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A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
Song of Blood & Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles, #1) by L. Penelope

About A Face Like Glass

In Caverna, lies are an art — and everyone’s an artist…

In the underground city of Caverna the world’s most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare. They create wines that can remove memories, cheeses that can make you hallucinate and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer even as they slit your throat. The people of Caverna are more ordinary, but for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned. Only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to show (or fake) joy, despair or fear — at a price.

Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a little girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. For Neverfell’s emotions are as obvious on her face as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, though entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed…

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Review of A Face Like Glass

Wow, for all you science fiction readers this is a must read. I think from page 1 to 487 you will be caught up in the tale of an underground world in which an above ground outsider finds herself. The 12-year-old girl will lead you thru all the emotions we humans take for granted that are not allowed to show on the faces of the inhabitants of the Caverna. She encounters all kinds of treachery and deceit once she is thrown into the center of the royal court. Her ability to show real emotions on her face makes her a very feared and dangerous  person to the Grand Steward leader of Caverna.

I want to thank one of our patrons for recommending this book as a good read.

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About Song of Blood and Stone

Jack’s mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagrimar is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and its people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda’s Earthsong to do it. They escape their vicious captors and together embark on a perilous journey to save Elsira and to uncover the secrets of The Queen Who Sleeps.

Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation.

The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war.

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Review of Song of Blood and Stone

This book tackles not only class issues but brings out racism. Thru the avenue of science fiction she lets her characters fight the prejudice of magical and color differences . In this world biracial romance is not tolerated, nor is romance allowed between the classes. Our heroine and hero win the battle against evil magic , but I am sure that the next book in the series, will still be dealing with prejudices of the human race. I recommend you read it when it comes out in May. You will find it hard to put down.

Note:  Song of Blood and Stone was originally self-published by the author in 2015. The book has been revised and reedited and will be released again by St. Martin’s Press on 5/1/2018.

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