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The Glasswrights' Apprentice, by Mindy L. Klasky Book Review | SFReader.com
The Glasswrights' Apprentice, by Mindy L. Klasky Genre: Faith Based Science Fiction Publisher: Roc Published: 2000 Review Posted: 7/6/2013 Reviewer Rating:
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The Glasswrights' Apprentice, by Mindy L. Klasky
Book Review by Joshua Palmatier
Have you read this book?
I've just finished The Glasswrights' Apprentice by Mindy Klasky
and I have to say that I thought it was good. It's getting harder and
harder to find fantasy books out there that aren't urban or paranormal.
This one of those grand old medieval setting fantasy novels, although
it's set in another land, not on earth in our own past.
The main idea is that Rani's family has gathered up enough money to send
her to the Glasswrights' Guild, thus setting her a level higher in the
caste system of this world. In essence, her station is now above her
own merchant family. However, when she inadvertently stumbles upon an
assassination attempt on the prince and tries to warn him, her entire
world--not to mention the guild she has so recently become a part
of--tumbles down around her.
All of this happens in the first few chapters of the book. The rest of
the book is how Rani manages to survive when her guild has been
destroyed and any connection to the Glasswrights warrants a death
sentence. She remains focused on her own survival, but somehow at every
step she seems to get drawn farther and farther into the political
intrigues that she stumbled into to begin with.
I had some minor issues with the novel overall--some of which were
annoyances that were explained in satisfactory detail as the book
progressed. The writing was good, although you can tell that this was a
debut novel. The emotions of Rani at times weren't quite solid enough
or weren't explored enough, but I suspect based on how the book ended
that this will get better as the series progresses.
One thing that should be noted about this book is that even though it
has a fantasy setting, it does not have any magic, at least not in this
first book. This is a medieval fantasy with lots of political intrigue .
. . and that's it. It reminds me of Katherine Kurtz in some respects,
although her books were much more detailed regarding the world, and of
course she did have magic interwoven into the world.
But even without
magic, The Glasswrights' Apprentice was an interesting read and I intend to move on to the sequel, The Glasswrights' Progress as my next read. I'm interested in seeing where Mindy Klasky takes us next.
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