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Crystal Blade (Burning Glass) Hardcover – August 15, 2017
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Gr 9 Up—This follow-up to Burning Glass begins a few weeks after the first book ends, with Sonya and Anton working to build a new government for Riaznin and celebrating their newfound love. Only beginning to develop the strength of her powers, Sonya is fighting to avoid succumbing to the darkness and to push toward the best path for Riaznin. Anton has been elected governor and is working hard for stability, but he is also concerned with hiding the depth of Sonya's powers from others. When Sonya betrays him, what will happen to her, Riaznin, and all she holds dear? The novel is well paced, Rianzin is intriguing, and characters continue to develop, leaving something for readers to discover. Teens will find the same mystery and intrigue as in the last outing, with even more passion and betrayal in this volume. This entry ends in a jaw-dropping cliff-hanger, which will keep fans anticipating the final chapter of the trilogy. VERDICT Avoiding the dreaded sophomore slump, this is an ideal purchase for libraries where the previous installment is popular.—Stephanie Charlefour, formerly at Wixom Public Library, MI
“Sonya’s first-person narration is filled with descriptions of the emotions of those around her....With this second installment, the Burning Glass trilogy hits its stride.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Praise for Burning Glass: “Dark, intricate and utterly immersive, Burning Glass will take you on a journey you’ll never forget. Heart-pounding action meets deadly intrigue and aching romance, drawing you deep inside a story full of complex questions.” (Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author)
“Filled with mystery and intrigue, betrayal and passion, Purdie’s political debut will sweep readers away to a world that is not that different from their own.” (School Library Journal)
“Richly imagined, compelling, and darkly romantic, this book will leave you begging for more!” (Sara B. Larson, author of the Defy trilogy)
“I feel like Burning Glass has catered to all of my YA book needs: Russian-flavored fantasy, a neat but not overly complicated magic system, a flawed but wonderful heroine, and the only kind of love triangle I can enjoy (one involving competing brothers!)” (Allison Senecal, Old Firehouse Books)
“Purdie expertly weaves a complex storyline with well-developed characters in a vividly described world to entrance readers with her words.” (Desert News, Salt Lake City)
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When we left Sonya at the end of BURNING GLASS, she'd realized the extent of her Auraseer abilities. Now she's struggling to contain her ever-growing powers, and fighting her dark attraction to Valko, even though she despises him -- I actually really LOVED this about the book.
What I really enjoyed about this book is that it delved so much deeper into the darkness that Sonya struggles with; trying to hide her powers from the Duma, trying to stop herself from succumbing to desires far darker than she'd like. I loved the danger of this book, the thick overtone of it rang all the way through. I am excited to see how the trilogy ends (even though I don't want it to!)
One character from the first book that I didn't like that I now really like : Feliks. Even though he's got a threatening presence through much of the book, you can't help but love it!
If you've not picked up BURNING GLASS yet, what are you waiting for? :)
On the other side I enjoy the plot and the originality of it all. The twists and turns keep you reading and the ending is quite the surprise.