Touchstone by Melanie Rawn
(The Glass Thorns)

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Although Touchstone can stand alone, it is the first book of a brilliant, utterly engaging new fantasy series, Glass Thorns, from Melanie Rawn, the author of the bestselling Dragon Prince series.

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.

The Glass Thorns Series
#1 Touchstone
#2 Elsewhens
#3 Thornlost
#4 Window Wall
#5 Playing to the Gods (forthcoming)

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About Melanie Rawn

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MELANIE RAWN is the three-time Locus Award-nominated author of the bestselling Dragon Prince trilogy and of the Dragon Star trilogy. She graduated from Scripps College with a BA in history and has worked as a teacher and editor. Rawn lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.
 
Published February 28, 2012 by Tor Books. 366 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The play's the thing: new fantasy series about a magical theater company, from the author of The Golden Key (1996, etc.).

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Publishers Weekly

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Rawn takes heroic fantasy to its logical conclusion, creating a lived-in world where the scars from magical wars still linger and pure blood is a thing of the distant past. Cayden Silversun is the pla

Dec 02 2011 | Read Full Review of Touchstone (The Glass Thorns)

Publishers Weekly

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Rawn takes heroic fantasy to its logical conclusion, creating a lived-in world where the scars from magical wars still linger and pure blood is a thing of the distant past.

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Examiner

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)

Book Reporter

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 Bookbag

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.

Jan 23 2015 | Read Full Review of Touchstone (The Glass Thorns)

20Something Reads

A time to re-discover reading for pleasure --- and FINALLY read what you want.”.

Feb 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Touchstone (The Glass Thorns)

20Something Reads

A time to re-discover reading for pleasure --- and FINALLY read what you want.”.

Mar 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Touchstone (The Glass Thorns)

City Book Review

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.

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Portland Book Review

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)

Fantasy Literature

Had it not been a review book, I’m sure I would have stopped and in fact, this was the first review book in a long, long time that I seriously considered giving a Did Not Finish.

Feb 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Touchstone (The Glass Thorns)

The British Fantasy Society

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)

Review Graveyard

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.

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