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The Glass Casket Hardcover – February 11, 2014
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"One bleak morning in the eye of winter, five horses and five riders thundered into the remote mountain village of Nag's End. Without ceremony or respect for local custom, they charged through the square and up the steep alpine trail that lay just beyond. Hazarding the rocky terrain, they wove their way between snow-shrouded pines, climbing ever until they reached the icy plateau of Beggar's Drift - a place, it was said, that the Goddess had forsaken."
With these words, starts the magical tale of love and sacrifice, family secrets and dark prophecies, deception and revenge.
The Glass Casket had me glued to its pages from the opening lines.Read more ›
Rowan Rose lives in a small village where girls aren't taught to read, candlelight is used as the only lights, and superstitions run wild. It's a predictable world until five of the King's men are found brutally murdered. Then, Fiona Eira, a long lost cousin of Rowan's shows up in town. She's beautiful and mysterious and Roman's best friend Tom falls in love with her instantly. The only problem is that death has shown up in the village and Fiona is another victim. Her heart is torn out and she is placed inside a glass casket. Tragedy strikes and the town searches for what might have brought down these horrors to their village.
Honestly, the plot and mystery within this novel is very well down. I did not guess what the ending would be until more than halfway through the novel. Even then, I was still a little unsure. The horror and blood along with each murder is written about with exquisite detail. Templeman has done a very good job of pulling you into the story itself. Unfortunately, the characters are not done very well. I never felt like I really got to know any of them. They are definitely surface characters. You get to know most of the village, but never really like anyone. Plus, the point of view changes rather quickly, so you don't even stick with someone to really follow them. To me it felt like characters in a mediocre play where you anticipate the actor is going to bring them to life for you.I desperately wanted a character to connect with because the mystery was done so well.
The village folks were written so well they could have stepped into the pages from any small community. There are always those in the bunch who are revered, those who are afraid of change, those that follow blindly, etc. Templeman writes with a clarity on how villages and their members work.
I didn't really buy the insta-love for one couple. They meet and bam they want to spend eternity together. It was never explained why they felt like they had known each other before. I wanted an explanation for why this connection ran so deep and was instantaneous and some other connections as well, not just the boy-girl kind.
I felt like the answer to the mystery was well thought out, and that all of the pieces fit together in the end. There was such a delicious build to the finale, that I felt the finale needed to be drawn out a little bit. It was over within a chapter or two. I really enjoyed not knowing what was coming. I sort of had my suspicions, but I just wasn't certain. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a little bit of horror mixed with a little bit of fantasy mixed with a whole lot of mystery. There are some gory details when describing victims.
I would love to see more of this world in other books. I will also be checking out more works by this author.
Templeton deserves praise for avoiding a couple of the typical fairy-tale retelling traps. She doesn't get overly involved in the teen romance, or excessively wrapped up in describing tumultuous passions etc. The love triangle is there, but it stays a subplot. Secondly, she doesn't have any particular problem with killing off characters, even characters we like. This gives the book a very unpredictable feeling, and we the readers feel equally as out of control as Rowen does, with no idea who will be dispatched next or why. Thirdly, the twists are not terribly predictable. You definitely get a feel for where the book is going by the last few chapters, but there's never a time when it's blindingly obvious enough to be irritating. The ending feels appropriate and satisfactory.
On the other hand, there are some major flaws. Templeton has Rowen totally avoid the witches, who are portrayed as being completely and utterly kind and prosaic. She's afraid of them - but there's never an explanation for it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What an awesome book! I don't quite understand why this books rating is where it's at but it definitely deserves a 5 star from me. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Holly Knece
I would have read this one straight through if I could have! I didn't want to put it down. With the type of story that it is, I almost hate to say I loved it, but I did. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bluerose's Heart
I've been on a roll reading death books. It's my own existential Buddhist nature, I suppose.
"The Glass Casket" is a place death lurks; gruesome, violent death. Read more
Snow White and the Zombies and not Disney's version. A thriller mystery set in a medieval past in a small remote mountain village Royal troops come thundering through and are found... Read morePublished 14 months ago by E. B. MULLIGAN
This book is amazing! It was a real page-turner, that's for sure. Anyways, this book is about a girl Rowan who is best friends with Tom that tries to . Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ariaceliz
This is an interesting take on Snow White. I personally had a little bit of trouble getting into it, but once I did I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 16 months ago by R. C. Bowman
The Glass Casket Hardcover – February 11, 2014
by McCormick Templeman (Author)
The Glass Casket keeps you interested at points. The storyline has promise.
Fantasy with a touch of horror. Maybe not too scary, but haunting and entertaining. I enjoyed the characters and the plot. It was like reading a fairy tale spun out of real life. Read morePublished 17 months ago by SillyMoose
Incredibly rich and atmospheric, this blending of myth, folklore and suspense is the literary equivalent of a symphony. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Wastepaper Prose