Thanks to Candace for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Synopsis: Perrie Madeleine is trapped in Vale’s clutches as the Bride. Can Perrie find a way to escape her mental prison?
Maisie Jaser is on a rescue mission to retrieve her cousin and best friend, Perrie. Together, she hopes to bring down Vale and rid the world of the destruction he has caused.
Will Vale prevail?
With The Bride of Glass, Candace Robinson brings her imaginative Glass Vault duology to an exciting conclusion. It’s much darker than the previous book and due to the violence and some sexual scenes, I’d recommend this for older teens and adults.
I absolutely loved Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, and unbelievably, this is even better! A combination of horror and fairytale retelling, it picks up where the the first book concluded. Infamous literary and historical figures make appearances as Perrie, Maisie, and Neven, seek to stop Vale and send him and his Glass Vault back where they belong.
Maisie is featured much more prominently here, which is welcome because she’s such a fun and quirky character. The story is quite dark and Maisie interjects some much needed humor.
Perrie has been transformed into the Bride by Vale, and for the first half of the story, is not only his victim, but also commits some pretty horrific acts herself. Once she out from under his control, her remorse and guilt is easy to understand and heartfelt.
In addition to the other characters in the book, you get to read Vale’s backstory and discover that there are multiple facets to this otherwise despicable character. I was surprised by the myriad of emotions he wound up eliciting in me.
The action begins on the very first page and never lets up. There’s many more details that weren’t in the first book about how characters were imprisoned in the Glass Vault and what happened to them when they were there. It’s impressive how much character development and world-building there is in this relatively short book.
The Bride of Glass is a little different than its predecessor, it still continues the original story, but it’s dark and violent and leaves you scared for its heroes. But there’s also humor and romance to balance this. The ending satisfactorily ties everything together, yet I can’t help wistfully hoping that this isn’t the last we see of Perrie, Maisie, Neven, and Vale.
I highly recommend both Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault and The Glass Bride to older teens and adults who love dark fantasy and horror, and are looking for something unique and imaginative!