Title: The Glass Spare
Author: Lauren Destefano
My Rating: 1.5/5 stars
Princess of the Northern Isles Wil suddenly finds that she’s developed the ability (or as she may call it, curse) to turn people and even things into gemstone just by touching them. Sadly, this unwanted, newfound skill causes her to be driven out of her kingdom by her father, who tells her family that she died.
This story follows Wil on her journey to discover the origins of her powers and to hopefully get rid of the curse.
The Glass Spare was a sort of retelling or spin on the classic King Midas story, the gold being replaced with the gemstone. To be perfectly honest, this is a very flimsy concept, and the result of this idea was just as lame.
Sadly, I don’t have much to say about this story. Full disclosure, I skimmed the entire last half of the book to at least see if the ending was worth sticking around for the rest of the series. It wasn’t really.
Destefano took half an idea, slapped on a strange, difficult to picture world that was half-medieval with aspects of technology, and never fully delivered on the rest of the story. It was a painful read to say the least; an absolute total mess.
I’ve read a few of this author’s other works and found that it suffered from the same lack of follow-through. I hoped that this would be an improvement on her earlier publications but ended up disappointed. Don’t waste your time.