The Glass Spare
A banished princess. A deadly curse. A kingdom at war. Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance. Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure. But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power. With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?
My Rating: 3 Stars
I was actually apprehensive when I started reading this book. I liked the cover and synopsis but soon into it I realized what was going to happen and I worried what that would do to the book. I am tired of reading books where the protagonist makes stupid and avoidable mistakes that hurt themselves or someone they love. Wil did just that and it pissed me off but she did not mope about it like I thought she would and continue to make stupid decisions. She should have been sad by what she'd done but she also had to survive. I liked that although she was sad she was still willing to help others. This was one of those books that started right in the action before I even knew who Wil was. I do not care for that because I am not invested at that point. I did not know who Wil is so I did not care what happens to her at that point and I know if she's the main character, she will not die in the first few pages. I may sound harsh but I did like the book. It got better towards the middle of the book.
After I got to know who Wil was, I really enjoyed her character. I cannot wait to see how she evolves and what happens with her character arc. I also liked Loom, the cursed prince and their relationship. I think they could be a good couple once she gets her powers under control and he gets rid of his curse. I liked two of Wil's brothers, Owen and Gerdie but I didn't like Zay because she just was not understanding of simple mistakes. And the book did drag at places, mainly the middle. Most of the action happens in the beginning and close to the end. I gave this three stars because it was better than I was expecting and I'll wait to see what the author does in the sequel before professing my love for her and anticipating her next books.