Ironskin by Tina Connolly
Fantastically well-done. Weaves together magic, fairies, Great War trauma, romance, sisterly rivalry, and the treatment of special-needs children into one cracking good story.
So very happy to discover there are sequels.
Three things I learned about writing:
- Dribble out your backstory. At the start, offer just enough to explain the choices that brought the character to that point. Introduce the rest later, as needed for the story.
- You can get away with a romance between two characters that have little in common if you make their raw attraction clear and compelling.
- Sometimes the greatest climaxes (or turns in the story) happen when the protagonist realizes something about themselves that they didn't know before.