Middle Grade on Monday: Glassheart – Katharine Orton

Through the glass, the magic is waiting…

Nona and her uncle travel everywhere together, replacing stained-glass windows in war-torn buildings. When a mysterious commission takes them to the lonely moors of Dartmoor, Nona discovers a wild and powerful magic which threatens everything. Can Nona protect those she loves – even if it means fighting darkness itself?

This is a difficult book for me to review. Because it is a good book. Yet it didn’t work for me. And I don’t really know why. It kinda made me feel like the Northern Lights did (which is also a good book that didn’t do it for me).

We follow Nona, who is orphaned during the war and now apprentice of Uncle Antoni, a Polish glass artist. Uncle falls under an enchantment, and together with a curious creature Castor she has to break this spell whilst also staying safe from ‘the Soldier’ who wants to exchange her life for that of his dead son.

There were some things that were just too convenient, too far-fetched, too all over the place. But it was also spooky, had a decent villain, a nice message, character growth, magic… But in general, it just wasn’t for me.

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