THE GLASS MAKER’S DAUGHTER by V.  Briceland

THE GLASS MAKER’S DAUGHTER

Age Range: 10 - 14
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KIRKUS REVIEW

There are some imaginative moments and one very good idea in this muddled fantasy, but also a lot of clunky dialogue, clichéd expressions and dei ex machinae. Risa looks forward to being chosen to study her family’s trade, glassmaking, when the two moons above Cassaforte align, and she’s heartbroken and confused when neither of the gods chooses her. Her city, with its shining buildings and glimmering canals, is soon in greater trouble, though, as Risa’s noble parents are held captive and a usurping prince demands the crown. Risa and the brother-and-sister team of Camilla and Milo, her guards, are given much trouble as they try to untangle the web of intrigue and fit it into the magic that makes Cassaforte safe and secure. Risa’s place in that web resolves itself finally in a rescued beggar who turns out to be not such a mysterious figure after all. Obvious connections to the culture of medieval Venice, from glass to silk to music to gondolas, provide color but not depth. (Fantasy. 10-14)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7387-1424-0
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Flux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2009