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Bluecrowne: A Greenglass House Story

(Greenglass House #3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  307 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Return to the world of the bestselling Greenglass House, where smugglers, magic, and pyrotechnics mix, in a new adventure from a New York Times best-selling, National Book Award-nominated, and Edgar Award-winning author.
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Clarion Books (first published May 1st 2014)
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Shannon I don't feel like you necessarily *have* to, and I haven't read The Kairos Mechanism myself yet, but you might be missing a tiny bit of the larger…moreI don't feel like you necessarily *have* to, and I haven't read The Kairos Mechanism myself yet, but you might be missing a tiny bit of the larger universe going on. Probably won't affect your experience any, since Bluecrowne has more to do with the Greenglass House books than anything else.(less)
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Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Twelve-year-old Lucy Bluecrowne has spent her entire life on board her father's ship, The Left-Handed Fate her father's ship. Captain Bluecrowne has constructed the marvelous Greenglass House for her, based on all of the houses she has admired over the years, in their various ports of call. While Lucy is upset about being left behind, she is joined by her half-brother Liao, and his mysterious mother, Lady Xiaoming, both of whom she loves. Meanwhile, two nefarious characters come to disrupt their ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Who Enjoyed the Greenglass House Books / Kate Milford Fans
The year is 1810, and Lucy Bluecrowne, dismayed at the prospect of being exiled from her long-time home aboard her father's ship, the Left-Handed Fate, does her best to accept these new "orders," and to reconcile herself to her new life on land. It helps that she will be living with her stepmother, Xiaoming, and her half brother Liao, and that her father has constructed the marvelous Greenglass House for her, based on all of the houses she has admired over the years, in their various ports of ca ...more
Twelve-year-old Lucy Bluecrowne has spent her entire life on board The Left-Handed Fate her father's ship. Captain Bluecrowne has a letter of marque from King George III and all Lucy's life Papa and the Fate have been chasing the French capturing prizes and sometimes doing battle. Now Papa is forcing Lucy ashore. Papa has built a house for Lucy, her half-brother Liao and his mother Lady Xiaoming. Lucy resents being left behind while her Papa sails off without her. What on earth will she do with ...more
katayoun Masoodi
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy, ebook
i really, really like milford's writing and her main characters, her magic is the kind that goes well with me and so that said it makes me biased. i enjoy her books and don't see a lot of flaws. though i always start her books a little scared and also when i am in a good mood, cause her villains are bad in a scary way, psychopaths in children's books are super scary.
Ava Thompson
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes the five-star rating system annoys me. I mean, it has its good sides-- simpler, takes up less space, etc-- but what about the books that aren't five stars, but they aren't really four stars either?

That's the way Bluecrowne, the tangled origin story of the smuggler's refuge Greenglass House, was to me. Bluecrowne is like all of Kate Milford's books; deep, mysterious, and with an undertone of magic that is far from Fairy Godmothers and sparkling wands. Closer, instead, to conflagrationee
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good story for your young readers and even teens. It mixes history, magic and pirates. A combination children will love. This is book that combines two series, It is Book 2 in the Arcana series and book #3 in the Greenglass house series. I think I'll have to find the previous books but this one is pretty good as a stand alone. Lucy Bluecrowne is left on dry land with her young brother and step-mother as her father heads back to sea. She is sad but resigned. When her young brother is k ...more
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In 2010, I put Kate Milford’s The Boneshaker on my list of favorite books of the year. In 2012, I put her The Broken Lands on my list of favorite books of the year. Well, another two years have passed, Milford is out with another story, and, well, you know the rest . . .

Though maybe not all the rest, as there’s a bit of a twist to her newest work, Bluecrowne. Like her last work, The Kairos Mechanism, this brief novel (220 pages) is part of her Arcana Project, a Kickstarter project to self-publis
Wendy MacKnight
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
Holy cow what an amazing book! And now I have to go back and read the earlier works! Milford is a master of world building and research, both of which make her characters and plot shine! Truly genius!
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, I wasn't expecting *that* after the first two Greenglass titles, but I really enjoyed it. For how it fit with the others and how it diverged. Dang, I love Milford's writing. And the world she's created - the sorta-other-universe Nagspeake of the first two books is awesome. This ratchets that Nagspeake up several levels.
Ms. Yingling
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
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Do love these, but getting students to check the first one out has been a struggle. I am very fortunate that our public library delivers right to our school, so my students can still get a sequel even if I don't buy it.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-6th-grade
Now that I know the history of the house, I want to go back and reread the other books so that I can figure out which were the items left behind. I need more time to read!!!
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rc18, 2018
so satisfying! fans of Greenglass House and The Left-handed Fate will not be disappointed!
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I think, with this latest book, Milford has managed to smush together something from all of her previous books! It centers on the first residents of Greenglass House, and is billed as a Greenglass House story, but the characters are from her book The Left Handed Fate, among others. Well done, Ms Milford. Anyway, 12 year old Lucy finds herself off a ship for the first time in her life and settling into Greenglass House with her stepmother and little brother
Sarah Sammis
Milford says in the afterword that Bluecrowne serves to explain why the original family chose not to live in their beautiful house. In this regard, I am reminded of The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (and the recent ten episode adaptation for Netflix). Lansdegown is like Hill House, except that it is happy. Both are impossible to navigate places. Both are haunted. Both are ever vigilant. Both are self aware. I will write more on these two houses at a later date, once I have finished r ...more
Jordan Finch
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Milford is such a master of blending the fantastical with historical and action elements, and Bluecrowne is no exception.

Although it's short, there's plenty of plot, and there's a lot to connect Bluecrowne to the other stories in Milford's shared book universe. Lucy and Liao, the stars of the story, have such different personalities, and their differences yet their shared experiences make them a fun pair. The unique family structure they're part of is sweet as well, and I especially like Xiaomin
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-kid-lit
Lucy Bluecrowne has spent half her life on board her father's ship, the Left-Handed Fate, but now he has decided that Lucy, her half-brother, and stepmother must live on land where it is safe. But is it really safe? As soon as the family begins to explore the city of Nagspeake, they encounter all sorts of odd characters. There is Trigemine, who has come to look for an item his employer Morvengarde is determined to acquire. Blister, a master of pyrotechnics, is assisting Trigemine in locating ano ...more
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-fiction
Another fun book from Kate Milford with mysterious bad baddies and resourceful kids nearly in over their heads. I backed the kickstarter campaign. In some ways similar to The Broken Lands, with fireworks, but I found this an easier read and faster.
Mark Buxton
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My name is Lucy, and I'm pretty upset that my father is forcing me to live ashore in a huge house. I miss helping the crew aboard my father's ship, as we sailed across the seas. However, my half-brother Liao is excited, and he even has his own shed where he can practice making rockets and other explosives. He has a natural talent for pyrotechnics, and it's attracted the interest of two strangers. One man has promised to teach Liao more about his skill, but the other one said something about time ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whether or not readers are familiar with Milford's other works, The Left-Handed Fate, Greenglass House, or others, Bluecrowne is a magical adventure story that will fully immerse readers in a world where practical things like fire, time and even tools, could become magic.

Lucy Bluecrowne isn't really feeling the magic of her new house in Nagspeake. She's used to a life aboard ship, her father's ship, The Left-Handed Fate, and isn't all too interested in spending time ashore. But Captain Bluecrow
I am amazed at Kate Milford's attention to detail and historical facts. You can tell she knows a lot about her subjects, namely fireworks and ships/sailing in Bluecrowne. The other amazing thing about her books is how interconnected they all are. I have read both of her Greenglass novels and loved them so much. As soon as I heard a prequel was coming, I couldn't wait to read it.

Unlike the Greenglass House novels, this one is less mystery and more fantasy. There is magic, time travel, and a folkl
Lucy Bluecrowne is not happy to be leaving The Left-Handed Fate and moving to Nagspeake. She is a privateer not a landlubber. She can't change her father's mind. He is determined to keep his family safe and has built Greenglass House for them. Lucy and her brother Liao and her stepmother Xiaoming are settling into their new home when they meet traveling peddlers. However, Trigemine and Blister are not who they appear to be. They are shady characters on a mission through time and the Bluecrowne f ...more
A prequel to books Greenglass House and part of the Arcana and Boneshaker world. Lucy loves life on the seas, but her father has purchased a new home in Nagspeake for Lucy and her brother to live in while he goes off on nautical adventures as a privateer. Lucy finds a small boat to renovate to keep her mind off the hurt she feels, while her Chinese brother Liao, talented in created fireworks, meets a man who has things he can teach him, but has ulterior motives for approaching Liao. Characters f ...more
This is the 3rd book in the Greenglass House series and the 2nd in the Arcana series. I really enjoyed a lot of Milford’s earlier books, thought Greenglass House was okay, but didn’t finish the Ghosts of Greenglass House. This book was better than the Ghosts of Greenglass House but I still didn’t love it. This book could be read as a stand alone and isn’t completely dependent on the previous books in the series.

This book is about the history of Greenglass House and follows Lucy’s story. Lucy and
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I remember enjoying the original Kickstarter version of Bluecrowne very much. But this revised and updated Bluecrowne is freaking awesome. A couple of minor tweaks and changes have made ALL the difference. I was 100% emotionally invested in the outcome of this fully imagined cast of characters.

There’s time travel, Chinese alchemy and divination, fireworks, terrifying villains, nail-biting suspense AND a lead protagonist who utters the words SPOILER ALERT “fire, walk with me”?!??! END SPOILER AL
Ignis Blister and Toulk Trigemine work for Morvengarde. Morvengarde wants a conflagrationeer (someone who specializes in fireworks) and a weapon called the Albatross.

Lucy Bluecrowne has a new stepmother and a stepbrother, Liao. Her father is the captain of the schooner, the Left-handed Fate. The crew has been her family for the past seven years. Her dad bought a house on the mountain for them to life while he sails for work.

She is adjusting to life on land and life in a large house. Her step br
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was really cool! It does tie to Greenglass house, but I wished there was more overlap, as it is labeled as Greenglass House number 3. If you are kind of confused about some of the things the book is talking about, I recommend reading The Left Handed Fate, also written by Kate Milford. Bluecrowne follows the same storyline as the Left Handed fate- using the same characters. I think this should be labeled as Left Handed Fate number 2, not Greenglass house number 3, as it connec ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, middle-grade
Yay, another Greenglass House book! I didn't even know this was a thing until I randomly looked up the Greenglass House books for a friend's kid, and I was like, WHAT IS THIS. I immediately put it on hold at the library and read it over the holiday week. I really enjoyed this story of the first inhabitants of Greenglass. I love the interaction between the siblings and their own special gifts. It's so fascinating how the author works in the Chinese heritage and language. I wholeheartedly recommen ...more
Soren Kisiel
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve read one of the Greenglass House books annually as a Christmastime treat for three years in a row. This prequel, while still charming, is quite a divergence (I suspect it’s more of a piece with her other non-Greenglass books that are set in this same world). First off, it’s not a mystery. It doesn’t take place at Christmas. But more importantly, it features a cast of magicians, immortals, time-travelers... even the Devil... all of which is a bit bloated and complicated compared to the gentl ...more
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
It took me until this book to realize that all of her stories are connected. Now I'm going to have to re-read the earlier ones to see where the connections are there. It's like Stephen King's Dark Tower connections without the Stephen King.

Funny thing is it took me this book to realize they're all connected. I had wondered previously but it seemed minor, like re-using a setting but I just figured she liked that part of the world because the books were all set to many years apart. (view spoiler)
4.5 stars rounded down to 4. Like this author’s other books, it took quite a while to get into the story, but once the action started it was hard to put down. There was really very little written about Greenglass House itself beyond some architectural description. This story was more in line with The Left Handed-Fate novel than the Greenglass ones. There was Chinese mythology, sorcery, and evil as a major plot line as well. Might be somewhat scary for young readers even though it is marketed as ...more
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Kate is the author of THE BONESHAKER, THE BROKEN LANDS, GREENGLASS HOUSE, and the forthcoming THE LEFT-HANDED FATE (Fall 2015). She is also the author of the self-published Arcana Project series. The first two volumes, THE KAIROS MECHANISM and BLUECROWNE, can be purchased for e-readers at all the usual outlets and in paperback from or The third volu ...more

Other books in the series

Greenglass House (4 books)
  • Greenglass House (Greenglass House #1)
  • Ghosts of Greenglass House (Greenglass House #2)
  • The Thief Knot (Greenglass House #4)