Author: Tina Connolly
Series: Book Three in the Ironskin Trilogy
Published By: Tor Books (October 7, 2014)
Source: Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 4 Stars
The final book in this series will jump forward 18 years and feature Dorie, Jane's young charge from Ironskin.
18 years later . . .
Dorie Rochart has been hiding her fey side for a long time. Now, finished with University, she plans to study magical creatures and plants in the wild, bringing long-forgotten cures to those in need. But when no one will hire a girl to fight basilisks, she releases her shapechanging fey powers--to disguise herself as a boy.
While hunting for wyvern eggs, she saves a young scientist who's about to get steamed by a silvertail-- and finds her childhood friend Tam Grimsby, to whom she hasn't spoken in seven years. Not since she traded him to the fey. She can't bear to tell him who she really is, but every day grows harder as he comes to trust her.
The wyverns are being hunted to extinction for the powerful compounds in their eggs. The fey are dying out as humans grow in power. Now Tam and Dorie will have to decide which side they will fight for. And if they end up on opposite sides, can their returning friendship survive?
I have loved this series from the very beginning. It has a rather fun and original take on the fae with a slight steampunk Victorian feel that just makes it hard to resist.
This is one of the few series that even though this is the last book, I wasn't nervous in the least to read it. I just knew I was going to be in for a grand adventure and that is exactly what Connolly delivered with. In fact, I think this is by far my favorite book of the trilogy.
I loved Dorie. She isn't necessarily a fierce warrior or even a kick butt one but she is a headstrong girl that goes after what she wants. She has made a lot of mistakes in her life and being half fey, doesn't always know where she fits in in a world that is against everything she is a part of. She feels like she needs to atone for the sins of her family and fae heritage while also protecting them and her very human family and friends. She is torn between two lives, two worlds and it has taken her a lot to get to where she is by the story's end but I loved her journey.
I loved seeing glimpses of Jane and Helen (narrators of book one and two) and then of course seeing Dorie and Tam grow up and become adults. To see where everyone is in their lives, the battles they are fighting and how much the world they live in has both grown and become stunted with prejudice and hate.
This was a wonderfully written and satisfying conclusion to the series and one I soon won't be forgetting.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*
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