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Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
Picking up after the events of Ironskin, Connolly’s Jane Eyre reimagining, this is an outstanding exploration of the interplay between beauty, power and female freedom. Connolly’s a master at engaging with the theme that any power gained by physical beauty is neutralized by how easily it can be exploited. Jane’s sister, Helen, is an unlikely yet deeply likable heroine whose struggle to overcome feelings of self-doubt and weakness will endear her to readers. No longer bound by the constraints of reformulating the gothic classic, Connolly expands her world of fae, dwarvven and (sometimes monstrous) humans in a truly rich and satisfying way.
During a meeting of the radically anti-fae and anti-dwarvven Copperhead society, Jane Eliot attempts to covertly restore the original face of one of The Hundred, a group of women who all had their faces enhanced by fae magic. Since the fae are drawn to traces of their power, the women are all too vulnerable to fae attack and possession, and Jane is determined to save as many of them as she can. But when the operation goes awry, Jane vanishes, setting her sister Helen — one of The Hundred herself — on a two-part mission: find Jane and convince the rest of The Hundred to have their faces restored. First Helen must conquer her own fears of being nothing more than a pretty face, and stand up to her cruel husband, Alistair, who is closely allied with the sinister Copperhead clique. (TOR, Oct., 320 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed By: Regina Small
Published: October 2013