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The Glass Swallow (Dragonfly & The Glass Swallow #2)

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Living above her father's workshop, Rain secretly designs stained glass but when she is discovered she must go to the strange new land of Magharna. Bandits roam the lonely roads and when Rain is ambushed she knows that she cannot win the fight. That is until a boy with a falcon saves her and an adventure of a lifetime begins.
Paperback, 318 pages
Published May 6th 2010 by Oxford University Press
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Meredith Shaheed


all done.

Well, four stars.

I was hoping for ... more. From this book. Dragonfly was a story of cruelty, survival, and clinging to faith when it's all you have. TGS just seems to be about a pretty girl who's good at getting her way.

Peri came across as clingy and sexist. Whenever Rain was determined to do something, he just had to step in and save his "little girl" (note: if Rain was Tris, someone would have been punched by now) and screw everything up.

In contrast to Dragonfly once again, Ra
Miss Clark
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Rating: I liked it… but wouldn’t read it again (3 Stars)

Interestingly this sequel to Dragonfly seems to be aimed at a younger audience – I would’ve thought it would be the other way around! There aren’t really any major spoilers if you happen to read the books in the wrong order – although people and events from the first story are mentioned in this book it’s set about 18 years later in another country with new characters.

Although it’s a perfectly well written book it’s just not complex enough f
Jan 01, 2012 Sangita rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-starred, historical
Rain has to leave, otherwise her family will be in danger. If she doesn't who will design the windows of the palace, in Magharna. However, when Rain arrives in the strange land of Magharna she and her companions are captured by a group of bandits. Everything has gone wrong wit a blink of an eye.
Will someone save her from these group of bandits . . .

Well, what a good good book to read when you need a break from all the vampires and werewolves and angels and demons and etc etc. The list will go on
Mar 30, 2012 Ceili rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I only read this book because I enjoyed Golding's other fantasy novel, "Dragonfly". however, compared to that book, "The Glass Swallow" was very disappointing. The romance was bland, and I really disliked Peri, the falconer who becomes Rain's love interest. He treated her like a child who couldn't do anything for herself. He limited her with his overprotectiveness, shut down every idea she had as "too dangerous", and acted as though he knew better than her, like he thought he was her dad or some ...more
Aug 25, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mind-blowing
im a big fan of jualia goldings work, and she didnt disappoint with this latest book. as always she has creative plots that meld perfectly with her characters, this book was no exception. i liked it just a little more than its comapanion book "dragonfly". which is saying alot, because i really LOVED that book.
Thea Tabanas
Jul 04, 2016 Thea Tabanas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I should have never waited this long to write a review about a book I finished weeks ago... That was a terrible idea, but I can't help doing it lol (I didn't have time to)

Rain Glassmaker travels to another nation (whose name I forgot), one that has newly opened their doors to outside nations, to design a stained glass window for that nation's ruler with her cousin. Unbeknownst to her, that nation has major economic problems. More people are losing their homes. Unemployment is rising. The
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
The Glass Swallow is a companion novel to Dragonfly, which I read, and loved, a couple years ago. The main characters from Dragonfly do make a brief appearance, but are, for the most part, quite distant. Nonetheless, this was quite a satisfying companion to that fantastic book.

What makes these books, and probably the others of Julia Golding that I have yet to read, so fantastic is how strong her heroines are. Rain lacks physical strength pretty much entirely. She is diminutive, especially in thi
Jun 27, 2013 Rea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Enjoyable fantasy. For some reason I went into it thinking it was set in a dystopian version of the USA but this is definitely second world. I suspect I got it mixed up with another book because even the synopsis makes it obvious that this is pure fantasy.

I enjoyed the story of a young girl, Rain, who's thrown into a different culture with no one to turn to, having to do everything all on her own. She never ceases to be amazed by the differences between her own culture and the Magharnan culture.
While I liked The Glass Swallow ok it did have its flaws. It was not nearly as good as its companion novel Dragonfly. I was hoping for more of the adventure that was found in that story.

One thing I had a problem with was the part in the book where the main character decides that a murdering bandit was just forced into the life he leads. In her mind he had no choice, because he was thrown out of the city and had no other means to provide for himself. So she walks into his camp with a gift for hi
Leanne Bell
Despite the slow start, i found this a heart-warming and truly charming read. The first 30 pages or so were a bit descriptive and not much happened, except for a bit of scene setting, but then everything kicked off.

Rain, a glassmakers' daughter, is forbidden to design and make glass because of the simple fact that she's a woman, and the glass makers guild is ridiculously sexist.
However, Rain has secretly been designing her fathers glass for a few years, and when the distant land of Magharna asks
3 1\2 stars. I enjoyed reading this and will probably end up re reading at some point but it was lacking in some respects. I liked characters over all; loved Mikal and Ret. Their father\daughter(Mikal and Rain) and brother\sister (Ret and Rain) relationships were well done and very nice to read. Rain was good. Peri was too annoying and over protective at times and I just felt like hitting him on the head, yelling,"You don't even know her!You can't tell her what to do. Lay off." And Rain, stubbor ...more
Jan 19, 2013 Kristen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013

This book started out SO well, it pains me to give it the rating I did. I even, before I finished it, recommended it to some of my bookish friends. But around the halfway point, at a critical point of rising action, the book jumps the tracks in a way that felt completely unbelievable and lacking in the groundwork that might have made a disbelief-damaging plot twist a little more okay.

But no.

The reader is offered very little context that would make this character shift palatable. This irks me SO
Andrea Wright
Feb 28, 2016 Andrea Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked this book up for a reading challenge using the word Swallow in the title. Completely loved the story and the strong statements about social and gender issues that resonate in life. I just may have to check out other books by this author.
Johnny Bennett
Sep 13, 2016 Johnny Bennett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Glass Swallow, by Julia Golding, is considered the sequel to Dragonfly. In reality, that is a stretch. Characters from Dragonfly cameo in The Glass Swallow but the events are twenty years in future and most of the time, Dragonfly characters might as well not exist. There is no requirement to read Dragonfly first.
Of note, the purchased copy from Amazon had jumbled pages in chapter two and chapter three didn't finish. The words trailed across the page and then stopped mid sentence. The rest o
Feb 26, 2015 Cheryl rated it liked it
Ok, just like the previous book, her ideas hinge on different cultures clashing. I did like what they did with the book, but found some details hard to believe. In the previous book, the leaders are now older and the leaders of the origin country the protagonist is from. I doubt they would not allow a woman to practice as Tashi's origin country (the islands) were woman dominant. So that was certainly not easy to believe, and near the end, the fact that Krital had his heart set on being leader th ...more
Oct 08, 2015 Kaylabee rated it liked it
This is a fairly solid story. The romance in it felt a little bit scary. Like, I'm sorry, I just don't like guys who think they can yank me around and completely disregard my thoughts and feelings on things. But the writer kept playing it off like, "well, she likes him so it's ok." So that bit I wasn't super happy with.
One thing that I DID really enjoy was the political upheaval and whatnot. It was really interesting to see a country rebuilt from the ground up. It was very realistic! Then when
The story is quite ok but the romance is not well written. Don't insist putting it in if it won't end up good. I find their relationship progress is... dull. For everything else, from the caste conflict till the happy ending, it should have 4 stars. I'm cutting one for the disappointing romance.
Jessica Froberg
Mar 31, 2016 Jessica Froberg rated it it was ok
Wow. This book was a hot mess. Not the plot, it was fine, but the characters!!! The love interest was horrible. The main character hated her uncles who told her not to do things and ordered her around condescendingly, then, she meets a hot guy who orders her around condescendingly and won't let her do anything and she loves him! They were awful together, to the point where I was rooting for him dying. Then, don't get me started on her! She is a typical Mary Sue that doesn't know she's beautiful ...more
Jul 30, 2016 Nina rated it really liked it
Shelves: strong-heroine
I loved Dragonfly so I was super excited to read this book.

Rain is a believable heroine - she has a lot of faith in others and a big part of the reason she's able to do so much is because she brings out the best in others. It's a trait I really liked a lot. Mikel was an adorable father-figure and I think I want a book from Ret's perspective.

That said. I was not a fan of Peri. I love a good romance and it's not too hard usually for me to like the love interest, but Peri's hard to stomach. He sta
Jul 13, 2016 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So so so so GOOD! I really liked how Julia Golding made Rain her own character instead of a copy of Taoshira. All girls are different and when called little girls they react differently. Rain reacts and proves herself in her own way; showing us that you don't always have to be Tris from Divergent to be a strong woman. The romance in this novel was bittersweet, just like chocolate chips! (Which I ate while reading the book). Overall this book is wonderful! If you're wondering if you should read i ...more
Jun 19, 2016 Normalene rated it it was amazing
I think this is set in the same world as Dragonfly but in a different part. It was awesome in how it portrays strong women who won't stay in "their place". Rain is a stained glass designer who hides behind her fathers name because in her country women aren't allowed to be glassworkers. When an opportunity to travel to another country to "assist" her betrothed cousin design windows for a new summer palace, she jumps at the chance. But things go wrong almost immediately and she has to work very ha ...more
3.5 stars
Better than expected!

The first few chapters didn't give me a very good impression (too many adverbs & adjectives, info-dumping..) but it really picked up.

I liked Rain - she's a genuinely strong heroine and shows it with her actions. She had a lovely compassionate side and an ability to act on her beliefs. Also, her father was a really good character, and it was really nice to read a young adult book where the parents aren't killed off.

Unfortunately, I didn't like Peri. I realise he
Jo Oehrlein
Aug 03, 2014 Jo Oehrlein rated it liked it
The swallow reference is kind of random. She puts a swallow into her work, but it's a kind of toss-away piece of information in the book -- not related to the story at all.

Not sure about the ending. Why would they care about glass trade with another country? They were doing fine on their own. Peri's calm would make him a good ambassador, but I don't know that he has shown the ability to see politically.

Her father was drawn so broadly that he really didn't have a character. What do you think his
Golding has done it again. This book made me smile, laugh, worry. I loved the characters, the setting, the plot, the romance, everything about it. My first five star of 2014, it's going to be hard to beat.

Rain is a female glassmaker, illegal in the country of Holt. Her designs are all over the city, but no one knows the beauty she created. Then an opportunity comes up to go to a new country and she snatches it up in hopes that she can make something of herself and her family. Tragedy strikes tho
I loved this book! The cover has been enticing me for months but I was too nervous to try it--mostly because I thought that it would be a dystopian novel. (By the way, the cover here is not the one I am familiar with. The one I have been looking at is dark blue with a picture of a stained-glass swallow on the front. The cover is very simple but extremely effective.)

Rain is a glassmaker, but she isn't supposed to be. The glassmaking guild in her country forbids women to make glass. However, when
Sep 03, 2012 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, fantasy
I had such high hopes for this book. I loved Dragonfly, but this one doesn't live up to Ramil and Tashi's story.

Rain is a glassmaker in hiding. Even though Ramil has taken over Holt and made lots of changes from when Fergox ruled, girls are still not allowed in the glassmaker guild. Her father hides her talent until an opportunity comes to send a glassmaker to a new land. Rain goes and is promptly caught in a bandit raid. She is the only survivor and is rescued by Peri. He is a falconer but con
Jul 12, 2010 Mable rated it liked it
I liked it but I didn't love it and adore as much as Dragonfly. I was really quite sad that the book focused on new characters and not the old ones even though there were cameo appearances and few mentions of their names but that's about it. I was even more sad that many years have passed since the last book ended like 15 or so years later into the future. Maybe it's because this book is a companion novel. I don't like how in some places that I found that they labeled this book as a sequel becau ...more
Feb 18, 2012 Regina rated it really liked it
Lovely! i truly enjoyed this book. i think that the heroine was strong in a way that was not overdone and though both Rain and Peri had their own flaws, they are still likeable and makes you wanna root for em. The premise of a caste system is interesting as it reminds me of the one India had where you were born into a class and the bottom of the classes are the untouchables(called scavengers in the book). Reading about caste systems like these always produce mixed feelings in me as i struggle to ...more
Cheryl Rainfield
Jun 30, 2011 Cheryl Rainfield rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy
The Glass Swallow
Julia Golding
Marshall Cavendish (October 2011) (pre-order)
ISBN-10: 0761459790
ISBN-13: 978-0761459798

My review: 5/5 stars

I have found another YA fantasy author who has quickly become a favorite of mine–Julia Golding. (You can bet I’m going to run out and find all of her other books now.)

The Glass Swallow is a wonderful read–it has a strong girl character; suspense and danger; romance; and the strong girl pulling together everything to make things work out.

In The Glass Swallow, Ra
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