The Glass Demon
Teenager Lin Fox is a stranger in a strange land—Germany, where her father has come on a quixotic quest to locate a priceless artifact. The medieval (and possibly mythical) Allerheiligen stained glass is believed by some to be lost, by others to have been destroyed, and by virtually all to be haunted. A mysterio ...more
BUT.....to my delight it achieved this. I wou ...more
While I did like the use of the occasional intriguing vocabulary word, Grant's strange metaphors were literally head-shake inducing. An example:
"...that he would drop this surmise into the current of gossip that ran through the school, like a hippo releasing a turd int ...more
Things I loved: Terrific tension--The Glass Demon is really scary! Great writing. Realism of Lin's family: they're not absent, they loom large in the story an ...more
Secretive townsfolk, open hostility, even unhelpful law enforcers seem to point to only one thing. No one wants the glass to be found. What they do want is the Foxes out of their town, or dead.
The main story was mystery and horror combined, underscored with the secondary plot of Lin’s sister, Polly, having anore ...more
I really didn't get this book. A demon haunting medieval stained glass...not really ...more
SPOILERS, COMING, MAYBE
What disappointed was the reveal of the villain--there were several suspects--including the title demon right up to the end--but not enough information was given for the reader to do anything but guess. That means ...more
Among the mitigating factors why this book became a favorite of mine is that I am a medievalist; I love a good mystery; I spent a year, which included a summer, wandering the countryside of Germany before my senior year, visiting abbeys, cathedrals and castle ruins. Heck, I am even writing a book about my adventures called ‘The Gargoyle Girls’! This story made me feel like I was back there doing it all over again. ...more
Lin is the seventeen-year-old narrator and she's a wonderful protagonist. She's smart and brave, but at the same time slightly self-centered and self-absorbe ...more
Narrator: This story is told entirely through the eyes of one of the Professor's teenage daughter, Lin. This me ...more
This book builds slowly, revealing the mystery ...more
The boo ...more
The subject: a set of stained-glass windows that seem to be connected with a series of deaths and the rumor of a demon...
The setting: a small village in Germany in the present-day. (Points for a setting outside the U.S. or Britain!) Some of it feels Gothic, though — in the best sense.
Shutter speed: steady. It's not a thrilling page-flipper, but the mystery builds continually as one creepy event after another occurs. The pattern of events turns out to be prett ...more
Grant took a risk when writing The Glass Demon - even though the novel is narrated by an English girl, it is set in Germany and the major ...more
Lin was a good character. She hated having to move into Germany and she had her faults, and her good points. Though she wasn't a super memorable character, she was nice to read. The other characters were much more interesting, especially Tuesday, and her dad. Tuesday seemed like an airhead who didn't care about her kids at all, but when one of them was threatened, we really see how much she ca ...more
At first however, I wasn't too enthusiastic. I opened it and saw it was written in a first person narrative. I generally tend to like less this type of narrative, because I often don't believe in the way the character is supposed to think. I often don't buy their wording, I see the author behind and have more difficulty to be taken by the story and characters.
But here, I almost immediately realized that ...more
When the first thing that happens to you upon moving to a new town is discovering a corpse perhaps that should be taken as a sign of things to come! When you are a teenage girl moving to Germany from England, at the behest of your father the professor, and he doesn 19t want to call the police to report the finding so he won 19t get delayed, it becomes the worst thing that has ever happened to you.
In this Young Adult novel Lin, a teenage girl and her family move to a small burg in ...more
Helen Grant (born 1964 in London) is an English author of novels for young adults, now based in Scotland. She was educated at Dr Challoner's High School and went on to read classics at St Hugh's College, Oxford. Her first novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, was published by Penguin Books in April 2009. It was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the CILIP Carnegie Medal. It has...more