My pick this week:
Publisher: Tor Books
Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
The sequel to Tina Connolly's stunning historical fantasy debut.
Helen Huntingdon is beautiful—so beautiful she has to wear an iron mask. Six months ago her sister Jane uncovered a fey plot to take over the city. Too late for Helen, who opted for fey beauty in her face—and now has to cover her face with iron so she won’t be taken over, her personality erased by the bodiless fey.
Not that Helen would mind that some days. Stuck in a marriage with the wealthy and controlling Alistair, she lives at the edges of her life, secretly helping Jane remove the dangerous fey beauty from the wealthy society women who paid for it. But when the chancy procedure turns deadly, Jane goes missing—and is implicated in the murder.
Meanwhile, Alistair’s influential clique Copperhead—whose emblem is the poisonous copperhead hydra—is out to restore humans to their “rightful” place, even to the point of destroying the dwarvven who have always been allies.
Helen is determined to find her missing sister, as well as continue the good fight against the fey. But when that pits her against her own husband—and when she meets an enigmatic young revolutionary—she’s pushed to discover how far she’ll bend society’s rules to do what’s right. It may be more than her beauty at stake. It may be her honor...and her heart.
I had the chance to read and review the first book in the series, Ironskin, which follow's Jane's life (my review). I'm surprised that Helen is now the focus, but I think she has great potential for growth as a character exactly because she wasn't all that likeable in book one. Now that war has broken out, I'm very curious about what will happen and how Helen will deal with the situation she landed herself in!
Have you read Ironskin? What do you think of my pick / the idea of a historical novel with evil fey? Also, leave a link to the book you chose to feature this week :)