A Lila Review: Healing Glass (Gifted Guilds, #1) by Jackie Keswick

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Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

A dying city.
An ancient, forgotten accord.
And two gifted men caught in a web of greed and dark magic.

Despite belonging to different guilds, glass master Minel and warrior captain Falcon are friends. Their duties keep them apart, but when Minel falls ill and chooses death rather than the only known cure, nothing can keep Falcon from his side.

While their friendship grows into more, old wrongs and one man’s machinations threaten the floating city and leave both Minel and Falcon fighting for their lives. Can they learn to combine their gifts to save the city and its magic, or will everything they know and love perish before their eyes?

Healing Glass is a different type of fantasy story. It has a nice combination of world-build, folklore, and romance. It takes time for the reader to get into the story but it’s hard to put down after a while. There’s a lot of information to digest but it’s worth it in the end.

I loved how Minel’s and Falcon’s relationship moved from friendship to lovers. It gave them a history beyond the book’s pages and a reason to look further into their future. Their connection is an active character in this story and their encounters are sweet and smexy.

The action in the book is constant. There’s no downtime for the characters and every decision they took went beyond their relationship. It was easy to see cheer for them and enjoy their time together.

I’m looking forward to the next installment since the author did an excellent job with the foreshadowing, turning secondary characters into the new MCs.

The cover by Pavelle Art shows the main characters in profile with the city and steps as the background. It’s quite literal but it goes with the story. Perhaps not the most appealing, though.

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ebook, 229 pages
Published: May 13, 2019, by Jackie Keswick
ISBN: 9781386061410
Edition Language: English

Series: Gifted Guilds
Book #1: Healing Glass

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