The Shadowglass

The Shadowglass

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Tea's life, and the fate of the kingdoms, hang in the balance as the Dark grows in her day by day.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois :, Sourcebooks Fire,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ♭2019
ISBN: 9781492693321
Characteristics: xvi, 456 pages :,map ;,21 cm.
Alternative Title: Shadow glass

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PimaLib_ChristineR Jan 12, 2021

I kept wanting to love The Bone Witch trilogy, and there was always a spark that kept me going, but I can't say that any of them hit the mark. The Shadowglass is still better than the previous entries, and certainly gets a lot right. Likh's transition and relationship with Khalad is handled beautifully, and fits in with the story so smoothly that it's clear this wasn't an afterthought. In fact, Chupeco kills it on the relationship front all around. Tea and Kalen's relationship had me laughing and crying--just, beautiful. And the plot was interesting and made sense, but then...

The rest is a bit of a mess. I found it nearly impossible to hear individual voices, and the fact that the alternating view points are in standard and then italic, tells me that the editor was worried about this very thing. I continued to have trouble with setting. The Yadoshans seemed funny and cool, the characteristics of the inhabitants was there, but I couldn't tell you what their country was like or how it was different from anywhere else. I couldn't SEE where we were, and for a story that moves around so much, it's an important point. The whole series, and this entry, would have benefitted from scrapping the dual time line and maintaining a single point of view. In fact, in the end, there is no real reason for the split time line and it actually made some reveals more like "half reveals" as we found out things later and then went back and had to read about the event itself.

Unlike other trilogies where I've felt my time was wasted at the end of the day, I do look forward to reading more Chupeco, where location is less important and she hasn't tied herself to a failing literary device.

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