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Ironskin by Tina Connolly
Cover Artist: Larry Rostant
Review by Drew Bittner
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765330598
Date: 02 October 2012 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Beneath a demi-mask of iron lies the elf-scarred cheek of Jane Eliot, schoolteacher and survivor of the Great War that claimed many lives--and ruined many more, like hers--only five years ago. When she is cast out of a teaching post, she takes a job as a governess to a nearly feral child out in the country--but what she finds will overturn her world altogether.

From official release/information:

Book Description: 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 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.

(Source: Tor Books)

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