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Monday, 29 January 2018
Review: The Glass Spare
The Glass Spare
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Source: Copy courtesy of the publisher!
A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.
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?
The opening was intriguing and the world was interesting right from the start. Yes there are a couple of predictable moments and the odd cliche or two but I ended up getting thoroughly drawn in to the world of the book and the story!
I immediately loved our MC Wil. She was daring and brave, and I loved her relationships with Owen and Gerdie, my heart actually broke for her more than once when I was reading. Her power is so fun in the sense that it's original and not something I've personally come across before. Gerdie....I really loved him and felt for him a lot. He's kind of a genius and reminds me a bit of a mad scientist at times! I'm hoping to get to see more of him in the next book and more of he and Wil working together and being the epic team that they are! Owen was a nice addition as well, and I loved how he treated Wil and looked out for her. Baren unfortunately....it was hate at first read.
Loom was intriguing right at the start but for the most part, he really started to infuriate me. While I understand his motivation, he has the cheek to say Wil isn't his prisoner and she's just here to help him when he never actually asked her for her help, kidnapped her and prevented her from leaving multiple times...and he let Zay hit her with a dagger. Like dude....really?! I mean, I love romance but I did have a bit of a struggle to ship them when I mostly wanted to hit Loom.
It doesn't take long for the book to dive in to the plot, there's a nice pace to it and things move along quickly. Ominous little switches in POVs back to Gerdie and what's happening at the palace provide some intrigue and then when they stop you get radio silence, so you hear what's allegedly happened but you have no idea what Wil's about to walk in to! There's plenty of action and a nice amount of world building, and it ends with a nice amount of intrigue leaving you with plenty of questions and excitement for the next book!