Monday, October 13, 2014

The Glass Casket

The Glass Casket is a YA fantasy fairy tale by McCormick Templeman.

Rowan’s village has been a quiet, peaceful place for many years.

Now something dark has invaded it.

It begins with five horses and five riders that gallop through the village and up the hills with covert intent – only to be found days later dead. Dead in a disturbing, unnatural way.

The official word is a wolf attack – but anyone who saw the violence knows it was no wolf…

Other strange happenings take place as well – such as a beautiful girl close to Rowan’s age suddenly moving into the village. A girl that seems to have a connection with Rowan…

Something ravenous – something deadly – has come to occupy their village.

Rowan could be next…

The Glass Casket perplexed me a bit.

On the one hand, the plot itself was stimulating and darkly intriguing.

On the other hand, I found I could never truly connect with any of the characters. I just never really care about any of them, which causes the story to not be as engrossing or frightening as it could have been.

The Glass Casket is creepy, a different sort of fairy tale that is more reminiscent of a horror story. It has some shades of Snow White – but only very, very faintly.

Often, I felt that we were being told more often than shown and as readers were expected to accept a lot on what we’re told. I was still always interested but I did begin to skim The Glass Casket due to this continued disconnection I felt.

Though I guessed the big twist and never was all that enamored with it, I have seen that there are many people that found The Glass Casket to be quite mesmerizing. So definitely read it for yourself!

The Glass Casket is a bloody, gruesome sort of tale – just not one that blew me away.

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