The Glass Demon

The Glass Demon

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by Helen Grant
     
 

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Sometimes the path to the truth is paved with broken glass. 
 
Teenager Lin Fox is a stranger in a strange land—Germany, where her father has come on a quixotic quest to locate a priceless artifact. The medieval (and possibly mythical) Allerheiligen stained glass is believed by some to be lost, by others to have been destroyed, and by

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Sometimes the path to the truth is paved with broken glass. 
 
Teenager Lin Fox is a stranger in a strange land—Germany, where her father has come on a quixotic quest to locate a priceless artifact. The medieval (and possibly mythical) Allerheiligen stained glass is believed by some to be lost, by others to have been destroyed, and by virtually all to be haunted. A mysterious letter persuades Dr. Oliver Fox that he can be the one to find it—but someone else is determined to ensure that the glass stays hidden forever.

First, an elderly stranger is found dead in an orchard, then one of Oliver’s contacts is mysteriously drowned—both bodies inexplicably surrounded by shards of colored glass. As dark superstitions simmer, Lin embarks on her own search to find the glass. As her life comes to resemble the grimmest of fairy tales, she realizes that what she must find is not only the truth about the legendary glass but a way to save the lives of those she loves.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Grant (The Vanishing of Katharina Linden) turns in a spectacular mix of history and horror that expertly draws from numerous genres. Obsessed medievalist Oliver Fox moves his family to a castle on the edge of a German forest in search of the Allerheiligen glass, a supposedly cursed set of stained-glass church windows lost or destroyed 200 years before. The Glass Demon, Bonschariant, said to inhabit the windows, shadows the search from the moment Fox's unhappy teen daughter Lin discovers a corpse surrounded by shattered glass. As Lin gets to know her young neighbor, Michel Reinartz, she becomes aware of the locals' hostility toward any investigation of the lost glass, while a series of uncanny incidents escalates horrifically. Skillfully mixing the strains of a dysfunctional family with the rising terror of the supernatural, Grant has produced a mesmerizing page-turner that brilliantly depicts the claustrophobic fear of a young woman grappling with the deadly secrets of the forest and the demonic nightmare lurking within. (June)
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Praise for The Glass Demon

A spectacular mix of history and horror that expertly draws from numerous genres….Skillfully mixing the strains of a dysfunctional family with the rising terror of the supernatural, Grant has produced a mesmerizing page-turner that brilliant depicts the claustrophobic fear of a young woman grappling with the deadly secrets of the forest and the demonic nightmare lurking within.”  —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Sure to cement her growing reputation as an original storyteller and elegant writer…. Grant expertly builds suspense….
With its fascinating information on medieval folklore,unique setting, and increasingly claustrophobic sense of terror, this is an exhilarating page-turner that offers a cerebral blend of horror and mystery.”  
—Booklist (starred review)

“Page-turning and portentous, mysterious and chilling, this will attract readers who loved Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin and fairy tales and legends in modern settings.”  
—Library Journal

“The Glass Demon is a riveting tale from Helen Grant, who proves she is a master of suspense.  From beginning to end, I was kept guessing by this spine-tingling tale that interweaves family relationships, folklore, deadly glass, and dangerous secrets.”  —Stefanie Pintoff, Edgar Award-winning author of In the Shadow of Gotham

"Skillfully mixing the strains of a dysfunctional family with the rising terror of the supernatural, Grant has produced a mesmerizing page-turner that brilliantly depicts the claustrophobic fear of a young woman grappling with the deadly secrets of the forest and the demonic nightmare lurking within." -Publisher's Weekly, starred review

“A gripping and atmospheric adventure.”—The Observer (U.K.)

Praise for Helen Grant’s The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, winner of the ALA Alex Award and shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the CILIP Carnegie Medal

“Steeped in spooky legends and set in a country that, for all its present-day serenity, can’t fully escape the burden of its harrowing past, this is a mystery with unusual resonance.”—The Washington Post
 
“A contemporary story that feels age-old, too . . . dotted with creepy tales.”—The New York Times

Library Journal
Curl up on the couch with a few gothic fairy tales—the dark, brutal sort. Follow this with a murder mystery, deep and rich with symbolism. Then grab a young adult novel with a strong female character, Lin, with an eclectic academic upbringing. Grant (The Vanishing of Katharina Linden) rolls all of these into the shadowy corners of a secluded German forest, complete with castle ruins steeped in superstition. Lin's family is uprooted by her father's obsessive drive for academic success, which leads them on a search for the haunted windows of a medieval stained-glass master. The locals are fiercely protective of their secrets, refusing to welcome the family or answer any questions. As details about the glass are revealed, an ancient evil stalks Lin and her family. She struggles to solve the mystery before all is lost. VERDICT Page-turning and portentous, mysterious and chilling, this will attract readers who loved Pamela Dean's Tam Lin and fairy tales and legends in modern settings. [See Prepub Alert, 1/17/11.]—Jennifer Anderson, Texas A&M Univ.-Corpus Christi

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385344203
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/14/2011
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
742,305
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.66(d)

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