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The Glasswrights' Progress is the 2nd book in the "Glasswrights' Guild" series by Mindy L. Klasky. Klasky is also the author of the Jane Madison "Witchcraft" series, and several other romance and fantasy novels.
It's been 2 years since former glasswrights' apprentice Rani Trader has moved into the royal palace in the kingdom of Morenia. Feeling happy and secure for the first time in a long time, 15-year-old Rani has plans to rebuild the glasswrights' guild that had dissipated after the previous heir to the throne was assassinated by a secret brotherhood. However, Rani's dreams are swiftly put on hold when she is kidnapped by King Hal's younger brother Bashi, and taken to another land under the reign of the very sick, twisted, and demented King Sin-Hazar.
After living as a prisoner under King Sin-Hazar's watch, Rani realizes that he is training a large army to overthrow Morenia - and that the entire army is comprised of very young children. Rani then decides to devise her own plot to convince the army of children that there is hope yet - and that they should not have to risk their lives to please an utterly evil and unforgiving king.
Just as I had hoped, The Glasswrights' Progress is a far cry from its predecessor - The Glasswrights' Apprentice - in that the story is more intense, more mature, and significantly more horrifying.
As the first book in the series is told completely from Rani's point of view, The Glasswrights' Progress is told from 4 different characters' point of views; including Rani, King Hal, King Sin-Hazar, and Shea, an older woman who has raised and watched over some of the army children. This new outlook adds a spin to the series, and we are given a glimpse of the inner workings of some new, major characters.
The beginning of The Glasswrights' Progress is a little slow, but soon becomes fast-paced and full of action after violence is bestowed on some of the young children - and also after Rani receives her first kiss.
Another major plus about this novel is that the language of the "Touched" is nearly non-existent, which makes for a headache-free reading experience. The hard-to-read broken speech patterns of the Touched characters was a major gripe of mine about the first novel. Mair - the female Touched character who accompanies Rani in this novel - has actually mastered her language skills to reflect her high position in the kingdom, so the Touched language is no longer prevalent.
The main reason I really love The Glasswrights' Progress is because Klasky writes this second novel in a style completely different from the first in the series. The contrast in the intensity and maturity of the core story in this novel compared to that in the first novel is so vast and surprising that I'm very much looking forward to reading the third novel in the series, entitled The Glasswrights' Journeyman.
Additionally, I can't wait to read more about Rani's late teenage years and the impending romance that is bound to happen between her and some of the core male characters. Readers who read The Glasswrights' Apprentice should definitely keep moving forward with The Glasswrights' Progress! It's very well worth the time and journey.
Here are our other reviews for The Glasswrights' Apprentice and Girl's Guide to Witchcraft:
Dreamworld Book Reviews - The Glasswrights' Apprentice
Dreamworld Book Reviews - Girl's Guide to Witchcraft
Here are some other novels written by Mindy L. Klasky. Click on any of the images displayed below to read about them in more detail on Amazon.com.
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