Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy Romance, Fairytale | Release Date: 15 August 2023 | Standalone | Pages: 384 | Indie Author | Review
A huge thank you goes to Book Sirens and the author for letting me read a copy of The Glass Palace, a beautiful fairytale fantasy romance! This standalone tale is a retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon and it is a story bookworms are going to absolutely love. Don’t believe me? Let me give you an overview!
Astrid has been betrothed to a stranger for years, but never actually met her fiancé until a devastating tragedy occurs. Travelling to meet Tyhr, Astrid didn’t expect to be confronted by a man wearing a silver tiger mask. But Tyhr has been been cursed for an age, and the mask won’t come off unless Astrid can find a way to break the spell. Is it possible for Astrid to trust Tyhr’s heart and break a curse? Or will she fail this task and doom the both of them forever? Unlikely friendships will be forged, even as ancient magic stirs…
The Glass Palace is fairytale storytelling at its best. Honestly, it felt like I was being embraced in a warm hug with this fantasy romance. But not only does Kathryn Trattner gives us an exhilarating adventure, she also evokes strong images as she sets the scene. Can I give you an example? At one point the snow is falling, muffling the sound of everything else. It felt like I was back in Narnia, because Kathryn has the same kind of magical touch with her writing as C. S. Lewis. And that is a *huge* happiness boost for me!
Within this fantasy romance, we get a sarcastic and rather sassy sidekick in our feathered friend, Chinook. You have no idea how much I was living for the moments when he makes his observations! I love him, and his rather uppity ways. In fact at one point, he berates Astrid that he is not a handkerchief, so please don’t cry on him. My heart felt *so* full reading this passage; it’s such a gift when authors bring out all the emotions! And let me tell you, The Glass Palace will both tear apart *and* mend your heart as you read this book.
When Astrid must go on a journey to help break the curse, I couldn’t put this tale down. I needed to know everything, including how the gifts she collected would be used along the way! You need a plucky heroine, to go on a quest. And Kathryn makes sure that Astrid is one of those for us! Is she perfect? Not at all. But Astrid is a strong-willed woman, who knows how to fight for good. I’m telling you, this fairytale retelling is perfection.
Did I get a little annoyed about Astrid’s selfishness in the beginning? Yes, yes I did. But keep reading glitterbugs, because her character arc is *brilliant* and you’re going to love this heroine.
The Glass Palace by indie author Kathryn Trattner is a fairytale fantasy romance of heartache, cursed magic and a deadly quest. I adore the world building, the characters, the plot. If you want a sweet fantasy romance? A beautiful fairytale retelling? You *need* this book. Trust me. Love what you’ve heard from my review? Just click on any of the links below to order a copy of The Glass Palace! Happy reading, glitterbugs!
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