They thought to bury us. They never saw that we were seeds. Seeds of glass and steel, stronger and more resilient than either.
A Gifted Guilds novel
Hi, there – I’m Jackie Keswick and – first of all – a big thank you to Elizabeth for letting me visit and talk about my latest release. Healing Glass is a fantasy novel about a glass master, a warrior and a floating glass city.
For me, Healing Glass began with meeting Minel, as he contemplates the final piece of glass he’s wrought, convinced he’ll never make another one.
The glass carafe spun on its chain, propelled in slow swirls and small circles by the gentle breeze drifting through the wide-open doors to the roof garden. A rainbow of sparkles washed over the room’s white walls with each of its movements, bringing memories of the endless sky, of sun and sea, and the expanse of green that reached from the shore towards the horizon.
Minel lay on the floor and watched his masterpiece sway and spin. The carafe was perfect. Graceful lines and flawless material marked the craftsmanship as that of a true artist. Joy poured from each facet and curve and suffused the room until Minel felt the hum against his skin. A fitting tribute to his imagination, the carafe showed his mastery of that most difficult, fragile, and most expressive of all materials: glass.
He'd designed and crafted it to bring joy to others. Now it swung on its chain over Minel’s head, bringing joy to no one but Minel. The carafe would never be used. It would spend its days nestled in a bed of velvet, displayed as a testament to Minel’s command of his craft. A tombstone to the joy he’d thought to create.
Because Minel was dying.
There is a cure for the disease that is killing Minel, but he has no desire to hand himself over to a stranger. And once he’s made up his mind, Minel is rather stubborn.
Enter the other half of the equation, warrior captain Falcon. Equally gifted, but affiliated to the Warriors Guild, Falcon has been Minel’s best friend for years. Craft masters and warriors rarely mix, but ever since Minel and Falcon met, they’ve made it work.
That there’s some unacknowledged attraction simmering between them doesn’t hurt the matter, either.
When Falcon hears of Minel’s decision, he can’t stay away. If he can’t change Minel’s mind, at least he wants to be with him, looking after him, comforting him. He doesn’t expect to be drawn into the politics of the floating city, but if it saves Minel’s life, he’s game.
And Minel… he never thought that his decision could mean life or death for the floating city. He’s convinced that Falcon’s a walking temptation and that it will all end badly. But he’s also beginning to find that maybe his death isn’t quite as inevitable as he thought.
Healing Glass is a story about making choices and sticking to them, even when those choices have unforeseen consequences. My glassmaster, Minel, is both reluctant and stubborn, but he’s true to himself even if it costs him his home and almost his life. But he stands up and shows what he’s made of when it’s Falcon’s life or the floating city that are under threat.
Those who come after him should have remembered that it’s unwise to cross a man who has something to protect.
A dying city.
An ancient, forgotten accord.
And two gifted men caught in a web of greed and dark magic.
Despite belonging to different guilds, glass master Minel and warrior captain Falcon are friends. Their duties keep them apart, but when Minel falls ill and chooses death rather than the only known cure, nothing can keep Falcon from his side.
As their friendship grows into more, old wrongs and one man’s machinations threaten the floating city and leave both Minel and Falcon fighting for their lives. Can they learn to combine their gifts to save the city and its magic, or will everything they know and love perish before their eyes?
Healing Glass is an LGBT fantasy adventure with its head in the clouds. If you like medieval backdrops, impressive world-building, three-dimensional characters and a touch of magic, then you'll love Jackie Keswick's socially-conscious adventure.
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Jackie Keswick was born behind the Iron Curtain with itchy feet, a bent for rocks and a recurring dream of stepping off a bus in the middle of nowhere to go home. She's worked in a hospital and as the only girl with 52 men on an oil rig, spent a winter in Moscow and a summer in Iceland and finally settled in the country of her dreams with her dream team: a husband, a cat, a tandem, a hammer and a laptop.
Jackie loves unexpected reunions and second chances, and men who don't follow the rules when those rules are stupid. She blogs about English history and food, has a thing for green eyes, and is a great believer in making up soundtracks for everything, including her characters and the cat.
And she still hasn't found the place where the bus stops.
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