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Copperhead (Ironskin #2)

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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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Tor Books
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Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Jane defeated the Fae Queen in Ironskin, but the fae threat is still very present, partly because Edward's facelifts included inserting fae magic into the women's faces--and there are now a hundred women at risk of fae incursion. Helen's husband is part of a group trying to expel all non-human life from the city, which includes more and more draconian rules and bad behavior from the government and the members of Copperhead. But there's something extra weird going on in Copperhead, and Helen is d ...more
Bella Grace
Ooooooh! This is so darn pretty!

I need to buy this series for the sole purpose of having such amazing covers in my vicinity. I like pretty things quite a bit, you know?
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Four stars: Glitz, glamour and iron masks meet the Fey.

Helen before entering the party, stops to unfasten her iron mask. Helen is one of the elite one hundred who received a face transplant courtesy of the mysterious Rochart.
Helen and the rest of the women after their surgeries are indeed stunningly beautiful, but they paid a steep price. Unbeknownst to the women at the time, Rochart was under the spell of the Fey Queen, and he was removing the women's real faces and replacing them with fey infu
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
When I read Ironskin, the companion novel to this one last year I thought it was a pretty unique retelling with fantasy elements that I not only enjoyed but really wanted more of. I didn't quite get the world building and a definite ending that I was hoping for so when this one came out I just knew that it was something I needed to read as well. If not to hopefully get more glimpses of Jane than to at least learn more about the world Jane and Helen lived in.

Where Ironskin was lacking in explana
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really liked how this book took a character from the first novel who seemed shallow and a bit insipid and showed us how very strong she actually was - and yet also still the same character from before. I loved reading about Helen coming into her own, standing up for independence, and taking care of others. Plus figuring out what she wanted in life, and who was worthy of spending it with her. Really lovely.

I've read a number of series where the first book was based on a well-known story - a fai
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
You know, it’s kind of funny, in a sad way, how the opinions of others can affect me. I really enjoyed Ironskin, but it wasn’t all that popular with most of my blogger friends. As such, I was a bit afraid that I wouldn’t like Copperhead, as though I had been in wrong in my own assessment. It’s sort of my natural state to doubt myself, though I wish it weren’t. Clearly, I should have trusted my opinion, because I really enjoyed Copperhead as well, marginally more than Ironskin in fact.

Read the fu
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-library
I like it. At first I wasn't sure if I would due to the switch in narrative viewpoint from Jane to her sister, Helen, but within a couple of chapters I got wrapped up in the story and didn't mind one bit. I'm disappointed that I have to wait for the next book to be released in paperback (I don't buy hardcover).
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Copperhead by Tina Connolly is the second book in the Ironskin series, set in a Victorian-era world where fey definitely exist, traded with humans for a while and then decided to wage war against them. Copperhead focuses on a different main character than Ironskin: Helen, Jane’s sister. Copperhead has the feel of both a companion novel, since Helen’s perspective is so different from Jane’s, and a sequel, since it tells of the consequences of the fey masks that a hundred women wore at the end of ...more
I received this book for free through GoodReads First Reads. Thank you for giving me the chance to read the book.

I started off at a disadvantage because I had not read the first book, so I was somewhat lost in the beginning. To be honest I didn't start to enjoy the story until Rook made his appearance. Then it felt as if a switch had been flipped, and I was invested in the story.

More thoughts to come...
N.A. Fedorak
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Neither spectacular nor bad, it's basically your usual 'victorian era woman who is smart but silly, has a dramatic/evil husband victoria character, and a mysterious sexy rogue man from the wrong side of the track, plus a bit of social issues/sci fi/fantasy elements.'
Peter Hansen
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, 2017
Took a little bit to go going but once I was into the book it was hard to put down. It is a different point of view from the first book but after getting into the new headspace it was a great story.
Kristin Taggart
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“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
Faith (Geeky Zoo Girl)
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review also published on my blog StudentSpyglass

Plot: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★★
Readability: ★★★★★
Overall: ★★★★

As you may remember, I loved Ironskin, and I listed Copperhead as one of the ten books I was dying to read this autumn. Given how impressed I was by Ironskin, Ms Connolly’s fantastic debut, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Copperhead!

In Ironskin we followed the fey-cursed Jane, who I grew to love for her compassion and her stubborn nature. In Copperhead, we follow Jane’s sister Helen, who w
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it

Mon avis en Français

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I saw the first volume for its release on several blogs and I must say that I was immediately intrigued. Do you see the gorgeous covers used? Even without reading the synopsis, I wanted to throw myself in the novel to discover how it really was. Okay I admit it, I have not read the first book, but I was curious to read this second novel, even though I was a little anxious to get lost in a story of this type. Finally even if I think it should have been i
Aug 21, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the Ironskin series by Connolly. There is an as yet untitled third book planned in this series which is scheduled for a fall 2014 release. This book was okay, I enjoy the world created here but did not enjoy the heroine.

The Fey are slowly taking over the city and a secret society called Copperhead is becoming more and more prominent. Helen (Jane’s sister) is deep in the middle of it all. Helen is one of The Hundred, the group of women who had their normal faces removed
Jessica Strider
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Pros: Helen’s a complex character, interesting plot

Cons: Alastair’s mistreatment of Helen is more told than shown

Helen Huntingdon’s husband is part of Copperhead, an organization that aims to rid the city of the fae - and the dwarvven. Under his direction she replaced her normal face with a fae one, an act that now leaves her in peril of being overtaken by the fae and having her own existence wiped out. She’s not alone, almost 100 other influential women in the city have had the same operation.
There's something fitting in me reviewing this story a day after the Oscars, where Patricia Arquette had some pointed words to say about gender equality. That is, the previous book, Ironskin, took Jane Eyre as something of its template: mysterious man and a governess, a (sort of) hidden (sort of) woman (the mysterious man's fey-touched daughter), and a romance (that felt--sorry, Tina!--a little perfunctory).

But at the center of Copperhead is less a template or reference to a previous book (I th
Today's post is on Copperhead by Tina Connolly. It is the second in her Ironskin trilogy. It is 316 pages long and is published by TOR. The cover has the main character on it with a iron mask in her hand looking at the reader. The intended reader is someone who has read the first book, likes steampunk, fae, and fast plots. Teens and adults would get the most out of this book. There is some mild language, no sex, and little violence. The story is told from the first person perspective of the main ...more
Joshua Burns
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Copperhead complements and even exceeds the boldness of its prequel.    Ironskin (where do these suggestive names come from?) took Jane Eyre as the model for its romance and family elements and then threw over that a thick layer of magic, faerie, and alternate timeline intrigue.    This first time Jane had to come to terms with her stubborn and fairly insular nature.

Now the onus is on her sister Helen, the social butterfly, to prove she has a backbone and can be stubborn
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, chick-lit
Helen thinks she can't do anything right. Of course those realizations are all after the fact. Take, for example, the marriage to her husband Alastair six months ago. At the time it was the best possible thing for her, and she even thought she could grow to really love him. But lately she's discovered he's not who she thought he was.

A lot of that is due to his new involvement with Copperhead, a group of men who want to rid the city of fey and dwarvven. Completely. In IRONSKIN, Helen discovered t
Traxy Thornfield
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Copperhead is the sequel to Ironskin, and like its predecessor, it’s inspired by a Brontë novel. Ironskin was a steampunk-esque take on Charlotte’s Jane Eyre, while Copperhead is inspired by Anne’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. The name “Helen Huntingdon” is a dead giveaway for this, but I didn’t realise that when I first started reading.

After a while, certain elements of the story began to feel rather familiar. For starters, Helen marries a man she’s in love with and she thinks love her (his mil
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I did not expect to like Copperhead when I first started reading it because I was peeved. I had been expecting a continuation of Jane’s story from her perspective. Instead I got Helen and her flighty voice which was not my favourite to start off with but I have to admit that she grew on me. I liked the trajectory of her growth in the novel. She starts off scared and ends up more actualized and assertive. True, she does make some rather questionable decisions before and during the course of this ...more
K. Lincoln
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My biggest gripe with the first book in this series, Ironskin, was that I liked a touch more romance in my Fantastical Bronte-esque fiction.

Not so with the second in this series, Copperhead.

In Ironskin we are introduced to a society where the fey and humans have had a big war and now the fey seemed to all but have disappeared back into the forest from whence they came. Except for the startling beautiful faces of the Hundred Society women Rochart made out of fey-infused clay in the first book, Ir
Nicole Wang
I loved reading Ironskin last year, so I was pretty excited to start in on Copperhead. But, while it was a pretty good read, I just didn't feel it and it fell flat.
The concept of Copperhead, while fascinating, was disappointing, although I can't pinpoint the exact reason why. I'm not exactly the biggest fan of steampunk and, with more tech than Ironskin, it's possible that that's the reason. But it could also be that there were so many little things that just made me feel...awkward.

While Helen
Chelsey Wolford
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Copperhead looks at Helen’s point of view, Jane’s sister, as bits of fey are being found all over town and the threat of fey activity is present once again. The action and adventure start as quickly as the story does. We are once again thrown into this eerie world where the need to protect yourself is at an all-time high. Before you can blink your eyes, you will have already have reached the rising action, Jane will be missing, and Helen will go on the chase of her life looking to save her siste ...more
Pure Textuality
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reviewed 10/6/2014 on Pure Textuality:

I received a request from one of my favorite publishers, Tor, to review the third book in this series, Silverblind. Not having read the series prior, I initially declined the review but offered up a spotlight post instead for release day. The publisher generously offered to send me review copies of the first two books, and instead, I went out and bought the audio books on Audible.

As a quick note regarding the audio books, they are good. The narrator, Rosalyn
Heather Wood
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was fantastic to return to the world Connolly had created in Ironskin. I really found the setting enchanting and I liked the unique spin on fey lore. Copperhead also cleared up some confusion I had about the fey and the Great War that had occurred between the fairies and the human population.

I was glad to see the story continued, especially after the ambiguous ending of the last novel. I had liked Jane’s sister Helen in the first book and I was happy to see her character come to the forefront
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read the first book Ironskin and I just loved the cover. I like this cover too, but I admit not as much. Now to what is inside that cover. :)

If you didn't already know, this is a retelling of Jane Eyre. The characters names are the same, but the relationships are very different. And although we get some of the same personalities, they are also quite different. In this one we follow Helen who we did not get to know much past childhood in the original book. In this series, Helen is selfish, beau
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 20, 2015 06:17PM  
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