The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano
Published: October 24, 2016 by Balzer + Bray
Series: The Glass Spare #1
Rating: ★★★1/2 (3.5 stars)
A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.
Wil Heidle, the 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, 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 her 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?
The Glass Spare was an enchanting story that I found absolutely addicting. I received this book in an OwlCrate last year, and it is probably one of the favorite books I have received from the box over the years.
I loved the world-building, although some of the different countries that were traveled to weren’t fleshed out very much, I always had an idea of the what the scenery was like. The blend of fantasy with technology and alchemy with science made for an interesting dichotomy.
I thought Wil was a strong female character who made decisions befitting her age and seemed to learn from her mistakes. Loom (the male lead) was an interesting side character, although I hope to learn more about his backstory and personality which seemed a little shallow. This may also be because he didn’t show up until a third of the way through the book. One of the issues I had with this story was Wil’s age. I kind of wish she was older because it was a little disorienting that this 15 year old girl was lusting after a married man whose wife had a child. This being said, 15 year old me probably would have found this kind of love story super romantic.
Overall, I thought this book was very strong until the last 100 pages, which is when so many overly-convenient things start to happen to further the plot. The reasons behind a few of the character’s positions and were very hazy and didn’t make sense if you thought about them even a little bit. This really detracted from the book for me (if you’ve read my last few YA reviews, you know overly-convenient plot points have been getting on my nerves), which I was ready to rate higher up to this point.
I will definitely be reading the conclusion to this duology when it comes out later this year to see where Wil and Loom end up!
Have you read this book? What did you think about it?