Title: The Glasswright’s Progress (Glasswright #2)
Author: Mindy L. Klasky
Warning: This review will probably contain spoilers of the previous book in the series, The Glasswright’s Apprentice. I recommend not reading this review unless you’ve read the previous book.
Two years have passed since the Glasswrights’ Guild was shattered. Now, living in the palace of Morenia’s new king, Rani is determined to rebuild it. But a betrayal from within snares Rani in a deadly plot to conquer Morenia. The bloodthirsty King Sin Hazar has an army like none other – utterly dedicated, completely obedient…and entirely comprised of children…
After reading the awesomeness that was The Glasswright’s Apprentice, I raced to the library and snatched up this book.
But unfortunately, the sequel didn’t live up to its predecessor.
Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book. But just liked. Didn’t love, didn’t think it was awesome. It was a good book, but it didn’t blow me away like The Glasswright’s Apprentice did.
My main problem was with Rani. She just seemed…passive in this book. She said she wanted to rebuild the Glasswrights’ Guild, but it’s been two years since book one and she hasn’t done anything. As far as the book says, she didn’t even think about escaping the army camp – not until Mair discovered King Sin Hazar’s plans. I’m not sure what her overall goal was in the book. To get home, maybe?
Another problem was with the storylines. In the beginning, the book alternates chapters with Rani and a woman named Shea. And I enjoyed both storylines equally. But when the two storylines meet, Shea just drops off the map, and Crestman, a secondary character from Shea’s storyline, takes center stage. I can see why Mindy Klasky added Shea’s storyline, but I wish she’d either made it Crestman’s storyline or given Shea a bigger part in the second half of the book.
One thing I do love about Mindy Klasky’s writing, though, is her brilliance with settings. I mentioned in my review of The Glasswright’s Apprentice how the amazing setting had a lot to do with why I loved the book so much. And I think the amazing setting had a lot to do with making this book good. The setting for the majority of the book was the country of Amanthea, which has its own geography, customs, and intricate caste system. Especially in the middle, the setting was the best part.
This was a good book. Not epic but not terrible, better than “meh” but not really great. Just…well, good. I’m not sure if I want to read The Glasswright’s Journeyman or not.