Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Glasswrights' Apprentice (Book 1 of 5)

By Mindy L. Klasky

Mind your caste...

Rani Trader was born a merchant, but now she is an apprentice in the prestigious Glasswrights' Guild. When Rani witnesses the murder of the Crown Prince, she's accused of being the killer.

On the run and labeled a traitor, Rani must travel the city streets, masquerading through her kingdom's strict castes as she attempts to discover the actual assassin. Along the way, Rani meets true friends and false leaders. She discovers a secret brotherhood, and she must determine who is her greatest ally... and who is her most bitter enemy.

"Mind your caste," Rani is told. But what good will that do, if her caste gets her killed before she can expose the Prince's actual murderer?

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The Glasswrights' Apprentice (Book 1 of 5) by Mindy L. Klasky
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Heroine, Coming-of-age
| ISBN-10: 1617563048
| ISBN-13: 9781617563041
| Publisher: E-Reads (January 4th 2011)
| Paperback: 328 pages
| Original cover art by Jerry Vanderstelt
| Source: Personal copy
| Read an Excerpt
| Rating: 3/5 Stars
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The Glasswrights' Apprentice (Volume One in the Glasswrights Series)

♥ Mini Review ♥
13-year-old Rani Trader is one of the fortunate few whose parents are able to buy her way into Glasswright's Guild. From a young age she has loved patterns, finding that she had a talent even for arraigning her merchant family's wares in a way that attracted more customers to her parents shop. But always she dreamed of stained glass patterns, patterns in a myriad of colors that transformed light into to beautiful works of art.

Then suddenly, just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Rani's dreams come crashing down around her head, shattering like the glass she so wants to design and create.

Fantasy Series Book Review by Mulluane

You won't find any magic or sorcery or romance here (yet) but what you will find is a complex world with a strict caste system and a religion consisting of 1000 gods. The world building isn't as intimidating as it sounds (1000 gods!) Its an incredible example of a tightly woven story of intrigue, betrayal, opposing factions, murder and mayhem. And caught in the middle is a bewildered young teen. To say this is a page turner is an understatement. The complex caste and religious systems here are handled with skill, the learning curve isn't harsh at all. But trust me, you'll be so caught up in all thats happening to poor Rani you won't even notice the complexity.

In addition to the world class world building (pun intended *smile*) the character development is done with incredible skill. The range of characters is diverse and well portrayed; each person serving to explain the various castes and customs.

There were a few quirks I didn't like. The speech of the Touched (those with no caste) was irritating. It messes up my immersion when I have to stop and work out what someone is saying. Some of the vocabulary was over the top considering the target audience, I'm well read and I had to double check the meaning of unfamiliar words.

The ending was self contained but not so much so that I don't look forward to seeing what kind of insanity the author throws at this poor girl in her next book. Even though it does contain a lot of violence that is moderately graphic, I would recommend this book for all ages from young adult to older readers.

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Series Summary ~ Book Two ~ Book Three ~ Book Four ~ Book Five

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Epic Fantasy Book Review of The Glasswrights' Apprentice (Book 1 of 5) by Mindy L. Klasky - Reviewed by Mulluane - on June 14 2008 - Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Mulluane is a 56-year-old proud grandmother of 4, who is passionate about her pets, blogging, traditional fantasy, and tinkering with webdesign. She is obssesively photo shy but she uses an avatar that accurately represents her dreams. ♥ You can also find her on:

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