Copperhead by Tina Connolly
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
Genre: Historical, Fantasy
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
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.
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Disclosure: I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
What I Felt
The threat of the fey was not over after the defeat of fey queen. Not when fey magic was present in the faces of about hundred women, who wanted to be more beautiful. Edward Rochart from Ironskin made it happen via surgery. However, something went wrong in the midst of Jane's surgery to remove the fey from the women's faces and she went missing. Helen has to go on a search for Jane and prove that her sister's innocence.
As with Ironskin, I find the pacing for Copperhead to be a little slow at the first part of the book. However, things definitely got interesting as Helen grew as a character within the book. From a meek woman who followed her husband's wishes to one who assumes responsibilities. The book also offers more explanation about the fey, its impact and people's reaction to it. The story grew to be more engaging towards the end of the book, especially with the addition of several characters such as Tam, Fyre and Rook.
Copperhead is a good continuation in the Ironskin series and I'm definitely curious about book 3 because Dorie is the main character!
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