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5.0 out of 5 starsRanitas growth as a person
Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2020
I love Mindy Klasky. I was replacing the book my cat destroyed. This is a great series. Ranita matures into an adult. Her character shows great emotional growth and resolve. She doesn't wait for everyone to help her. Ranita goes looking for solutions to problems instead of sitting around waiting for a white knight. There is someone Ranita loves but gives him up for the good of the kingdom. That shows maturity and mental strength.
"The Glasswright's Apprentice" is a fast paced adventure through a caste-ridden land.Each incident of Rani Traders young life tumbles from terror to anxiety to danger. The reader races along with her as she tries to find out why her world has of apprenticeship as a Glasswright has suddenly exploded in bloodshed. The characters are well drawn; the language is precise and colorful. This was a delightful story......but it will cause you to lose sleep as you cannot wait to see how it ends.
3.0 out of 5 starsquick read with some smart points
Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2004
The world in the Glasswrights' Apprentice is well-structured and interesting. Klasky has clearly given the city a lot of thought, and has a flair for working out its design. She also gets a lot of credit for not weighing down the book with an unwieldy amount of magic. The characters are significantly less well-developed, and their motivations and ideas are clearly secondary to the plot and the ideas with which Klasky began the book. Unlike other readers, I found no real problem with the character of Rani as such. I think that she becomes unsympathetic largely because we see what happens to her rather than what she makes happen.
Glasswright is still a quick and entertaining read. There is enough promise here to pick up the second.
4.0 out of 5 starsGood read, interesting characters
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2013
It's well written and really keeps you guessing as to what might happen next. Only criticism is occasionally ou can get lost in some of the plot transitions. But a good read, I enjoyed the entire series.
THE GLASSWRIGHT'S APPRENTICE is a competently executed, yet somewhat pedestrian first effort from Mindy Klasky. The plot never lags, but marches briskly from scene to scene. Rani is a somewhat atypical heroine, being a glasswright's apprentice rather than a spell- or swordslinger, who makes her way in the world largely by relying on her wits and on her luck. It's clear that Klasky knows her stuff--that she's done research on the glasswright trade, and she manages to work her knowledge into the book without being tiresome about it.
However, the characters and world portrayed herein don't really feel more than two-dimensional (although it is a solid two dimensions). The world Klasky has created is a world that is hierarchical in which caste is all; yet Rani appears to move from caste to caste with a fair amount of ease without demonstrating much in the way of class consciousness. Aside from a few minor incidents, neither does anyone else in the book--for example, Rani's brother Bardo is supposedly motivated by a desire to sweep away caste, but it didn't really ring true to me, because we've seen so little of the festering resentment I would expect in a society structured like Klasky's. The various plotters and schemers are convincingly amoral, and Klasky does a good job of convincing us there is no one good side, however, the political machinations are still fairly simplistic and never rise to the level of, say, GRRM's ASOIAF series (although maybe that's a good thing). There were several supposed twists in the book that I found instantly obvious, and should have been obvious to the characters in the book as well; for example, Larindolian's role in the conspiracy.
Nevertheless, Klasky has laid a solid foundation for her first effort, and if she keeps working in this universe I see the potential to develop something quite special.