Wil is used to being forgotten and overlooked, she is used to proving herself for every single scrap of attention from her father - she is even used to being deadly, but not from a single touch of her hand. When she is cornered in a fight Wil discovers that she can turn living things into glittering gems with a single touch, and she is horrified when she takes a mans life. Desperate to keep her secret, Wil takes risks, and when she takes another life she enters a banishment that takes her far from home and the people she loves. Her one hope is to find someone who can remove the curse, but nothing seems to be going to plan for Wil, and she soon finds herself far from home and caught up in a most unexpected situation. Wil is used to proving herself, and working hard to prove her worth to her father, and she is slowly coming to realise that there is more to the world than she ever knew.
The glass spare is the first book in a duology, and while I was a bit disappointed because I had picked it up thinking it was a standalone, I am now quite looking forward to the sequel as the story slowly built towards a series of revelations that deserved to be explored over two books. I can probably guess what some of the story will be in the sequel, I really enjoyed the journey as DeStefano has written the character of Wil with just the right dose of humanity and magic to make her relateable and fantastical. I have seen some negative reviews about The glass spare, mainly that it was cliché and a romance novel hidden as fantasy - but both of these descriptions are both overly simplistic and basically unfair.
DeStefano has taken an old story, King Midas and his golden touch, and spun it into a new tale that was well crafted and a brilliant escape from the real world. You should definitely read this story for yourself and make up your own mind - don't let the critics put you off because you'll be the one that misses out! Now comes the wait for the sequel, hopefully it won't be too far away.
If you like this book then try:
- Throne of glass by Sarah J. Maas
- A court of thorns and roses by Sarah J. Maas
- Ever the hunted by Erin Summerill
- Ink and bone by Rachel Caine
- The kiss of deception by Mary E. Pearson
- Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody
- The girl of fire and thorns by Rae Carson
- Walk on Earth a stranger by Rae Carson
- Bound by blood and sand by Becky Allen
- Crown duel by Sherwood Smith
- The halfmen of O by Maurice Gee
- Winter of fire by Sherryl Jordan
- Dealing with dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
- Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst
- Court of fives by Kate Elliott
Reviewed by Brilla