Friday, June 26, 2015

The Glass Swallow by Julia Golding

Hello Readers! This is a guest post written by my friend Kion Vi-legas. I hope you enjoy!

The Glass Swallow
Author: Julia Golding
Lexile: 760
Length: 304 Pages
Genre: Fantasy Fiction
Awards: None
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Rain has lived with her father, Torrent, all her life. Rain loves to design stained glass windows, and her skill at doing so has brought her family good fortune. However, nobody knows that she is the one making the designs. This is because females are strictly forbidden to participate in the glassmaking industry. When ambassadors from a foreign land come to the city looking for glass makers, they are directed to her father's forge. Rain decides to accompany the ambassadors under cover as being her cousin's fiancee. Something goes terribly wrong on the expedition, and Rain finds herself without allies in an alien world. She is captured by bandits, then freed. However through a difference in culture, her savior abandons her at the city gates, telling her to take a bath. She tries to survive in a hostile city, even as the city destroys itself. As events escalate, Rain must do what she thinks is right, even if those she cares about disagree, to save the land she has come to love. Also, falconry. 
Pretentious intro aside, this book was very entertaining. The characters are interesting. The world is well built and believable. It’s a quick read, only 304 pages, but worth it. I would recommend it to anybody who wants to read fantasy without much real combat, instead filled with politics and such. The Glass Swallow is a unique take on fantasy, an easy and enjoyable read. It’s a great book, read it.
So go to your local library, find this book, check it out and read it, you will not regret it. P.S. I am a very picky person so this is a very positive review for me.

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