Title: The Glass Spare
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Series: The Glass Spare #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication date: October 24th, 2017
Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.
Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.
But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.
With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?
“Her beating her longed for the sea that reached for her like fingers. It whispered promises to her as she slept. And one day she would succumb. The world wouls swallow her like a kite fluttering up into the sky.”
THIS BOOK WAS FREAKING FANTASTIC. It was one of my most anticipated releases of this year, and I can’t thank the publisher enough for giving me an ARC of this book because I loved it and it was such a solid start of a series. I’ve only read another series by Lauren DeStefano and I really enjoyed the writing, so when I saw that she was coming out with another book I needed it in my life. And turns out I did really like it, even more than I thought.
To be completely honest, I had no idea what the book was about before I read it. I’m the type of person who reads synopsis and forgets them five minutes later, which has come handy to me, especially with this one because the synopsis kind of spoils some of the revelations that came later reading the book, so I would recommend going into this one knowing the least you can. But just read it if you like fantasy, because it was really good.
“This was the way it had always been between them. The world tried to destroy them, but they kept each other alive.”
One of the things that surprised me the most was the characters. I adored how poweful our main character was. She was honestly the type of protagonist I love reading about, and due to the unique concept of the story it was quite easy to connect with her. Throughout the story you could see her development and how she dealt with grief while still trying to protect herself and not taking shit from anyone, and that’s something I adore seeing in a protagonist, because despite Mal believing she was cursed and selfish, she was quite the opposite to me, but still she portrayed and image of strength to the reader.
And not only her but the book also had incredible side characters. I ADORED them. And yes, it had a bit of romance too, but it wasn’t insta love-ish (thank god!) or anything, so I didn’t have any problem with that. Plus I liked Loom, so I totally shipped them together!
There were some parts that were a bit slow in action and I felt like nothing was really happening, because of that slow pacing, and I would say once you reach half of the story, it started to get more and more interesting and things started to get better.
“The world speaks, and some of us can hear it. The shifting land, the turning sea, they way the wind makes everything shake and flutter as though it’s dancing full of secrets.”
The writing was one of the first things I notices when I started reading the story. I said before in this review how much I loved Lauren’s writing in her other series, but it still struck me how beautiful it was. It was ethereal, and you know that I’m not very picky when it comes to writing styles, but guys, when you come across beautifully written books you notice. And I did. It fit perfectly the eeriness of the story.
The world building was a bit vage in descriptions, but since it was the first book in a series I preffered it to be that way, because me being me I tend to get very confused with high fantasy worlds, and I hope she expands it a bit more in the sequels. However, I have to say that I didn’t have any problems getting into the story and the characters. It took me almost anything to remember everything (names, places…) but I do hope that they include a map in the finished copies (because who doesn’t love books with maps!?)
So yeah, it was an amazing start of a series that took me completely by surprise and I cannot wait to read the next installment, because even though the story didn’t end in a cliff hanger, there were some revelations made in the end and I need to keep reading it!
I recieved an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t change my opinion whatsoever. All thoughts are my own.
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