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The Glass Casket

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The Glass Casket

Nag’s End has been Rowan Rose’s home for her entire life. Despite losing her mother as a little girl, Rowan has grown up in a world surrounded by stability. Her father, Henry Rose, is a scholar who specializes in translating ancient texts, and he has taught Rowan to do the same. Her best friend, Tom, has been in her life for years, and might just be the man she will marry. While Rowan’s habits stay the same, Nag’s End is changing, and not for the better.

For centuries, there have been stories about evil beings lurking in the woods outside of the small mountain village. Wolves, goblins, and wicked witches used to occupy the forest, until the townspeople got rid of them for good. Or so they thought.

There are hardly enough words in the English language to describe what an incredible job Templeman has done in constructing this novel.

One stormy night, five soldiers and their horses ride through Nag’s End and up the hills. Three days later, the horses return --- with no riders. A search party sets out to find these men, and their discovery is grislier than one would care to imagine.

From this point forward, THE GLASS CASKET launches into an intricate web of a story, with shocking twists at every page turn. Author McCormick Templeman has written a novel that shines, not just with its creative storyline, but with its impeccable fluidity. The transitions from character to character are effortless, as is the attention to every little detail. Don’t bother trying to solve the problems of Nag’s End, for no one will be able to figure this mystery out until the book comes to a close.

There are hardly enough words in the English language to describe what an incredible job Templeman has done in constructing this novel. THE GLASS CASKET is by far one of the best books of 2014, and one that every aspiring young adult author should read. If only every supernatural novel were this outstanding.

Reviewed by Lucy P., Teen Board Member on March 5, 2014

The Glass Casket
by McCormick Templeman

  • Publication Date: February 11, 2014
  • Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 14+
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte
  • ISBN-10: 0385743459
  • ISBN-13: 9780385743457