The first in a new fantasy duology, The Glass Spare is a gorgeously told tale of love, loss, and deadly power from Lauren DeStefano, the bestselling author of the Chemical Garden series. Perfect for fans of Shannon Hale and Renee Ahdieh.
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—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?
Oh, wow, this book was so fantastic! This is Lauren DeStefano's 3rd YA series, and yeah, it's the first in this duology, and yeah, it was just so fantastic! I loved reading about Wil with her ability/curse. I mean, touching something living with your heart racing makes them to into jewels. That's different!
The first thing that I really enjoyed, was that we were mostly in Wil's head, but there were also a few (short) chapters in other character's POV, like her brother Gerdie, who was one of my favourite characters! It meant we really got to know Wil, but also see more of this world!
This world was also interesting. It was almost as if Kings and Queens hadn't lost their absolute power, because they were ruling, but there were electricity, and devices we don't have, but also some old-school alchemy. So that was a pretty composition of this world!
A lot happened in this book, and some of it was bone-crushingly brutal. It was hard to read those spots, because it was hard to watch Wil and others suffer, because she was a defender/rescuer type. But it made that ending pack a big punch! Can't wait to read how it's going to end!
This book was so fantastic to read, and just plain fantastic, and I can't wait for the sequel!
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Series: The Glass Spare #1
Read: August 30th, 2017
Reason Why: Love her writing, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Expected Publication: October 24th 2017