Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Glassheart by Katharine Orton

It’s the end of the Second World War and the entire world is healing. Memories of the Blitz, loss and hardship continue to haunt those who have survived. Nona and her Uncle Antoni work together to replace the beautiful stained-glass windows in war torn buildings. As they attempt to heal these historic landmarks, they also try to find healing for themselves.

Nona must regularly remind herself that the war is over. After four years together, she has found a home with Antoni and he will do what he can to keep her safe. Then, one mysterious night, they are led to a shattered church in the wilds of Dartmoor. The colourful windows must be repaired before it’s too late. Nona finds herself caught between the human and the spirit world. She must summon all of her courage and power to defeat the evil that surrounds them and heal the brokenness that remains.

This is a story of shadows and sorcery, of transformation and becoming. As she explores the frosty landscape, Nona meets the most incredible cast of characters who show her the power within herself and how to use it to bring peace. At times, the story is very dark – full of evil spirits and the stuff of nightmares – but through this darkness, Nona learns to face her fears and find answers about what has come before. The effects of war are so far reaching. no one has been left untouched. Through echoes of the past Nona must defy her destiny or, perhaps, find it.

Images of the intricacies and delicacies of stained-glass enrich this story. The glass, and life itself, are so easily shattered yet can be shaped into great beauty. As a window to the past and to the future, this glass provides strength and safety. It must be broken in order to be put together again as something stronger. The detail in this description and symbolism is incredible. Rich in folklore and historical significance, Glassheart is a unique and powerful book that will pull readers inside its pages.

Thank you to NetGalley & Walker Books for this magical adventure!

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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