It’s that time again. Buzzday Thursday. I started this last week as a way to get books and authors that are not well known or that doesn’t have all the hype and buzz surrounding their work but should have. Today I bring to you The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove. A wonderful middle-grade adventure book for all ages. Not original in thinking but highly fascinating and just an overall good read. The Glass Sentence is book 1 in a trilogy. I think we should all get used to that by now. While I thoroughly enjoyed this read I’m hoping that you enjoy it as well. So take the plunge and dive into an adventure that you will never forget.
(provided by segrovebooks.com)
She has only seen the world through maps. She had no idea they were so dangerous.
Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World—a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods. Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Life with her brilliant, absent-minded, adored uncle has taught Sophia to take care of herself.
Then Shadrack is kidnapped. And Sophia, who has rarely been outside of Boston, is the only one who can search for him. Together with Theo, a refugee from the West, she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack’s maps, common sense, and her own slantwise powers of observation. But even as Sophia and Theo try to save Shadrack’s life, they are in danger of losing their own.
The Glass Sentence plunges readers into a time and place they will not want to leave, and introduces them to a heroine and hero they will take to their hearts. It is a remarkable debut.
(originally posted on Amazon.com)
The story is about Sophia Tims who at the age of three is raised by her Uncle Shadrack (who is a world famous cartologer) when her parents disappeared while going on an expedition. One day her uncle sends her on an errand only to return to the house and find it in utter disarray. Her Uncle Shadrack has been kidnapped. And that is where the true adventure of The Glass Sentence begins. And what an adventure it is.
S.E. Grove took her time and great planning to bring forth this lovely, thoroughly imaginative piece of work. Not since His Dark Material (Phillip Pullman) and the Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling) have I’ve been excited, fascinated and totally absorb with a story. A story that is breathtakingly beautiful.
S.E. Grove has done a wonderful job with the world build. Top Notch. I felt like I was there with Sophia riding the steam train, sailing on the pirate’s ship with the briny wind blowing through my hair and on my face.
If you love original, innovative writing and storytelling, then The Glass Sentence is for you. Whether you are an adult (as I am) or a young child. Let the maps take you on a ride that you will never forget.
P.S. It’s rare but S.E. Grove is great at making you fall in love with the main characters of the story as well as the minor. Each had their own personality and were well developed.