The Palace of Glass (The Forbidden Library #3)
The Palace of Glass puts us right back on track, beginning with Alice’s newfound resolve to do something about her situation. What to do with her Uncle? After all, he cannot be trusted. Now is the time for her to plot her revenge.
After the wild ride of The Mad Apprentice, The Palace of Glass once again sees Alice back jumping through portal books, discovering new worlds, and meeting new races of magical beings. Ah…if only that was possible in real life. But even good things can have bad consequences. The plot surges ahead diving through molten tunnels, charging into frozen kingdoms of the ice giants before Alice even attempts to take on the challenges in the Palace of Glass.
What I love about The Palace of Glass is how Django Wexler mixes of humor and adventure while allowing deeper themes to be weaved in it as well. Alice of course continues to grow as a character, asking the important questions about her powers and responsibilities as a Reader. With each book comes more complex moral issues, and deeper plot development. We see old and new faces handling danger the best way they can.
Django Wexler again shows he is a master world builder as he adds layers into the world of Readers and the Forbidden Library. His descriptions are fantastical yet feel very real. He helps build up a series of events and helps develop Alice in such a way that the reader is sure she can take on more adventures and what ever danger is thrown in her way.
The book just flew by and I wasn’t really ready to say goodbye to the characters. The way The Palace of Glass ended there is a feeling that there is more coming. It looks like there are some pretty big adventures in store for the 4th installment. Highly Recommended.
Unlike some fantasy books, this had a clearly defined goal, and the characters made steady progress toward achieving it, which I really appreciated. While there are some descriptions of the different worlds through which Alice passes, they never drag down the plot. There is a lot of action and fighting, and Alice is triumphant most of the time, which is a nice change from forces of equal potency fighting all the time and ending in a draw!
Alice is a great character who does a good job of assessing her situation and using the forces around her to her own advantage. This series is a great one to give to readers who enjoyed Sanderson's Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians, Yansky's Alfred Kropp, Funaro's Alistair Grim series, or Jink's How to Catch a Bogle series, although The Forbidden Library takes place a few years later, in 1932.