July 01, 2020

#BookReview: The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer






Synopsis: A gilded menagerie rules a Gilded Age: Bears and Bulls are not only real, but dominate humanity in The Glass Magician, an amazing historical fantasy by Caroline Stevermer
What if you could turn into the animal of your heart anytime you want?
With such power, you’d enter the cream of New York society, guaranteed a rich life among the Vanderbilts and Astors, movers and shakers who all have the magical talent and own the nation on the cusp of a new century.
You could. If you were a Trader.
Pity you’re not.
Thalia is a Solitaire, one of the masses who don’t have the animalistic magic. But that is not to say that she doesn’t have talent of another kind—she is a rising stage magician who uses her very human skills to dazzle audiences with amazing feats of prestidigitation. Until one night when a trick goes horribly awry…and Thalia makes a discovery that changes her entire world. And sets her on a path that could bring her riches. 
Or kill her.



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Rating: ★★★
My Review: This light fantasy who done it was one that although good it wasn't anything to write home about.  I think that this would have worked well with and without the magic.  Although it was definitely better with the magic aspect in the story.  The mystery though was kind of meh and I kind of wished that the story would have either gone darker or very light and been a high middle grade story instead.  






Review

Praise for The Glass Magician

“A delicious read―elegant, neat, sprightly, well-defined and likeable characters…I absolutely loved it.”―Genevieve Cogman, author of The Invisible Library series

“Sprightly and inventive!”―Elizabeth Bear

“Stevermer has re-imagined New York's gilded age to perfection…pure fantasy and fascinating, a prickly murder mystery, and a bevy of strong women, both young and old. I'm sure there will be a sequel. Well, I hopethere will be a sequel. There had better be a sequel!”―Jane Yolen

Praise for Caroline Stevermer

“I want to live inside Caroline Stevermer’s books. Her characters are clever, courageous, and charming.”―Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author

“Caroline Stevermer has a wonderfully light touch...a deft and witty interweaving of mystery and magic.”―Jo Walton on A Scholar of Magics

"Full of wonders. By the end of the first paragraph, I suspected I was in good hands; by the end of the third page, I was sure of it.”―Lois McMaster Bujold on A Scholar of Magics

“It’s a romp! I read straight through, cheering for the plucky servant kids, loving the household magic, and terrified of the curse!”―Tamora Pierce on Magic Below Stairs

“Delightful.”―The Washington Post on A College of Magics

"Stevermer is a worthy follower of Jane Austen for wit, of Dorothy Sayers for suspense and erudition."―Booklist on A Scholar of Magics

About the Author

CAROLINE STEVERMER is best known for her historical fantasy novels, particularly for her Scholarly Magic series (A College of MagicsA Scholar of Magics, and When The King Comes Home), which Terri Windling said had, “sly wit and sparkling prose that have earned her a cult following". She is also the author of River Rats, which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and received the Golden Duck Award and Golden Kite Award. Stevermer graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in art history and currently lives in Minnesota.









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