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The Glasswrights’ Apprentice
An apprentice on the run!
Rani Trader was born a merchant, but now she is an apprentice in the prestigious Glasswrights’ Guild. When Rani witnesses a murder, she’s accused of being the killer. On the run, Rani must masquerade through her kingdom’s strict castes as she attempts to discover the actual assassin. Will she find the real killer before her own life is forfeit?
The Glasswrights’ Apprentice won the Barnes & Noble Maiden Voyage Award for best first speculative fiction novel in 2000.
Ms. Klasky creates remarkably shaded characters, especially the heroine, who through flawed choices, learns in the end she can only speak truth. The result is an absorbing read indeed; look for this author to develop in fascinating ways.
– Romantic Times
The Glasswrights’ Progress
An army of children!
Rani Trader has survived the destruction of her family, her glasswrights’ guild, and everything else she held dear. When she is kidnapped from her new home in the royal palace, she must depend on her wits to fight an enemy king in a distant land, a tyrant willing to use innocent children to fight his bloody battles. Will Rani defeat the Little Army? Or will she be forced to join it?
Enter Mindy L. Klasky, to turn the genre on its ear. Or, at the very least, to shake it up a bit. Her Glasswrights’ series hinges on the actions of mere mortals—no elves, dragons or monsters need apply. . . . The strength of Klasky’s book lies in the emotion of its subjects.
– Green Man Review
The Glasswrights’ Journeyman
Impossible choices for the journeyman!
Rani Trader’s beloved city has been destroyed by fire, and the only hope for rebuilding is a royal marriage with a wealthy princess. Rani vows to help King Halaravilli—but first she must choose between her love for her king, the mercenary power of the Spiderguild silk merchants, and the siren call of the Players, traveling entertainers who hold the glassmaking secrets Rani craves.
Ms. Klasky spins a finely crafted story with believable characters and devious plot developments.
– Romantic Times
The Glasswrights’ Test
A test with life and death consequences!
Rani Trader has finally been summoned by her exiled Glasswrights Guild, invited to test for the rank of master. Rani has craved such acceptance for years, and she has high hopes that all her past mistakes will finally be forgiven. Little does she know that she will be tested on far more than her knowledge of glassmaking—and the lives of loved ones hang in the balance.
Klasky tells a strong, straightforward, and convincing story full of entertaining twists and turns. Her first book marked her as a writer to be watched, and those that have followed have been every bit as good or better.
– Chronicle (Formerly SF Chronicle)
The Glasswrights’ Master
A final battle, with a kingdom hanging in the balance!
Rani Trader has fled her homeland, escaping just as enemy armies invade. Now she must make the hardest bargain of her life—negotiating safety for herself, her king, and the royal heir, even as she struggles to control mystical powers that rise within her. As armies line up for the final battle, Rani must fight to become the master of her fate—and her lost guild.
Character development is strong as Rani continues to struggle with her past. As with the previous novels, this has a gritty sense of realism that belies the fantasy setting and imperfect characters who strive to rectify their mistakes. Rani’s growing awareness of her own destiny and the difficult choices she faces resonate and evoke sympathy for this strong heroine.