Healing Glass: A Gifted Guilds Novel

Title: Healing Glass: A Gifted Guilds Novel
Author: Jackie Keswick
Publisher: self published
Release Date: May 13, 2019
Genre(s): Fantasy
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Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


A dying city.
An ancient, forgotten accord.
And two gifted men caught in a web of greed and dark magic.

Despite belonging to different guilds, glass master Minel and warrior captain Falcon are friends. Their duties keep them apart, but when Minel falls ill and chooses death rather than the only known cure, nothing can keep Falcon from his side.

As their friendship grows into more, old wrongs and one man’s machinations threaten the floating city and leave both Minel and Falcon fighting for their lives. Can they learn to combine their gifts to save the city and its magic, or will everything they know and love perish before their eyes?

Healing Glass is an LGBT fantasy adventure with its head in the clouds. If you like medieval backdrops, impressive world-building, three-dimensional characters and a touch of magic, then you’ll love Jackie Keswick’s socially-conscious adventure.
Buy Healing Glass to visit the floating city today!

This had rather interesting world building, with its roots in fantasy but with unusual facets. It’s easily recognizable, because it doesn’t stray from old truth that power corrupts.

I usually don’t like books with demons or other otherworldly creatures as villains because I’m of opinion that humans could be depraved enough to make first-class villain and this one certainly fit the bill. I hated him from his first appearance!
Minel, a glass master is faced with unenviable choice: slow and painful death or sacrifice of everything he believes in. His old friend, Falcon, is determined to save him even from himself. He had long harbored feelings for his friend and now he is given a chance at relationship. While everything seems resolved at the outset, misunderstands quickly muddy the water and leave an opening for their enemies to exploit. As the plot complicates, both Minel and Falcon come more into focus. They become more real, while at beginning only the villain left an impression. The story benefited from that, but pacing managed to occasionally trip me as it jumps from one scene to another, frantic action to slow domesticity. The plot also grew heavily esoteric, and since I was expecting something more along sword and sorcery novel, I wasn’t enjoying it. In this case, it didn’t help that I loved previous books of this author and this one not so much.

I’m curios about other books in series, but this one isn’t quite to my taste. There is heavy accent on magic and love-conquers-all so if that’s what you want from the book, go for it!

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