Cayden Silversun is part Elven, part Fae, part human Wizard—and all rebel. His aristocratic mother would have him follow his father to the Royal Court, to make a high society living off the scraps of kings. But Cade lives and breathes for the theater, and he’s good—very, very good. With his company, he’ll enter the highest reaches of society and power, as an honored artist—or die trying. Cade combines the talents of Merlin, Shakespeare, and John Lennon: a wholly charming character in a remarkably original fantasy world created by a mistress of the art.
Although Touchstone can stand alone, it is the first book of a brilliant, utterly engaging new fantasy series from the author of the bestselling Dragon Prince series.
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Cade knows he and his troupe are exceptionally gifted, and when brash but highly talented young Elf Mieka Windthistle inveigles his way into the company, Cade knows they'll be second to none and could challenge to join the Royal Circuit itself.| Read Full Review of Touchstone (The Glass Thorns)
On the one hand, I suppose it gives a sense of how tightly knit this troupe is...but at the same time, it gets to feel claustraphobic after a while.Feb 29 2012 | Read Full Review of Touchstone (The Glass Thorns)
You see, the world in which the four troupe members seek their fame and fortune is vast, full of creatures and races aplenty, yet at the same time the world seems confined, reduced to a stage setting.Mar 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Touchstone (The Glass Thorns)
The one feature that Touchstone wouldn't be the same without though are the withies, specially crafted glass tubes filled with magic by people like Cade, ensuring that the play comes to life and ensuring that a team of four players can produce a spectacle to make the toughest crowd marvel.Dec 22 2012 | Read Full Review of Touchstone (The Glass Thorns)
The central character, Cade, is the tregetour, a wizard who is both playwright and magic wielder who provides the power for all the magic used on stage.Apr 04 2012 | Read Full Review of Touchstone (The Glass Thorns)
The story is briskly paced and engaging, and the reader is immersed in the story of Cayden and Mieka, as well as a richly formed cast of supporting characters.Jul 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Touchstone (The Glass Thorns)
Again, this didn’t really develop that much, circling around the same themes of closeness, distance and moods, framed within the disturbing glimpses of the future Cayden sees coming for Mieka.Feb 20 2013 | Read Full Review of Touchstone (The Glass Thorns)
There is a subplot involving Cayden’s prophetic visions of Mieka’s future and the impact it has on Cayden, which doesn’t really go anywhere in the first book.Dec 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Touchstone (The Glass Thorns)
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