DIANA’S MARCH REVIEW ~ THE GLASS KNIGHT by JULIA COLBOURN
The stage is set for The Glass Knight at a time a few decades after a world apocalypse. The small surviving communities struggle to maintain a civilised world. Andelantos, for example, forbids guns and any forms of communication from the old world, trying to learn from past mistakes.
Saffy excels in everything from science to sport. It was while she attempted a serious climbing expedition with a friend Varney, not her equal in any way, that they are captured by two fugitives, James and Raife and taken hostage. They are dragged, or at least Saffy is, to a refuge where a religious sect called the Joules live. On the way Raife and Varney fall in love and Saffy and James begin a psychological battle against a mutual attraction of equals.
The Glass Knight had me hooked form the start even though Sci Fi is not a genre I usually choose.
Would the legend of the Glass Knight come true?
Would Saffy overcome the blot on her life, the lack of bonding with her father?
How could Saffy and the equally strong willed Malvern (his real name) resolve their differences and cope with the unwanted magnetic attraction they both feel?
The twists and turns in the plot were ingenious. The characterisation was beautifully crafted and the scene set in full technicolour, including vampire like creatures and other ‘out of this world’ predators.
A great book, highly recommended! Brilliant cover too.
I met Julia on holiday ~ wonderful to share a common interest and even better to read one of her books.
DIANA’S JANUARY BOOK REVIEW
The Seal Mother by Rose English
A selkie (half seal / half girl) was tricked to become a fisherman’s wife and although she loved her children, life and husband ~ to a point ~ she still pined for her life back in the sea, where she truly belonged.
Author Rose English tells the Seal Mother so eloquently in beautifully lyrical verse, a rhythm which speaks of the sea.
This is a magical tale, delightfully illustrated throughout. A book to treasure!