Risa is the daughter of one of the seven most prominent families in Cassaforte, and because of her status, her future is to be decided by the gods during the Ritual of Scrutiny. As the day for the ritual approaches, Risa is excited, wondering which of the two gods will pick her to study at their school, but when the Ritual of Scrutiny is performed over Risa, the unthinkable happens. She remains unchosen, something that has never happened in the history of Cassaforte. Stricken and ashamed, Risa retreats within herself and her craft, making beautiful glass bowls, but what Risa doesn’t understand is that the god’s have not maligned her but have a different fate in mind. Not long after the day of the ritual, the power-hungry prince tries to take over Cassaforte and, in the process, begins to ruin the magical foundations that have helped Cassaforte stay a prosperous and peaceful country. It is up to Risa and a rag-tag group of new friends to find a way to stop the prince before he ruins the entire kingdom.
Reaction: A solid, classic fantasy tale. While I do love stories about fairies, vampires, and magic in our time, this story takes fantasy back to its roots, and that was refreshing. Because of what I would consider the “classic” fantasy elements, some may find the story predictable but I found it to be comforting. Also, Risa may not be liked by all. She’s stubborn, a bit immature, a bit self-centered, and can be impulsive, but I liked this about her. She was a very real teenager; teenagers are often stubborn, immature, self-centered, and impulsive. But at her heart, Risa truly wanted to do the right thing, whether she chose the proper path to get there or not. The supporting characters added flare to the story. Milo, the fun-loving city guard and possible love-interest. Milo’s sister, Camilla, who is the opposite of Milo, a very serious, studious guard, who is in love with a very serious, studious glass-maker. Ricard, the People’s Poet who sings horrible, rhyming songs and whose one good song causes Risa lots of trouble. And more, too many to mention. If you enjoy more traditional fantasy like Robin McKinley or the Crown/Court Duet, I don’t believe you’ll be disappointed with The Glass-Maker’s Daughter.