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Product Details

  • Series: Glass Thorns (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (March 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765336855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765336859
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rawn knows what makes people tick, and how to create and present rich, complex characters the reader cares deeply about. Touchstone is a fascinating mix of character choreography, magic, and a refreshingly new fantasy backdrop. (Jennifer Roberson, bestselling author of The Chronicles of Cheysuli) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

MELANIE RAWN is the three-time Locus Award-nominated author of the bestselling Dragon Prince trilogy, the Dragon Star trilogy, and the Glass Thorns trilogy, including Touchstone, Elsewhens, and Thornlost. She graduated from Scripps College with a BA in History and has worked as a teacher and editor. Rawn lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Customer Reviews

Thank you Melanie Rawn!
Skyemberr
Even though nothing happened in the first book I didn't really mind, I was there for the originality of the story and the interplay between the characters.
Brandon Zarzyczny
And for me, at least, there’s too much time spent on the many negatives of drug abuse, as I can find plenty of that just reading the morning paper.
Clay Kallam

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Zarzyczny on January 11, 2015
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I really disliked this book, mainly because it was so boring and nothing really happened. In the first book I loved how different it was, where the characters were a traveling theater troupe, using their potentially devastating magic to instead entertain. Even though nothing happened in the first book I didn't really mind, I was there for the originality of the story and the interplay between the characters. I just thought that the action would pick up in the second book, especially with how it ended. However, the story definitely doesn't pick up in Elsewhens, and instead it slows down. Even worse, since all of the characters have already been introduced in the previous book, this book instead focuses on destroying their friendships. Also, there's some really odd parts of this book, especially scenes that seem really homosexual in nature, even though the author goes out of her way to say they aren't at all gay. Mainly with the two main characters talking about their penises, and who they're having sex with, at one point the one viewpoint character berates the other for jerking off next to him in the bathroom, because the fans love to see the bulge in his pants (it's all very awkward and weird). There's even a crossdressing scene at one point that seemed completely pointless. My biggest gripe though, is definitely that nothing happened in the story, and it took awhile to get through because it wasn't entertaining at all to read. The author even again towards the end tries to act like something big is going to happen in the next book, so you better keep reading it. For me though, I'm probably giving up on the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clay Kallam on July 30, 2014
Format: Paperback
I’m guessing Melanie Rawn is a fan of the Who.

In “Elsewhens” (Tor, $15.99, 400 pages), the second installment in the Glass Thorns series, Rawn tracks the ups and downs of Touchstone, a four-man band of touring artists who are led by an enormously talented writer with a large nose (read Pete Townshend), who are inspired by an unreliable (if not crazy) but enormously talented member (read Keith Moon), whose front man is incredibly handsome (read Roger Daltrey) and whose fourth member is solid as a rock (read John Entwhistle).
Rawn sets this quartet on a world with magic – these four perform dramas that are fueled by that magic, which allows four people to put on complete shows – and then sends them off, in “Elsewhens,” to tour another continent.

OK, there’s more to “Elsewhens” than the British Invasion of the ‘60s, as Rawn has given her Townshend figure a troubling magical ability to see potential futures, most of which end up with the Moon figure dead, dying or a miserable drug addict (and Moon did die of a drug overdose). The relationship between these two is really the focus of the first two books in the four-book series, and it’s complicated by their devotion to alcohol and a complex drug called thorn, which apparently combines the impact of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines depending on how it’s made.

This constant harping on the rapidly changing emotional states of the two protagonists – complicated, of course, by their relationships with women and other band members – gets in the way of enjoying Rawn’s carefully built world (there are Giants, Wizards, Goblins and other races) and a plot that could be a lot more interesting if it were more front and center.
And for me, at least, there’s too much time spent on the many negatives of drug abuse, as I can find plenty of that just reading the morning paper.
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Format: Hardcover
Touchstone was the first book in this thought provoking trilogy. It was a behind the scenes look at theatrical production powered not by animation but magic. Touchstone is a theatre group struggling for success and identity. In this volume, Touchstone has had some success but made some enemies and allies in the process.

Political intrigue is introduced in this book. It is not apparent who is behind it until the final pages and then it is dealt with circumspectly. This book shows more depth on the characters and explains Cayden Silversun's elsewhens. His elsewhens might be described as precognition of a limited nature. Cayden is particularly concerned with the elsewhens referring to his glisker, Mieka.

Cayden feels that what Touchstone can do through theater is nothing less than change his society. Again societal ills are shown such as discrimination, drug abuse, prejudice, poverty and more.

This is the second book in the trilogy, I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

I recommend the book.
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A lot of fun! Melanie Rawn has decent worldbuilding (I really appreciate she doesn't info-dump about how magic or politics work in this world). Her characterization could use some work, honestly (everyone has more or less the same personality as far as I can tell, and the "bad guys" are never onscreen enough for you to figure out their motivation). However, she conveys a sense of camaraderie very well. It's always been her best quality as a writer.
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A delightful new take on "the play" (a la Shakespeare-like entertainment). Ms. Rawn is an accomplished tale spinner, and these books are a showcase for her writing skills.
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By lana on July 24, 2014
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The story line followed very well the first. Catches your imagination and details a lively and believable world. Melanie Rawn has done it again!!!!
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