Ironskin was nominated for a Nebula Award in the Best Novel category, and it’s easy to see why (the winner was 2312). This incredibly poignant, passionate and inventive fantasy take on Jane Eyre is set in a world in which England has just barely won a war against the fey.
The world-building is fantastic (pun intended) and the characters shine. Jane is a wonderful character who shares the original Jane Eyre’s strong sense of ethics, self respect, and passion. The only flaw in the book is that the romance between Jane and her brooding employer is under-developed. As long as you are reading this as a fantasy about an amazing woman, as opposed to a romance where the love story takes center stage, you will love the book. My full-length review is at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.