ARC Review A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

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In Caverna, lies are an art — and everyone’s an artist . . .

In the underground city of Caverna the world’s most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare. They create wines that can remove memories, cheeses that can make you hallucinate and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer even as they slit your throat. The people of Caverna are more ordinary, but for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned. Only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to show (or fake) joy, despair or fear — at a price.

Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a little girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. For Neverfell’s emotions are as obvious on her face as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, though entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed …

Jan’s Review

I received a copy of this book through Around the World arc tours webpage. 

If your a love of Alice In Wonderland and dream of following the white rabbit down the hole and experiencing a world that is so completely unlike the over world then A Face Like Glass is the perfect book to keep you up into the late hours of the night.   This a book where the author so cleverly weaves the answers in metaphors that you get lost in each descriptive chapter.  I became totally wrapped in this story of Neverfell she a character that is so innocent on the surface but as each piece of the puzzle is unwrapped and examined that in the end is she really as innocent as she appears in those first few chapters as she pulled from that vat of cheese.

Also if your a lover of cheese you might want some on hand this book is literally coated with food references to the point where i was hunting cheese in the fridge and wondering what some of them would taste like.  Also i began to dream about having a wine that would make you forget chunks of your life and then others that can bring them all back into clarity.  It a very uniquely woven story that i totally enjoyed and was in awe of the magic of storytelling this author weaved in this book.

 

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