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In Glamour of Midnight begleiten wir Karis auf ihrem Weg in die Welt hinter den Schutzmauern. An und für sich ist Karis blind, dennoch kann sie hinter den Rauch blicken. Als Karis dann auch wirklich in dieser Welt ankommt, beginnt das Abenteuer ihres Lebens. Auf diesem Weg trifft sie auch auf Loftin, der ihr das Leben nicht immer erleichtert, denn der verfolgt eigentlich ganz andere Ziele. Umso schöner ist es, zu sehen, wie sich beide begegnen und sich gemeinsam miteinander weiterentwickeln.
Der Weltenaufbau war wirklich gut, und der Schreibstil super schlüssig und leicht. Casey hat hier eine wundervolle Geschichte geschrieben, mit Elementen aus Snow White, welche die Geschichte noch aufregender werden lassen. Es ist aber kein klassisches Re-Telling von Snow White.
Das Englisch ist angenehm und leicht zu lesen. Für Romantasy Fans auf jeden Fall zu empfehlen.
This was my first dive into the faery world, and I must say it was a good first read. I’m not normally into these types of stories, but the author caught my interest in the story line enough for me to ignore my initial distaste for things like “faeries” and so on. By the end of the book I had enjoyed it so much, that I’m certain I’ll read another fae story in the future. I thought the story could have ended sooner than it did, it was long-since resolved, but I really enjoyed the little extra at the end, regardless. It was a fun read, and I’d definitely recommend it.
A fantastic retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. A friend of mine read this as an ARC and told me to pre-order Glamour of Midnight... so I did! As soon as it landed on my kindle, I started reading it and couldn't stop until it was done.
The story centres on Karis, blind since birth and in a stratified society, lives at the bottom of the heap in her village with her adoptive brother and best friend. She's viewed with suspicion by the rest of the villagers and called names, such as "changeling" on a regular basis.
The village is an oasis in the world of Faerie, a world that threatens to take over the village and swallow it whole. The only thing between the village and Faerie is a wall of smoke that needs to be replenished. The village follows a tradition of sending someone out to bolster the smoke, they're supposed to have the sight, but when a young girl is selected to venture into the wilds of Faerie, Karis suspects she's not up to the task.
And even stranger, the blind girl can actually see through the wall of smoke. When Karis offers to go in the girl's stead, her adoptive brother leaves setting Karis on a path to save him from certain death and into the arms of destiny.
Loftin, the bounty hunter, has been charged with finding Karis for her mother. If he does this, he will be rewarded with the return of someone dear to him.
When Loftin and Karis stumble into each other, he thinks he can kill two birds with one stone, except he doesn't count on is Karis herself. The longer Loftin's with her, the more he hates his mission, but he's bound to bring in Karis whether he likes it or not.
This book has a little bit of everything for everyone: Fae, monsters, vampires, mystery and a budding love affair. The pace is break neck and we lurch from one life-threatening situation to the next as Karis and Loftin cross the Faerie wilds.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I'm looking forward to the next one.
I bought this book during a promotional deal because of the blind protagonist. I'm not blind (though it's close without contacts), but I'm always interested in the underdog, underestimated protagonist. However, the protagonist isn't blind for very long (no spoiler, it happens very early in the book) and doesn't seem that challenged by it, other than not being able to get a job. She's also not an underdog for very long because it is made clear early on that she can wipe the floor with the Big Bad and no one's even that concerned if she'll be able to pull it off or not. Ahh yes, and no way can a Mary Sue be an underdog. She's got ALL the powers, and I do mean all of them, and of course multiple men telling her she's beautiful. The tone of the book is also a little disjointed in that the first part of the book seems more organized and well-paced than the second half. As an example of the disorganization, it is mentioned several times that a character has one hand because the other was chopped off, but then in the second half of the book, he "puts his hands in his pockets".
It's a light read that moves pretty fast, it doesn't get bogged down really except for some in the post-Big Bad wrap-up.
While the romantic ending is fantastic, the pacing of the book is off in several ways. The opening chapter is full of too much backstory and “telling” (instead of revealing through action). The evil character is evil for very little justification. Karis goes from blind village beggar to horny and very confident female stalker without much to explain her character changes. She barely manages to fight off creepy creatures one after another and then races off to battle the most powerful faery by the end of the book. Too fast, too easy. If some memories had been restored so the reader could experience Karis as her mother’s protege as a child, maybe the climax would be more believable. There are typos and grammar errors throughout the book, but they are not too distracting. Regardless of the “hurry up and kill the evil one” pacing problems, the book has a satisfying ending for those wanting HEA fairy tale finishes.
Where to start? Glamour of Midnight has everything my fairytale loving heart needs. Fairies, an adventure, romance, amazing beings, and incredible writing. I was lost from page one with Karis and Loftin's journey. Karis is the daughter of an evil queen. Said evil queen who has destroyed most of the world and stolen power from most of the fae. Karis is everything her mother is not, pure of heart and a creator.
Karis is incredibly strong, she's blind and no one in her human village likes her except her adopted family. Yet she continues on and even later decides to help her village even though they'd never help her. Along her journey she meets some amazing friends, and friends who turn out as enemies. One special one is Loftin. Loftin is Prince to the Autumn Seelie Court and a hunter. He's been asked to bring back Karis so her mother can kill her. Once he's met Karis he realizes that's something he'd never be able to do.
Everything about this book is amazing. The writing, the characters, the fantasy, everything. Casey L. Bond found her calling as an author and I can't wait to read more from her! Get ready to be swept away into a land where nothing is what it seems and everyone seems to have a secret. The world that was created is just perfect, even with the scary monsters I wish I could call it home. I love when a book can take me away from realty and make me feel like I'm along for the journey and adventure, Glamour of Midnight does that so well!
Comparing this book to A Court of Thorns and Roses is like comparing a fish to an alligator. Yes, they both involve fae but they are two completely different animals. I purchased this book because I love bloody fairytales. I grew up with the Grimm Brothers for bedtime stories so I enjoy when other authors create war torn and ravaged fantasy realms. This book unfortunately has come up wanting. The pacing was off, the dialogue at times was clunky, some of the scenes jumped from one thought to another without anything linking the two, and at the climax everything was neatly wrapped up in a little bow seemingly without any consequence. This would possibly be an okay book for a thirteen year old just getting into darker fantasy but for me it missed the mark big time.
I freaking love fairytale retellings, but my favorites are the kind that don't even feel like a retelling. Bond's done a great job so far in taking the old classics and spinning her own world on its axis, and it was fun catching all the little references. Well, when I remembered to and wasn't getting distracted by the awesomeness.
It's all about the fae with this book, and a pair setting off on an adventure to get to their goals: her dear friend for her and his dear father for him. Both start off on the wrong foot but eventually come together, and I loved it. Loved the connection, loved that I was able to click with the whole thing. The Evil Queen didn't get as much depth as the author's last bad guy, so I was a bit bummed, and the characters sometimes repeated themselves, but other than that, I thought this thing was fantastic. It was certainly great enough to have me forget about the little issues I had with it until I had to do this review lol. Definite recommend!
Here’s the thing, I hate the story of Snow White. Might be because Disney ruined it with her voice! Can’t stand it! That’s beside the point. So when I began Glamour if Midnight I already had a bias and was apprehensive to begin reading. On the other hand, I love everything Casey Bond has written so I began the journey into the fae.
BAM. That alone captivated me! I adore all books about the fae and their evil manipulative ways. (Thank you Karen Marie Moning and Sarah Maas).
Casey Bond’s interpretation of this classic fairytale is absolutely phenomenal. The character buildup, setting, I could imagine all of it. The way she changes points of view helps explain everything that is going on and though one could predict what will happen, the twist of plot was done in such a way that you’re still thrown aback and not expecting it.
I give Glamour if Midnight 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️