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Storm Glass

(Harbinger #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  16,006 ratings  ·  1,088 reviews
Theirs is a world of opposites. The privileged live in sky manors held aloft by a secretive magic known only as the Mysteries. Below, the earthbound poor are forced into factory work to maintain the engine of commerce. Only the wealthy can afford to learn the Mysteries, and they use their knowledge to further lock their hold on society.

Cettie Pratt is a waif doomed to the

Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by 47North
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Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Two young girls. Two distinct, opposite worlds. Cettie of the Fells lives in a dark world, a world of poverty, hunger and disease. Her clothing is threadbare and there are holes in her shoes. Stealing food is the only way to obtain nourishment. Sera Fitzempress lives in a floating manor in the upper world of wealth and privilege. Beautiful waterfalls are found on her estate in the clouds. The water turns to mist before it reaches the underbelly of society, the home of the poor and wretched. The ...more
Montzalee Wittmann
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Storm Glass by Jeff Wheeler and narrated by Kate Rudd is a fabulous world that is fleshed out magnificently! Floating mountain cities, the poor people and the life they live on the ground, the magic that keeps things going they call the "Mysteries" , and the ship's that soar through the sky! It is all so cool!
The characters are well developed and either terrifying or wonderful. Sure their are others but all are unique!
The narration is excellent too! I will certainly follow this series!
R.K. Gold
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I don’t feel like writing a full review. It had its moments but I wasn’t invested in any of the characters. I may continue the series because I have KU and I definitely want to watch the antagonists lose.
"We all learn, little woman, that before we can be old and wise, we must at first be very young and foolish."

This is marketed as young adult, and while the writing style and pacing were definitely of that genre, the main characters were both 12 throughout the entire novel, which was surprising to me at first. The plot was well paced, though, and the characters well rounded, so it was not a bad thing by any means.

I was drawn into the story and the world as soon as Cettie's character was introduce
Mel (Epic Reading)
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
Whew! This book really surprised me. The main two girls POV we get are so well done. The economic and social lessons are brilliant. The plot is fast and interesting. I would love to see this picked up by a major publisher so it isn’t restricted to Kindle. Because of the kindle only format, I had to read this book on my phone instead of my e-reader. However it’s a testament to how well done it is that I didn’t mind reading on my phone one bit.

World Building
Normally what Jeff Wheeler has done to
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Storm Glass is set in a Dickensian world where the the wealthy live in manors magically suspended in the sky by means of something called the 'mysteries", something only the sky-dwellers are privy to learn and understand. The unfortunate, impoverished people live below in "the Fells", where their short lives are marked by hard work, hunger, and meager means. This duality is explored through two characters: Seraphin Fitzempress, heir to the throne, who is kept isolated from everyone by her father ...more
Amber J
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
“No one truly belongs anywhere, Cettie. We each are given a life to live. And we live it as best we can.”
― Jeff Wheeler, Storm Glass

I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler free way. If you feel anything in my review is a spoiler and is not already hidden in spoiler brackets please let me know. Thank you.

12 year old Cettie is parentless, hungry, and scared. Till a man comes. He can see her ghosts too, and he can banish them. After a plea from her, she is off to stay with him

Intrigued to bored to OMG IT'S OVER!

Storm Glass was an interesting book. I found the cover to be cool looking and the synopsis to be interesting.. and so I dove into it. However, after diving into it I was going through the roller coaster of this is boring to ooooo I am intrigued. I will also admit that this book had some good twists and turns that I didn't always see coming. Especially that ending.

Cettie and Sera were adorable. I liked how they were constantly intrigued and up for the challenge
BAM the enigma
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Netgalley #64

Many thanks to Jeff Wheeler, 47 North, and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.
Jeff Wheeler is the father of clean fantasy. I love his Kingfountain series. So when I saw he was created a new world I jumped at the chance to read about it. This one is set above the clouds. And on the dirty ground. Guess who's rich and in power? We find an orphan, Cettie, with an ability to sense ghosts rescued by a brilliant politician, Fitzroy, who takes her home and prepares to
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, own
You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....

Storm Glass was a cool fantasy novel that followed the lives of two young girls who came from very different parts of the fantasy world created in the book. Sera was a princess and lived on a floating manor in the sky and Cettie was practically homeless and living with the poor in the world down below.

The fantasy world created was quite fascinating. Although there are many modern inventions such as zephers, which are like
Liz Leiby
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This is somewhere between 2.5 and 3 for me. Low end because the writing was not my favorite. I felt like the author did a lot of “telling” - it made me, as a reader, feel like the author assumed we (readers) would be stupid. Maybe this book is suppose to be for an audience who doesn’t pick up on things easily, but even if I was 16, I think I would still feel almost insulted by this writing style. Give the reader a little credit, ya know? Needless to say, it wasn’t for me.

What DID work for this
Absolutely nothing happens in the first 70% of this book. The next 25% has an actual plot, and the last 5% is "hey, there's definitely going to be a sequel, yo." ...more
Tana 🌻 Cozyreadings
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it

Copy provided by netgalley in Exchange for an honest review

Just because something doesn't happen constantly doesn't mean it won't happen at all. Many of the consequences we face are delayed.

3.75 stars

Going into this I only saw positive reviews, so my attention was immediately grabbed. The whole mysteries thing was really interesting to me.
I enjoyed it enough, and it was nice to read from the perspective of two young girls. However the plot didn’t really grip me. It took me wh
What a fabulous start to a new to me series! I've recently been dipping my feet into the fantasy genre more and more and I'm finding little gems all over the place! This one was a little different from other ones I've read ; the two main characters are young girls aged 12/13 ish but the book they never felt that young at all, I felt throughout the story they were in their teens. There were floating castles and air ships ! And not air ships like future sci-fi stuff.. but like sailing ships from w ...more
Quintin Zimmermann
Floating cities levitating above the muck and mire of the downcast. So begins a new series by Jeff Wheeler, which is set centuries after his lauded Covenant of Muirwood series.

The two main protagonists are the young girls, Cettie and Sera, representing the dichotomous nature of society, in a world whose nature is not too dissimilar to our own.

This world is imbued with rites of power, which are as Delphic as they are complex. This power is only studied by the privileged few with four major scho
Jul 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a really good.

I usually like a more of a fast paced book but this book although not fast held my interest from start to finish with great world building and the loveable Cettie, a little girl who although hungry and cold herself try to give comfort and warmth to the younger children in the house of unwanted children.

Cettie was then taken away early in the story to face even more challenges just when things were starting to look up, having to face yet more problems with the new family t
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Apr 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Well i flew through that in T-24 hours with a mix of reading and listening. I like his idea of imposing regency England style on a fantasy setting of floating cities and estates, huge social hierarchy, and the poor struggling below.

Two strong young protagonists with opposite upbringings but similar end goals. How to help the poor when the entire system is designed to keep people down and in debt?

A host of side characters worth mentioning. Mysteries of the world, again tied into morality it seems
Kelby *TwistedCactusReads*
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I have to say that I have never read anything with a world quite like this one. Mansions in the sky held by a “Mysteries” system that no one seems to fully understand and a society where the rich live above and the poor live below.
Cettie is from the Fells, a poverish and dangerous place, while Sera lives in the sky. From a rich royal family, Sera longs for companionship and wants to figure out a way to help those “below” and se
Jul 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Another Christian allegory that once again wasn't made obvious until book five. I really need to research my author better. ...more
K.A. Linde
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Omg omg omg! Jeff Wheeler says this is a stand alone series but OMGGGGG!!! Flails! Muirwood!
Eric Allen
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
What's this? A steampunk book that ISN'T so far up it's own ass that it can see teeth? Sign me up!

My biggest problem with Steampunk books is that they take themselves WAY TOO SERIOUSLY, are often pretentious as shit, and are rarely ever well written. This book is like if Steampunk and Fantasy had a one night stand and were too drunk to use protection. It has elements of both genres and they're mixed together in a pretty fun way. I quite enjoyed the setting and the characters, though the book is
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay... For the most part I really enjoyed this book. I liked the two different perspectives in social class and wealth. The contrast made it an exceptional story. I also have always loved the idea of living on floating castles and cities. It was no surprise that I was drawn to such a storyline. This definitely felt like a coming of age story in the sense both girls are struggling with their place in the world and who they are. Of course it leads to a journey of self discovery but it's not as si ...more
Kara Babcock
I enjoyed Storm Glass more than I thought I would when I first started. For whatever reason, I’m not aboard the young adult fantasy train right now, which is a shame, because there’s plenty of young adult fantasy I want to read, but I’m hesitant to go into it until I’m in the right mood! Still, I received this from NetGalley in exchange for a review, so a reading and a review it will get!

Imagine, if you will, a Regency England in which the rich live in floating manors and the poor live in the Fe
Theirs is a world of opposites. The privileged live in sky manors held aloft by a secretive magic known only as the Mysteries. Below, the earthbound poor are forced into factory work to maintain the engine of commerce. Only the wealthy can afford to learn the Mysteries, and they use their knowledge to further lock their hold on society.

Cettie Pratt is a waif doomed to the world below, until an admiral attempts to adopt her. But in her new home in the clouds, not everyone treats her as one of the
Jonathan Donihue
Another wonderful addition to the world of Muirwood Abbey. Once again Mr Wheeler has delighted me with the wisdom, magic, and love that he shares through the teachings of the Mastons. I can't wait to read the next one in the series. ...more
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Cettie is an orphan/slave in the Fells, the poor community on the ground. Her contract is held by a cruel woman who starves the kids in her care - until she is rescued by Fitzroy, a former admiral with a manor in the sky. He discovers that Cettie has some special abilities with "the Mysteries" and agrees to try to adopt her.

Sera is a princess of the realm. She is a bit spoiled but has an interest in the poor masses that live below the cities in the sky. As an heir to the throne, she believes it
Al Burke
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this. So much going on behind the scenes that I almost want to read the sequel now.

Cettie grew up as an orphan in the Fells, a city tenement with a high mortality rate for the disenfranchised. She isn't like the other kids though. She can see ghosts, feel their pain and desire to hurt her. She constantly dreams of a better life, living among the clouds with the nobility. When a nobleman comes to her orphanage, she asks him if she can go with him, he agrees.

Sera is the opposite. Th
Jan 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Gave up at 50%. I have only so much tolerance for shallow politics and morality. A few especially annoying points:
- All nobles who care about etiquette and fashion are shallow.
- Poverty seems to be there because nobles LIKE people being poor. Hurray for a nuanced worldview.
- Heiress to the empire is the only person in her family who "cares about the poor". Isn't it convenient when everyone is evil except for your main characters.
- Working class life is endless, uninterrupted misery, with no appa
it is like Charles Dickens but in a fantasy novel, despite being YA it holds up well for all ages. I have since seen the authors preferred reading order so may backtrack and start in the proper spot and pick up this series after
Blodeuedd Finland
I should have written this two days ago!

Ok, cool world. There are mysteries and as Cettie does not know them yet neither do we. Like how do the floating islands keep on floating? What makes skyships fly? It is a more industrialized fantasy world in a way. But not that much since "magic" rules.

There seems to be ghosts and other things...what I do not know yet

And the rich live in the sky while the downtrodden live below in filth.

Cettie is rescued. Though all I was thinking was omg she is leaving t
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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jeff Wheeler took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to write full-time. He is a husband, father of five, and a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jeff lives in the Rocky Mountains.

Jeff's blog and suggested reading order can be found on his website: http://www.jeff-wheeler.com/

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