The Glass Spare (The Glass Spare #1)

Started: October 29, 2017
Finished: October 29, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

Death itself is no match for you. The day you were born, it shrank away in fear.

Wil is the fourth child of the royal family and has grown up nearly invisible. Few outside the castle know what she looks like – which means she can sneak in and out to collect objects from the black market for her brother’s experiments without anyone realizing they’re trading with a princess. One night, however, something goes horribly wrong as a vendor tries to kill her – and Wil, in turn, turns him to ruby with a simple touch. When she, by accident, turns this power on someone she loves, she is forced to flee the kingdom – and try to figure out a reason for her curse. And a cure.

The world building in this book is amazing! Wil’s kingdom is steampunk/medieval/modern and – no lie – I want to live there. I also enjoy the characters immensely. Wil in particular; she’s a true tomboy princess with a lot of attitude and spunk, who’s also trying to deal with the fact that she might be cursed and cannot touch anything living without turning them or it to gemstones. Loom, a character she meets while on the run, is also really interesting, with an intriguing backstory and family of his own.

What I did not like as much was the romance between those two characters. At times, it felt a bit forced – and I actually wouldn’t have minded leaving the romance part be. The story would have worked perfectly well with them as friends – or as people who fall in love in future novels of this series. But other than that this was an entertaining story and I’m looking forward to the sequel.

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