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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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    5

  • Tears

    4

  • Laughs

    5

  • Thrills

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18 comments on "Of Blades and Glass"

Samantha Hastings on June 30, 2017, 10:22 a.m. said:

Samantha Hastings


I loved Addy. For a minute in the middle, I thought he was Drake Jaffen and I'm so glad he wasn't! I really liked Emlin, but it annoyed me when she failed to see the obvious with Symond. I would rewrite that she was suspicious, but her choices were limited. I loved her passion for her craft. The plot was paced well and I definitely couldn't put it down. I really liked all of the world building with the islands and the drakes.

Similar books: Seraphina

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Dorothy A. Winsor on June 30, 2017, 10:33 a.m. said:

Dorothy A. Winsor


Addy is one of those character who's easy to write. He kind of came to life whenever I could manage to bring him onto the page.

That's a good point about Emlin and Symond. I may need either to make her more suspicious or give her some reason not to be.

Thank you for reading.

Dorothy

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Samantha Hastings on June 28, 2017, 12:50 p.m. said:

Samantha Hastings


I like how it started with the mother's murder. Right into the action and mystery. Can't wait to find out why.

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Dorothy A. Winsor on June 29, 2017, 7:14 a.m. said:

Dorothy A. Winsor


Thanks, Samantha. It takes a while for Emlin to unravel things. In the meantime, there's Addy.

Dorothy

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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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