Ironskin by Tina Conolly takes Jane Eyre and turns it on its head. Or face. Yes, it's a mashup. A pretty good one, but still another mashup. I enjoyed it, though. The characterization was pretty good, and the plot made sense, if a little confused towards the end. In this Jane tale, Jane Elliot was wounded in the Great War with the fey. She now wears a mask over part of her face to cover the wound, to protect others from her "curse." As the story opens, she has become desperate for a job and has traveled to the country to help a child similarly cursed. But the tiny girl has different issues than Jane. The tiny girl can make things levitate, and she refuses to use her hands. Totally not acceptable in the post-war society.
Jane takes on the formidable task of teaching Dorie to use her hands, and soon she discovers that there are other secrets in the house. No strange laughter, but the master of the house, an artist, certainly has a lot of beautiful women for clients. What could they possibly want from him? Not the ugly masks he has displayed in the reception room, surely.
Mystery, betrayal, and tragedy loom large in this worthy addition to the fantasy classic mashups. ~Tessa 3.5 stars out of 5
Thanks, again, to NetGalley for the opportunity to read the advance copy!