The Glass Casket by Mccormick TemplemanThe Glass Casket by Mccormick Templeman

The Glass Casket

byMccormick Templeman

Paperback | October 27, 2015

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Some secrets can’t stay buried in this dark, haunting tale that’s perfect for fans of twisted fairytales and “the legion of Maggie Stiefvater fans” (Booklist).
 
A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick
 
    Death hasn't visited Rowan Rose since it took her mother when Rowan was only a little girl. But that changes one bleak morning, when five horses and their riders thunder into her village and through the forest, disappearing into the hills. Days later, the riders' bodies are found, and though no one can say for certain what happened in their final hours, their remains prove that whatever it was must have been brutal.
    Rowan's village was once a tranquil place, but now things have changed. Something has followed the path those riders made and has come down from the hills, through the forest, and into the village. Beast or man, it has brought death to Rowan's door once again.
   Only this time, its appetite is insatiable.

"With stylish prose, richly developed characters and well-realized worldbuilding, Templeman plumbs archetypes of folklore to create a compelling blend of mythic elements and realistic teen experience." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"This has both the stylish beauty of those [classic fairy] tales and the chilling darkness that makes them timeless." —The Bulletin, Starred
   McCormick Templeman has a BA in English Literature from Reed College and an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University. She is also the author of The Little Woods.   McCormick lives and writes in Oregon. Learn more about her and her books at McCormickTempleman.com.From the Hardcover edition.
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Title:The Glass CasketFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.19 × 5.49 × 0.7 inPublished:October 27, 2015Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385743432

ISBN - 13:9780385743433

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! Rather peculiar story line and I loved it! So interesting
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really interesting! Although the beginning a bit slow going for me, the book eventually sucks you in the whirlpool of amazing. The plot is like a fairytale with an extremely dark twist, which made it 100% more interesting
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very chilling It was a really good decision on my part to read this late at night, alone. The week before Hallowe'en. Yup, a super duper good decision. This is a deliciously creepy, atmospheric book. One reviewer mentioned that it's only for die hard fairy-tale fans, and I sort of have to agree. Not only are there elements from multiple different myths and fairytales (most notably "Snow White and Rose Red," although the creepier folktale aspects have sent me on wild Google chases trying to find where they come from) but it has a distinct fairytale feel. I'm not talking Disney type fairytales, I'm talking the real Hans Christian Anderson where everyone dies or gets beheaded or old school folklore where people get eaten and not everyone (if anyone) gets a happily ever after. There is a little HEA, but don't hold your breath for it. You'll be too busy holding your breath in the ridiculously creepy parts, anyways. It's bittersweet and melancholy and macabre and disturbing with fantastic images and a general sense of doom and the unknown. I loved it. Bad things: Maybe read by the light of day if you're a wimp like me. Also, it is not particularly fast. It moves slow at the beginning and doesn't really speed up except for a few bursts of extreme creepiness. Personally, I enjoyed the slow pace, as I thought it added to the atmosphere, but I can definitely see how it could be off-putting to some readers. I also felt like the characterization and some sense of closure was sacrificed to the overwhelming creep factor, but since the creep factor was so great, I guess I'm not going to complain. Overall, the perfect thing to get me in the mood for Hallowe'en. A good dose of atmosphere and the macabre, with semi-forgettable characters and an extremely memorable fairy tale
Date published: 2016-12-30

Editorial Reviews

A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick[STAR] "With stylish prose, richly developed characters and well-realized worldbuilding, Templeman plumbs archetypes of folklore to create a compelling blend of mythic elements and realistic teen experience."-Kirkus Reviews, Starred[STAR] "This has both the stylish beauty of those [classic fairy] tales and the chilling darkness that makes them timeless."-The Bulletin, Starred“The legion of Maggie Stiefvater fans out there ought to look this way.”-BooklistFrom the Hardcover edition.