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?
Since this trilogy's stunning opener, Ironskin, Connolly has used her fantasy series as a way to explore important issues of female self-image, self-worth and interiority. . . .a consistently engaging and entertaining series closer.
-- RT Book Reviews
With the book set in an alternative history, in a Victorian-type society that rarely values women and where nonhumans are viewed with fear, suspicion, and sometimes outright hatred, Dorie's character is beautifully described. The relationships she has with her closest friend, the other women she interacts with, and the reconnecting with a childhood friend all serve to flesh out a fascinating and intriguing persona. No understanding of the previous books is required, as this story stands alone. Recommended for those who have enjoyed reading the Bronte sisters or Jane Austen.
Dorie, a spoiled and troubled child in Ironskin, has grown into an appealing heroine who takes risks to help the disadvantaged, even at great danger to herself. VERDICT This alternate history/fantasy blend is rich in details, creating a vivid world intriguingly altered from our own history by contact with the fey.
-- Library Journal