Book Review: The Bride of Glass
The Bride of Glass
By Candace Robinson
Back in May, I reviewed Candace Robinson's first fantasy novel, Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault. At the beginning of September she released its sequel, The Bride of Glass! If you can tell from my review (and the fact that I gave it 5 stars on both Amazon and Goodreads), I really loved Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault! So I was excited to read the sequel!
Before I get into the actual plot of the book, can we talk real quick about how beautiful this cover is?! I remember being super excited to see how gorgeous the first book's cover was--and then this one is even better! It's no secret that purple is my favorite color, so I may be biased though!
The Bride of Glass picks up right where Quinsey Wolfe left off--with Perrie trapped in Vale's vault. (I won't give away too much about what that means, because if you haven't read the first one yet, I don't want to give away any spoilers!)
Perrie has been taken as Vale's bride, partially against her will--I say partially, because in this world, people can have alternate personas that they slip into, based on their experiences in the vault. When Perrie is in her right mind, though, she does not want to be Vale's bride, and she wants to escape.
Meanwhile, Perrie's cousin Maisie is hard at work trying to find her and rescue her from Vale's trap.
In the first book, we saw that tons of different people from the same town got trapped in the glass vault, and had tons of crazy experiences in there living out real-life myths and fairytales, like "Snow White" or "The Headless Horseman." In addition to following Perrie's struggle to escape from Vale--and Maisie's journey to rescue her--this book also tells the supporting characters' stories, including flashbacks to how they all got trapped in the vault.
I really liked getting to see all those different stories converge. I also really appreciated how Vale got a redemption arc. I won't give away what happens specifically (again, not giving spoilers!), but I will say that I didn't see it coming at all, and I appreciated that he was in a difficult and complex place just like Perrie and Maisie, rather than being pure evil. Stories are always much more interesting when the villain has a motivation for doing what they did, and we can find ways to sympathize with them as well.
One thing I didn't like as much as the first one was the alternating points of view. The first book was told in first-person from Perrie's perspective. This book switches perspectives by chapter. Now, I don't have a problem with this--some of my favorite books switch point of view, and so does a draft of a novel I just finished writing. I did really appreciate getting to see Maisie's perspective on everything. The only issue I had was when it would switch between first and third person. For example, Perrie and Maisie's chapters were told in first-person, but Vale's chapters were told in third-person, and so were the chapters of all the supporting characters (like Ben and Josselyn). It just occasionally got confusing for me.
The other thing I would've liked was a little more world building. The first book stood really well on its own because it started off in a contemporary setting, and we saw things get weird from there. In this book, the characters' hometown is all but destroyed because of what has happened, and tons of people have died. It was clear that Perrie, Maisie, Neven, and Vale felt there was no escape. I kept wondering, though, why couldn't they go to a different town? Or a different state? How much of the US was affected by this? Could they start a new life in another country afterward? It's entirely possible that this was addressed and I missed it. Also, I don't read as much fantasy as other genres, so this may just be something typical of the genre. So don't let this criticism prevent you from reading an otherwise really interesting book!
This book is packed with thrilling action sequences, suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and emotional character arcs. The story was fast-paced and exciting, and the characters' interactions kept me guessing.
I recommend The Bride of Glass, especially if 1. You read Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault (or want to), or 2. You're a big fan of fantasy or classical retellings.
If you read this book, what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!
You can buy The Bride of Glass here on Amazon!
Also, if you enjoy book/writing blogs (which I assume you do, because you're reading this one), I HIGHLY recommend checking out Candace's blog, Literary Dust! She's constantly writing tons of awesome book reviews and giving great reading recommendations!