Friday, 23 November 2012

Review: A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge



Title: A Face Like Glass
Author: Frances Hardinge
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Published: May 2012
ISBN: 978 02307478798

Rating: 5/5

The cover on this is really different, with the title echoing the colour of the character in the cage, whilst the author credit echos the bottom half.  This is probably a book I would have picked up based on the cover alone, it really is eye catching.

Neverfell can’t remember the first 7  years of her life.  She is a Cheesemaker’s apprentice and has been hidden away in tunnels and kept behind a mask.  When Madame Appeline, a facesmith, calls her master for business, Neverfell’s world changes and she decides she wants more than to be just a Cheesemakers apprentice.

I was swept away on a discovery of new things with Neverfell as she experiences so much of her world for the first time – but this also makes her na├»ve.  Neverfell does grow as a character along with the plot, which was brilliant to see.

A Face Like Glass is a well crafted story with lots of intrigue, plots and adventure.  The only thing missing was love – but Neverfell grows up and matures in this, and really comes into her own.

Book synopsis:
In Caverna, lies are an art — and everyone's an artist . . .

In the underground city of Caverna the world's most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare — wines that can remove memories, cheeses that can make you hallucinate and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat. The people of Caverna are more ordinary, but for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned, and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to show (or fake) joy, despair or fear — at a price.

Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a little girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. For Neverfell's emotions are as obvious on her face as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, though entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed

Source – many thanks to the publisher, a copy was received in return for an honest review.

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