Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Heart of Glass

The Heart of Glass
by Vivian French
The Five Kingdoms, book three

It’s a fine day for dwarf watching! At least that’s what Gracie Gillypott and Prince Marcus innocently think as they set out, unaware that Princess Marigold has honed her sights on Marcus and plans to follow him to the ends of the earth — fan, frilly petticoats, and all. As for the dwarves, it’s not a fine day at all: they’re overworked and underpaid, rushing to produce extra gold to make crowns for a royal wedding. The Chief of Works has no choice but to send for some trolls to deal with the problem, but they have their own agenda: finding a princess for their lonely king. Throw in the faithful Gubble, a slinking goblin, four chatty bats, and a heart of glass that will give its owner absolute power and you have a hilarious new adventure rife with mistaken identities — and the ever-compelling search for the perfect match. (description from

This is one of my favorite quick-to-read middle grade adventure series. I love the old crones (think like the three fates) that run the Kingdoms behind the scenes, the intrepid Trueheart Gracie who proves you don't have to be a Princess to be an important girl, the talking bats and wayward troll that are devoted to her, and the Prince who also believes Gracie to be way more fun and interesting than any old princess.

These books make me smile and want to run out and have wild adventures of my own. They remind me again how much I love a good, strong heroine. They remind me how much I love when two characters kind of like each other but won't admit it, even as the first stirrings of love make them awkward around each other...

The combination of friendship, fantasy, and wild adventures will keep me coming back for as long as this series goes on. :)

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