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The Glass Spare Hardcover – Deckle Edge, 20 November 2017
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"Readers will be eager to reenter this world of scheming kings and banished heirs, where nothing is quite as it seems."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
"A captivating and well-written fantasy adventure."--Booklist
"Richly imagined...[and] engrossing...A unique, adventurous fantasy."--School Library Journal
"DeStefano has penned a book of exquisite parts--a spiked exterior of brutal magic and a deep core of tender human relationships--that ultimately coalesce into a sharp, scintillating whole. The Glass Spare will leave you wonderstruck."--Traci Chee, New York Times bestselling author of The Reader
"Brilliantly crafted, this fantasy will make you believe in magic. Only someone with a heart of stone will be able to turn away from Wil's story."--Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of Across the Universe and A World Without You
"If there was a company that offered dangerous vacations inside of books, I would want to go into this one, and travel the skies and seas with its vexing, honorable liars. Wil's journey dazzles, and DeStefano's writing entrances. This book is luminous and spiky, like a pocketful of jewels."--Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone
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Wilhelmina Heidle, the fourth child and 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 by her power--but as she tests its limits, she's drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, though, 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 Wil's 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?--Traci Chee, New York Times bestselling author of The Reader
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I wanted more of Gertie and his alchemy, there were some interesting things developing that just got put to the side because Wil was banished from the kingdom. I think there could have been a split POV where we get inside of his mind a little bit and his feelings that Wil was still alive more than the other brother (I forget his name) seeing what he thinks are ghosts. It just fell very short for me
Whilst on an errand with her brother, Wil realizes she has a special power unbeknownst to her: Her touch turns anything organic into gemstone, and strong emotions seem to set it off. Not wanting the king their father to learn of her power and turn her into a weapon, Wil and her brothers swear to keep it a secret.
But once Wil kills someone dear to the King, she is banished from her home, the kingdom. Now Wil’s main goal is to find the marveler Pahn in the Southern Isles and see if he can help break her curse. As she finds her way, she is taken hostage and becomes embroiled in a plot to murder the Southern Isles’ royal family. More chaos ensues, there is an attempt at romance, and then it just leaves us hanging.
I normally love Lauren DeStefano, but I did not love this book. It felt slow and sluggish. I didn’t care for the characters, and I don’t even plan to read the second book. When I keep looking at how much of the book I have left to read and feel joy as it nears its end, I know that’s not a good sign. It just never get off the ground for me.
If you’ve read any of this author’s previous books then you already know that you should prepare to have your heart torn out and stomped on a little. The love and heartbreak kind of jumps off the page at you at times. Saying that though I am really glad that I picked this book up and read it. It’s unique and a world I can’t wait to go back to.
You have a plethora of courtly politics and then you throw in things like curses and mysterious illnesses. This equals one jewel of a book.
This fantasy world makes you care right away. The sibling relationships especially are pretty well done. Then there are the romantic relationships including a rather unique take on the love triangle. The use of multiple points of view really helps too though I wish there had been more of her brother’s point of view.
Overall, a book well worth checking out.
I really liked her relationship with her brothers, as well as the constant clash with Baren.
The writing was repetitive at times, with the exact same phrase and wording being used within pages of each other, giving a distinct feeling of "did I just reread the same thing?" , but for me it didn't take away from the enjoyment of the story.
I would definitely recommend this series to any fan of YA fantasy
I'm so excited to have a new book that I fell in love with and I'm excited for the second book coming out soon!
Wil is a glass spare. What is that? Read the book =) Actually, you can just read the summary of the book! Wil has two wonderful brothers, Owen and Gerdie and one evil one named Baren. He has some reasons to be evil but that's neither here nor there.
I loved Wil, Owen and Gerdie. I think I loved Gerdie the most of all. He's always trying to come up with inventions. He's pretty good too, but there are explosions from time to time =)
One day something horrible happens and Wil is told to leave by her father or she will be killed. Wil didn't mean for that horrible thing to happen. And with a broken heart she leaves the North for the South. Here she runs into some new characters I fell in love with as well. Loom and Zay.
At first Wil is searching for a man that can possibly help her with her curse. But when she runs into Loom and Zay she finds things bigger than her problem to help with.
Like I said, I greatly enjoyed this book and I look forward to where the author will go with this series.