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Island of Glass: The Age of Magic (The Age of Magic:The Glassmakers Book 1)

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Seventeen-year-old Chiara Dragoni is a master glassmaker of Venice, a position that is both a privilege — and a trap. For the glassmakers of Murano are forbidden to ever leave the islands of the Venetian lagoon.

When Chiara's uncle is caught on the mainland and thrown into the dungeon of the Doge's Palace, she must use all her talents, including magic, to help free him. B
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Kindle Edition, 152 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Red Dragon Books (first published June 11th 2014)
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Nola
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
All art includes magic

Such a creative way in which this book is written. The story appears to be written about a young woman who is a master artist in glasswork. The message goes beyond that. There are descriptions of Murano and Venice that make you feel as though you are there despite it being a fictional world. Or is it? The book tells the story of making glass, the hard work, the results. You picture yourself gazing into the 'thousand flowers' designs and wondering how it is even possible to
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Melissa Swafford
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was first attracted to this book because the main character has the same name as my grand-daughter. She is quick witted, talented and resourceful. The story moves along at a quick pace and doesn't stray from the main storyline. Overall, a good read. I was provided with a free copy of this book so I could give an honest review. ...more
Susan
This was a quick, easy read. The characters were likeable, if not very complex. But it was the underlying concept and the continuing movement of the action that kept me reading.

I appreciated that the ending, while it made me want to continue with the series(if there are more), didn't feel like one of those artificial cliff-hangers that are so common in ya series books.
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Emily Wrayburn
Originally posted at A Keyboard and an Open Mind

I have read some of Ruth Nestvold’s books of short stories, but I have to admit it was a while ago. However, when Ruth started sharing excerpts of Island of Glass on her blog for WIPpet Wednesdays, I became pretty excited to read it in its entirety. It did not disappoint.

Island of Glass is set in an alternate 17th century Venice, where alchemy won over chemistry and thus began the Age of Magic. Chiara Dragoni is a maestra glass maker in Murano and
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Bridgette
When I came across this book, I knew I had to read it. Cinderella is my favorite fairy tale so The Island of Glass was a natural choice for me. There are glass slippers, a handsome prince, a godmother, and magic in this story, which I found delightful and charming.

The story is set in an alternate Venice that is subtly different from the historical Venice. Murano is a real island that really is known for its glass. Its glassmakers, although wealthy, really were subject to Venetian law. Even thoug
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Diana Woolley
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ruth Nestvold is definitely someone who thinks out of the box. The author has taken a story about the Venetian glass makers and made it into an enchanting tale about a young glass maker who because of unforeseen consequences must use magic to escape the only place she has ever lived. Island of Glass takes you on a magical journey of magic and intrigue. This book is a great read for young and old alike. I did not want to leave Chiara’s world and am looking forward to the rest of her story.
Cat Bras
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The only problem for me was the repitition from the main character when describing things. Like how her family was trapped and it was unfair for the Jews in their city. Would recommend this story to others.
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Ruth Nestvold has published widely in science fiction and fantasy, her fiction appearing in such markets as Asimov’s, F&SF, Baen’s Universe, Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy, and Gardner Dozois’s Year’s Best Science Fiction. Her work has been nominated for the Nebula, Tiptree, and Sturgeon Awards. In 2007, the Italian translation of her novella “Looking Through Lace” won the “Premio Italia” awa ...more

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“Anyone who knew the recipe of the alchemists could make gold, but only the artisans of Murano could make glass so fine, one could nearly touch one's fingers together on either side; cristallo without an imperfection or blemish, clear as the sky, with a sparkle to rival that of diamonds.” 0 likes
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