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Storm Glass (The Harbinger Series)

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Storm Glass (The Harbinger Series)

Returning to the world of Muirwood, Jeff Wheeler brings us the first in a new epic fantasy series. Set centuries later, STORM GLASS introduces us to a new cast of characters expanding this magical world while exploring societal class and the danger of unchecked power.

Held aloft by secret magic known as the Mysteries, massive sky manors float above the cities. The privileged few live above the poor, ensuring that the two classes are kept separate in all ways. Only the wealthy are able to afford learning the Mysteries, further keeping the secret magic to themselves.

"STORM GLASS is a story rich with complex plot lines and in-depth characters. Mature readers will love the political intrigue and examination of societal class structure, while the mystery story, ghosts and glimpses of magic make the novel more approachable to everyone."

Cettie Pratt is one of the poor. Sold into servitude at a young age, Cettie can only dream of stumbling across the chance to work in one of the coveted sky manor positions someday. When an admiral crosses her path and attempts to adopt her, her life changes in unimaginable ways. But not everyone in the sky manor accepts her as openly as the admiral does.

Sera Fitzempress is a princess. Born into one of the most powerful families, she can’t help but feel that her impressive fortress in the sky is more a prison than a house. Hearing about the mysterious girl taken out of the Fells, she yearns to meet Cettie. But her father won’t allow it, declaring Cettie far below his daughter’s prestigious status.

Born worlds apart, both girls are more alike than either of them ever dreamed. Feeling out of place in their different lives, they each want to break free of the rules society imposes on them. But neither of them can imagine the way their worlds will be threatened or changed.

There is so much to love in this new series! STORM GLASS isn’t a continuation of Wheeler’s previous novels, yet it does build on the worlds he has already explored and created. Fans of his previous work will find clever references to the previous characters while new readers can easily jump into this new book without feeling as if they’re missing anything. The writing is light, with a compelling narrative voice, submersing the reader into this world very quickly.

Both of the two main protagonists are 12, making this book appropriate for readers of all ages. There are four more books expected for this series, and I’m sure the girls will grow in each of them. Don’t let the younger age keep you away, though. STORM GLASS is a story rich with complex plot lines and in-depth characters. Mature readers will love the political intrigue and examination of societal class structure, while the mystery story, ghosts and glimpses of magic make the novel more approachable to everyone.

This novel is a strong introduction to a fascinating new world. Wheeler builds a solid foundation in this first book, giving us enough to satisfy the plot yet making it clear that there is a lot more to come. Readers will be left yearning for more as we are left with more questions than answers.

STORM GLASS is a stunning blend of Regency style historical fiction and fantasy with some steampunk vibes. The effect is a rich world, reminiscent of our own history, but with enough magic to ensure that we are aware this isn’t our world at all. Fans of epic fantasy and historical fantasy will easily fall in love with this new series.

Reviewed by Jena Brown on August 14, 2018

Storm Glass (The Harbinger Series)
by Jeff Wheeler

  • Publication Date: June 19, 2018
  • Genres: Coming of Age, Fantasy, Fiction
  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: 47 North
  • ISBN-10: 1503902323
  • ISBN-13: 9781503902329