Ironskin, Book 3
Synopsis: 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?
Review: I had a good time with the previous volume, without reading the first one I confess. The author has created a truly rich and interesting world combining human and fantastic creatures. But while the two worlds are colliding, nothing is the same and many consequences are arriving from each side. Yet peace with the fey is finally installed, but that’s not counting the arrogance and the desire of growing power from men.
Dorie is now a young woman. Mid-fey, she has long tried to hide her inheritance and to live a fairly normal life and quiet away from the problems of her childhood. Finishing her studies, she is eager to work, to find a place in a laboratory so she can finally help people in need. But nobody wants to hire a woman for that kind of job. Despite her determination and desire, it seems that nothing is possible. Yet an alternative is possible … yes, if she uses her powers, she is able to turn into a boy, a man who could finally realize her dreams, even if carrying another identity. But this change will bring new worries in the life of the young woman when she crosses the path of her cousin, a boy she has betrayed years ago. And while a friendship is developing between them, she can not tell him the truth. Yet she knows that she will be forced to be honest with him, especially after what happened to him in his life.
I was very happy to follow Dorie here. Her injustice is understandable regarding her status of women and the obstacles she must pass to do whatever she wants to. We try to understand throughout the novel what really happened with Tam, what event tore them apart. Yes, because it is very sad to see that she has feelings for him, to hope she can connect with him, to create something, if only friendship with a former childhood friend. But lies are hard to override and it seems quite complicated to do it all. It’s difficult enough elsewhere to understand Tam. We see that he is a kind and caring man and at the same time it is difficult to understand why he did not try to go beyond the things.
I loved their investigation, to discover more information about the Wyvern, the fey or basilisk. I also really loved the little wyvern who adopts Dorie. It was interesting to see that our heroine was able to do the things she wanted to achieve to help those in need. At the same time we also can see the human greed and the evil they do to those who didn’t do a thing.
But that’s not all because we also have the chance to see the characters of the previous volume, see what they have become over time. And we have Jane and Helen, but also many others for our pleasure. So yes, I once again I had a great time and even if this volume is the last one, I am very happy with the events. A good discovery again.