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A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
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Sep 16, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: childrens-fiction
Read in September, 2012

A beautiful story in a fantastical setting. I loved the world of Caverna, with its artisans and cartographers, and the glittering dangerous intrigue of Court. Neverfell is a unique heroine, whose "overactive mind ... had gone a little mad to avoid going wholly mad." The supporting characters are also infinitely varied and three-dimensional. I loved Zouelle, as her actions constantly surprised me. And how delicious is Frances Hardinge's writing? I think one of my favourite quotes is a line from the beginning describing Neverfell: Despite her best efforts she was a skinny, long-boned tangle of fidget and frisk, with feet that would not stay still, and elbows made to knock things off shelves. As for the epilogue -- achingly lovely.

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