Capering on Glass Bridges (The Hawk of Stone Duology, Book 1) by Jessica Hernandez

Capering on Glass Bridges (The Hawk of Stone Duology, Book 1)

byJessica Hernandez

Kobo ebook | August 21, 2015

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The Utdrendans have spoken, and everything has changed as a consequence. People normally avoid the fog surrounding the cursed Kingdom of Mar, but now they are asking sixteen-year-old Kaia Stone to venture into it. The Utdrendans implied that there is something special about Kaia. They claimed that she could help free the land; she need only carry out their instructions and deliver a message to the Marian king.

Mar, however, is a land in which dark secrets abound, and many will stop at nothing to ensure that it remains forever cursed. Determined to work against Kaia, unfriendly forces have already begun to gather.

Will Kaia choose to abandon the only life she’s ever known—perhaps indefinitely—in pursuit of the greater good…in pursuit of her purpose?

Title:Capering on Glass Bridges (The Hawk of Stone Duology, Book 1)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 21, 2015Publisher:Jessica HernandezLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1311074368

ISBN - 13:9781311074362

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Capering on Glass Bridges Jessica Hernandez creates an amazing new world, Arc, and is able to transport the reader to the lands and kingdoms within: Greyland, Zavonia, Darlbent, Mar, Tivmica and Iostona. The story begins with young Kaia Stone setting off on a noble quest to deliver a message to the king of Mar, in the hope that a past wrong can be made right, and that the curse that surrounds Mar can be lifted. She is joined by her sister Elania and ten other characters. The journey is full of adventure and obstacles to overcome. We are introduced to imaginary creatures like flirds, birds that can fold up into flowers, and cononipoms - miniature, human-like creatures who are paired with their human counterparts - and yet the make-believe world is vivid and convincing. The book delivers everything that you would expect from an epic fantasy.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Highly imaginative world-building Capering on Glass Bridges is a heartwarming YA fantasy, told from the point of view of Kaia, the middle daughter of the respectable Stone family. Kaia’s strict father and loving but flaky mother create a solidly familiar framework for the reader, allowing the author to build her fantasy from a base her audience will immediately recognise. It also provides a good contrast with Kaia’s uniqueness; alone of her family, she hasn’t paired with a canonipom, the physical alter ego that all her people have. I found that the underlying plot for the book was well-conceived, but the clues in the story line are in places introduced from nowhere (for example, we find out why Kaia is so different a good third of the way into the book, more or less completely unheralded, and it’s a doozy). Also, the book’s overwhelming focus on character emotions did occasionally detract from the adventure for me, and while the secondary characters play to friendly and familiar themes, some of them would have benefited from some quirk or oddity to help them avoid being easily stereotyped. All that said, the world-building is highly imaginative, and the fantasy elements are unique and well done, especially the various races that feature in the story, leading me to say it definitely earned its three stars. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2016-07-04