well performed. For my tastes, it was a bit too Jane Austen and not enough Jim Butcher, but it takes all kinds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Pagosa Springs, Co United States
    01/12/14
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    "It took to long to get interesting."

    The last quarter of the book finally got interesting and then it ended. The reader did not make it interesting either. The story could have been good if it hadn't been so slow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • angel
    16/08/14
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    "Fantasy Jane Erye"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Its just a fun listen. I wouldn't say it was great but it was worth the credit. Also, the second book in the series is better.


    Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but she did a very nice job.


    Any additional comments?

    The basic premise of this book is Jane Erye with fae. If that sounds interesting, then this is the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julia
    Portland, OR, United States
    23/06/14
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    "Jane Eyre with Magic"

    This beautifully narrated book was very reminiscent of Jane Eyre, with the house on the moors, governess position, and grumpy/absent father. However, the main character has additional conflict - she must deal with a crippling disability caused by a war between the fae and humans. I loved the mix of conflict. And seriously, the narration was absolutely gorgeous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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