Release Day Review Silverblind (Ironskin #3) by Tina Connolly ~ Review by Fallon
5 Out of 5 Stars
The final book in this series will jump forward 18 years and feature Dorie, Jane's young charge from Ironskin.
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?
Silverblind is my my absolute favorite in the Ironskin series. This book can be read as a standalone. I knew there would be fairies of course but there were dragons too. I loved every minute of this book. Dorie is a strong willed feisty girl living a a male dominant world. Dorie finds it frustrating that just because she is female she can not find a job doing the research she loves. She soon takes matters into her own hands. Using her fey side she disguises herself as a man and uses the name Dorian.
Dorie finds herself on an adventure and soon with an unexpected loving Wyvern at her side. The side characters were equally strong and amazing. Jake is her best friend and a strong willed struggling artist. Jake is the only person Dorie has trusted her secret of being half fey with. I also enjoyed Annika's strong female character as well. Dorie and Tam's relationship was the star of this book though and uncovering what happened between him and Dorie when they were 15.
Silverblind is a unique historical fantasy that will have you gripping each page till there are no more. The characters are all so strong and embodied everything they needed to make this a great story. I absolutely fell in love with the concept of wyverns and how just because the fairies had been gone did not mean that people had accepted that. They were taking the necessary steps to defend themselves, Yet Dorie being half human and half fey wants to bring balance and make up for things done in the past.
Dorie soon finds her calling even if it is not for the money she desperately needs. Sometimes fixing the wrong is worth the risk. If you love fantasy and a strong female characters then you will love this book. I am giving this book 5 out of 5 stars. This is a must read.