For nearly two years, Cade has been rejecting his Fae gift, his prescient Elsewhens simply refusing to see or experience them. But the strain is driving a wedge between him and his theater troupe, Touchstone, and making him erratic on stage and off.Read more...
For nearly two years, Cade has been rejecting his Fae gift, his prescient Elsewhens simply refusing to see or experience them. But the strain is driving a wedge between him and his theater troupe, Touchstone, and making him erratic on stage and off. It takes his best friend Mieka to bully Cade into accepting the visions again. But when Cade finally looks into the possible futures, he sees a royal castle blowing up, though his vision does not tell him who is responsible. But he knows that if it is in his visions, he can take action to stop it from happening. And when he finally discovers the truth, he takes the knowledge to the only man in the Kingdom who would believe him: his deadly enemy the Archduke.
Melanie Rawn's delightful creation of the world of Albeyn is a place where the magical races have joined with humans in a melting pot of powers, and everyone loves the theater of magic. In "Window Wall," her irrepressible cast of characters mature at least a little. Not that they'll ever settle down."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-02-16
- Reviewer: Staff
The personal travails of magical theater group Touchstone continue to interweave with the greater welfare of their country in Rawn’s rich but leisurely fourth Glass Thorns installment (after Thornlost). Playwright Cayden Silversun and his troupe are enjoying a stellar reputation despite internal conflicts, many stemming from Cade’s deliberate refusal to experience the Elsewhens, glimpses of possible futures. When Mieka Windthistle suggests that Cade might have been able to prevent a suspicious construction accident on Cade’s Namingday, Cade reluctantly opens himself to receiving the visions, including one of an attack on the royal family. Rising opposition from anti-magical factions in both the theater and the general populace, political intrigue, and the consequences of Cade and Mieka’s drug use all contribute to a fully fleshed and atmospheric Renaissance fantasy world. Readers new to the series will struggle to get their footing, but fans will love this lush installment. Agent: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary. (Apr.)