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The Fire in the Glass by Jacquelyn Benson: 9 out of 10: This is an absolute gem of a book that captured my heart from the very first page. From the richly detailed world-building to the vividly drawn characters, this novel is a masterclass in historical fiction with a supernatural twist.
Benson’s writing is truly captivating, weaving together intricate plotlines that keep the reader on the edge of their seat. The story follows the protagonist, Lily Albright, as she navigates a world of magic and mystery in early 19th century England. The author’s attention to detail is impeccable, immersing the reader in the sights, sounds, and even smells of this bygone era.
What I particularly loved about this book was how Benson seamlessly blended history with the supernatural. The magical elements are seamlessly integrated into the story, and they feel as real and tangible as the historical events that unfold. The result is a gripping and suspenseful tale that is impossible to put down.
But what truly sets The Fire in the Glass apart is its unforgettable cast of characters. Lily Albright is a strong and capable heroine who is yet held back by the circumstances of her birth. Her love interest, the reclusive Lord Strangford, is a complex and nuanced character with a dark secret of his own. And the supporting cast is just as richly drawn, each with their own motivations and secrets.
One of the strongest points of the book is how well drawn the villains are. They are three-dimensional characters with thier own motivations. In fact, there are a few characters (Including Lily’s own father) that inhabit a wonderful grey area that keeps the reader guessing.
Another huge plus for The Fire in the Glass is that despite being the first book in a series, it is a complete story with a proper conclusion. I am amazed that this is from a new author and not someone with ten novels under her belt.
Overall, I cannot recommend The Fire in the Glass enough. It is a beautifully written, engaging, and thoroughly enjoyable novel that will transport readers to another time and place. Whether you’re a fan of historical fiction, fantasy, or just superb storytelling, this book is not to be missed. Jacquelyn Benson has truly outdone herself with this fantastic read.