Title The Glass Spare
Author Lauren DeStefano
Description from Amazon
I thought this story sounded cool. It reminded me of the story of King Midas with a twist and I hadn’t read anything else like it. I was also intrigued by the idea of a two book series. I find that often times, one book isn’t quite enough to tell the whole story.
This cover is really pretty. The black background is bold and I like the imagery of the castle coming out of a gemstone. To me, it’s as if Wil is literally transforming the world around her.
Loom – once again, I find my self gravitating toward a character who is not the main character. I felt that his character was more complete and much more mature. Wil had a tendency to be quite childish where I think Loom was not. He was ready to take on his role (no spoilers 😉).
In this story, I think I would have preferred first person narration. I didn’t like the third person omniscient voice. It made the scene changes feel disjointed.
Something I Liked
The reference to Midas. I really liked this spin on a classic mythological story. Wil’s power is very interesting and I’m eager to see how she uses it to help her country in the next installment, The Cursed Sea.
Something I Wasn’t Crazy About
Wil’s family. All of them were incredibly fragmented. I didn’t think they fit together at all. They all just seemed random. The only brother I liked wasn’t even featured for most of the story (again, no spoilers).
I liked this story well enough to want to read the next book (but, I didn’t finish it yet and I started in February). The story was engaging but it lacked depth. It had a lot of potential but I definitely wouldn’t re-read it.
Recommendations for Further Reading
- The Cursed Sea by Lauren DeStefano – this is a direct sequel to The Glass Spare. For the sake of completion, I feel compelled to recommend this one.
- The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist – similar character arcs with runaway royals, overthrowing regimes, and romance. Also, both stories feature main characters named Wilhelmina.
- Frostblood by Elly Blake – this is another story of magic, secret royals, and journeys. If you liked The Glass Spare, check out Frostblood.