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Of Blades and Glass Dorothy A. Winsor

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When her mother is murdered, sixteen-year-old Emlin throws herself into saving the struggling glassworks, the only place she's ever called home. Glassmaking is a sacred art on Kural Island, and like her mother, Emlin is an artist, gifted by the Dragon god.

While she struggles to save her home, the ruler of a neighboring island schemes to claim the throne of Kural. As war looms, Emlin becomes entangled with a charismatic scholar, Addy, who has a suspiciously strong interest in getting into Kural's palace. Meanwhile the ruling family demands she make a fake Dragonblade to protect them from the invader. In exchange, they will save the glassworks. Emlin is desperate, but uncertain whether these rulers are good for her island. Would she be putting a cruel man in power? What's more, her mother's killer is still out there. Will Emlin be next?

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  • 63275 words
  • About 253 pages
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14 comments on "Of Blades and Glass"

Kate Evangelista on May 14, 2017, 8:08 a.m. said:

Kate Evangelista


Hi, Dorothy!

I'm Kate, one of the Swoon writers here. I was intrigued by the premise of your book and made you a cover inspired by it. If you want it, just send me an email at evangelistakat@gmail.com and I'll send it right over. Best of luck with your submission!

Best,
Kate

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Dorothy A. Winsor on May 14, 2017, 1:23 p.m. said:

Dorothy A. Winsor


Kate, thank you! At this moment, I am in Prague, but I'll be home on Tuesday and when I've pulled myself together, I'll be in touch.

Dorothy

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Kate Evangelista on May 15, 2017, 1:44 a.m. said:

Kate Evangelista


Safe travels! :)

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EmMa on May 4, 2017, 9:13 a.m. said:

EmMa


It was a bit hard to imagine the characters' appearances as there weren't that many descriptions of them, but I think their actions and values made up for it. As the story progresses, you sort of build an idea of them around the way Emlin perceives them, though a few more descriptions wouldn't be bad. If I'm not mistaken though, it's a little bit hard to include descriptions in first person POV stories. Anyhow, I really liked how determined and strong-willed Emlin was and how the other characters had their own personality and background. Overall, I really like reading this story and I found the characters and plot appealing, good work!

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Dorothy A. Winsor on May 4, 2017, 9:59 a.m. said:

Dorothy A. Winsor


Thanks, EmMa. As a reader, I skip most descriptions (bad reader!), so I probably underwrite them too. I appreciate your kind words.

Dorothy

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Kristy Brown on April 29, 2017, 8:08 a.m. said:

Kristy Brown


It's intriguing and well written. I'm not sure how the glass making and dragons fit in yet but I'm sure that will become apparent as I read on. My only small suggestion so far is that you introduce quite a few characters early on and I haven't really got a mental physical image of many of them yet. It's an interesting set up with a world full of new rules and secrets I'd bet. ;) x

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Dorothy A. Winsor on April 30, 2017, 3:31 p.m. said:

Dorothy A. Winsor


Thanks, Kristy.

I've struggled with how to introduce such a big cast and tried to do it gradually, but maybe it's an issue that physical "hooks" would solve. Some signature detail. Hmm.

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Dorothy A. Winsor on April 23, 2017, 5:27 p.m. said:

Dorothy A. Winsor


First on this site. I have a YA fantasy with a very small press and an MG fantasy that used to be with a small press that closed its doors and is now self published. I love writing but publishing is a tough business.

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Rose on April 23, 2017, 10:32 p.m. said:

Rose


I'm writing a YA fantasy now and wish I could get feedback from readers, so sorry if I went overboard! Lol, but i seriously enjoyed Glass Girl, and it gave me hope for finishing my own, so thanks!!

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Rose on April 23, 2017, 5:17 p.m. said:

Rose


I'd read it again and again! Strong heroine, loveable potential love interest, a plot and storyline that's not tied up in romance, but enhanced by it. Amazing world, I could get lost in it all the time.

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