Monday, January 9, 2012

review: The Glass Swallow by Julia Golding

pub date: October 28, 2011
publisher: Marshall Cavendish Children's Books
pages: 320
source: library
appeals: fantasy, romance, adventure
content: none

This is a companion novel to Dragonfly. I LOVED Dragonfly. It was so adventurous and romantic. It was just great. This book was okay. It takes place fifteen (or so) years after Dragonfly, about different characters who are not royalty, but common folk.

It took a while for it to really start. The two protagonists didn't meet for a while, and then they did meet, but only for a few pages, before they went off and had seperate adventures, before meeting up again. It was a fun adventure, but I wanted the to protagonists to spend more time together and to see more of their relationship developing.

Like Dragonfly, Golding created another interesting and unique kingdom. She is amazing at world building, at creating such unique and interesting cultures and customs.

A good book, but it fell short of expectations. summary:

She designs exquisite stained glass for the windows of her city. But the law is clear — it is forbidden for girls to be part of the glassmaker's guild. To keep her secret hidden, she leaves home and travels to the strange new country of Magharna.


When he witnesses Rain's capture by a gang of bandits, both his fate and his heart becomes tied to hers. They escape the outlaws, but Peri and his family of falconers are untouchables who are scorned by all, and Rain is not allowed to be part of their lives.

Can Rain and Peri's love survive the prejudices against them? And with the city on the brink of disaster will they be able to stop their world from smashing apart?

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