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The Glasswrights' Master (Volume Five in the Glasswrights Series) ebook

by Mindy L. Klasky

The Glasswright Series: Volume Five.

The Glasswright Series: Volume Five. As always, I am indebted to my First Reader, Bruce Sundrud, who rose to the occasion despite my short deadlines and frantic schedule.

The Glasswrights' Master is the final book in the Glasswrights series by Mindy L. Klasky. All five book deal with the story of Ranita Glasswright, with her starting as an apprentice in the guild before it is destroyed. I've read the four previous books and enjoyed them on various levels. Some were better than others, of course. All five book deal with the story of Ranita Glasswright, with her starting as an apprentice in the guild before it is destroyed

The Glasswrights' Master (Volume Five In The Glasswrights Series). The Glasswrights' Master (Glasswright, Published July 14th 2010 by Mindy Klasky.

The Glasswrights' Master (Volume Five In The Glasswrights Series). Published January 17th 2011 by eReads. Paperback, 298 pages.

She has begun to settle into her new life, living in the palace of Morenia's new king. A brutal betrayal, though, within the very castle walls, results in Rani being kidnapped, carried overseas to distant Amanthia. There, Rani discovers a plot against her king. Amanthia has raised the Little Army, a murderous force composed entirely of children.

By way of a glass book? If it were only possible to get Vandaariff to himself for five minutes! . Svenson wondered if the servants of the house knew of their master’s mental servitude, and how they might react to the knowledge.

By way of a glass book? If it were only possible to get Vandaariff to himself for five minutes! Even that much time would afford a quick examination, would give the Doctor some insight into the corporeal effects of this mind control, and who could sa. ome insight into its reversal. He did not imagine Robert Vandaariff to be a kindly employer-perhaps the household did know, and happily celebrated his downfall-perhaps the Cabal had dipped into Vandaariff’s own riches to purchase his people’s loyalty.

The Glasswrights Test is ever better than the other three books (The Glasswrights Apprentice, The Glasswrights Progress, and The Glasswrights Journeyman) in this wonderful series by Mindy L. One thing I discovered in this book is real strong character development. Rani finally starts to take responsibility for her actions and finally understands why other people seem to be seeking revenge against her.

The answer is right here! We also have a number of fascinating alternate versions, most quite different from the ones fans know and love. Lady Of Spain’ and ‘Ups ‘n’ Downs’ feature Ed Sharky Hall on drums, rather than Howie Johnson, which gives them a very different flavour.

Hundreds of soldiers shuffled around her, repeating the holy sign with their own mailed fists. A breeze swirled down the cathedral’s marble aisle, harbinger of autumn’s chill, and Rani automatically. looked at Mair, making sure that her Touched friend had settled a cloak around her too-thin shoulders. Mair glared back at Rani, as if the cold breeze were a personal affront.

The final battle... Rani Trader has fled her homeland, escaping Morenia just as enemy armies invade. Encamped in the southern kingdom of Sarmonia, Rani must make the hardest bargain of her life--negotiating safety for herself, her beloved king, and his heir, even as she struggles to control mystical powers that rise within her. As armies line up for the final battle, Rani must fight to become the master of her fate--and her guild.
If you like Game of Thrones but find it too long, complicated and wordy, read this series. It's like a combination of historical fiction, fantasy and folklore.
Interesting subject matter
Like this series
Concluded just as you wanted it to.
This stirring conclusion to a magnificent series is a powerful read that doesn't let you put it down!
The conclusion to the beautiful Glasswright's Series is a fitting end - all the loose ends are tied up, and the characters go through changes that help them, hurt them, and push them towards the finale.
The only recommendation I can make is that you read the other Glasswright's books before this - don't read it as a "stand alone" novel. Some details may be lost on you - such as exactly why Crestman is so furious with Rani, or the details of Rani and Tovin's past - if you do not read the entire series. Also, the end of the book is all the more bittersweet if you've known the characters for all 5 books.
The characters are beautifully written, and they are believeable to the core. Rani, Ranita, Rai... whatever you choose to call her - she is the remarkable hero in this tale. The king, Hal, goes through mental anguish that he thought he had overcome previously. The return of his rhymes is a chilling reminder of his fragile state, and Crestman's proclamation that Hal simply cannot exist without Rani have a ring of truth that chills the reader.
The imagery in the book of the Thousand Gods "visits" to Rani are vivid, and you can taste/hear/smell/feel/see the visions as clearly as Rani does.
I highly recommend this book to all Glasswright fans - if you haven't read the series yet, pick it up now!
They're always saying that you can't judge a book by its cover, but effective and attractive cover art can go a long way toward selling a novel. I first became aware of Mindy Klasky's "Glasswright" series two years ago while shopping at Safeway and was immediately intrigued. At Mindy's web site I read the first chapter of each book then available, and I knew they were going to be very good. But, I learned long ago never to purchase an "in progress" series, for the sake of my own sanity.

When "The Glasswrights' Master" finally came out, I plowed through all five books in the span of a single week. Certainly, you'll want to read the others before this one. I'm hoping that the comments I'm about to make, as I briefly summarize the whole series to put "Master" in context, will not give away too many of the key plot points for those who are new to these books.

If there's one overriding theme of the "Glasswright" series that stands out for me, it has to be the vital importance of making the right choices, for the right reasons. My favorite character easily has to be the main protagonist, Rani Trader. She is a textbook example of how bad choices can destroy lives. In the first book of the series, as a somewhat rebellious 13-year-old girl, she fails to follow the prime tenet of Morenian society: "Mind your caste". This continues to be an issue throughout the entire series.

For, in the Kingdom of Morenia, the social hierarchy is rigidly enforced into five castes, or levels of privilege. At the bottom are the Touched: the grunt laborers, servants and farmers. Next are the merchants, then the guildspeople, followed by the soldiers. At the top are the priests and nobles. One can tell a person's rank by the number of syllables in his or her name. Thus, when Rani Trader's family buys her into the glasswrights' guild at great cost, she becomes Ranita Glasswright. During the time she is in hiding for her life, in that first book, she becomes first Rai of the Touched and then Ranimara of the soldiers. Throughout much of the series she serves as a virtual member of the royal family, a valued friend and confidant of King Halaravilli.

This earns her the opprobrium of her legions of detractors, who scornfully label her a "caste jumper". For only one other person in Morenian history has ever been a member of all five castes, and that was the legendary First Pilgrim Jair, the founder of the ruling dynasty of Morenia. Who is Rani to liken herself to him?

By this fifth book, Rani, now in her mid-twenties, has grown greatly. She started out as being almost amoral, a desperate opportunist who would beg, steal or even kill to further her cause. Her loyalties were confused, as she bounced from one faction to the next, trying to sort out their mutually inimical aims. And yet, her conscience bothered her, forcing her take the side of the future King Hal, even at the cost of her own treasonous brother's life. She had begun to learn to do what was right.

As a loyal subject with excellent people skills, thanks to her trader background, she has managed to drive some very hard bargains throughout the series, each time to benefit King Hal and Morenia as they pass through various crises. And yet, sometimes people end up being hurt badly, Rani having picked the lesser of two evils. Not everyone understands her reasons. Not everyone wants to give her the chance to explain, or to make good, if it's within her power to do so.

By the start of Book Five, Rani has many enemies who would love to kill her. There is the mysterious Fellowship of Jair, who wish to unite the Five Kingdoms under the long-foretold Royal Pilgrim. There are the Glasswrights, who live in exile in the fanatical Kingdom of Brianta, blaming her for the destruction of their guild in Morenia. Of course, she blames herself more. Then there are Rani's former love interests, such as Crestman and Tovin the Player. She has driven them away, due to her single-minded devotion to King Hal and the art of glass making.

By the end of the first chapter of "The Glasswrights' Master", Rani, King Hal and a few of their most loyal friends are fleeing the country, driven out by the Fellowship, who are bringing their plans to fruition. Rani faces her most difficult choices yet: will she have to give up her long-cherished aim to become a master glasswright and reestablish her guild in Morenia? For that will surely come to pass, if she fails to face down the Fellowship at last, and remains in exile. And yet, confronting the Fellowship could very easily prove fatal.

Now, more than ever before, Rani will have to learn to put the interests of others above her own. Even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice.

Some important questions are finally answered as well. Who is this Royal Pilgrim, and precisely what role will he or she play in shaping the fate of the Five Kingdoms? What about those mysterious voices in Rani's head, present since Book Four? Will either she or King Hal ever find true happiness, driven as they have been by sometimes heartless political necessity?

The ending, while in some ways predictable, was still eminently satisfying, and I found myself rereading the final chapter and savoring it. However, there are still some loose ends, a few different groups or individuals for whom I can ask "what happens to them next?"

For now, Mindy has wrapped the series up, but I'm hoping she revisits Morenia later. Until then, I'll just have to reread the existing books. All in all, they're imaginative and well written. "The Glasswrights' Master" is no exception.
What surprises the reader in this final book in the Glasswright series is what I perceive to be a somewhat abrupt switch from a character-driven to a plot-driven adventure. The previous books explored with subtlety and insight the inner development of the main characters. We have seen Rani making choices, sometimes bad choices, and learning to live with their consequences; we have seen Hal growing into a powerful and committed king who has to sacrifice personal desires for the good of the realm. The author's attention to the increasing complexity of the characters' personalities drove the series forward at a more sedate - but thoroughly justified - pace. That meant that all sorts of loose ends which had been left hanging in the previous books, had to be resolved here too fast and sometimes too conveniently. At the end of the book, I felt as if several chapters were missing from the middle. The author was in too great a hurry to get out of the way several characters which would have deserved more attention or explanation of the why's and how's of their respective development and fate.
That said, the whole series is undeniably very good, and the characters unforgettable. I agree with the other reviewers that, for the best reading experience, the books have to be read in order - less because of possible obscurity, and more because it would be a pity not to know them all.
The Glasswrights' Master (Volume Five in the Glasswrights Series) ebook
Mindy L. Klasky
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