Title: The Glass Spare
By: Lauren DeStefano
Release Date: October 24th, 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Summary from Goodreads:
A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.
Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.
Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.
But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.
With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?
Review: This is one of those books where everything moved very quickly. The main characters never stayed in one place long. You're kind of thrown into the world of Wil and Gerdie. Now, for the longest time I thought Wil was a boy and Gerdie was a girl, but that was not reality. It was flipped and I was confused. It was a nice surprise though.
There was a lot of family drama that moved the story along well and the action was great. I would recommend this book to fans of Royal Bastards. It was pretty darn great.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.