Sixteen-year-old Beckan and her friends are the only fairies brave enough to stay in Ferrum when war breaks out. Now there is tension between the immortal fairies, the subterranean gnomes, and the mysterious tightropers who arrived to liberate the fairies. But when Beckan's clan is forced to venture into the gnome underworld to survive, they find themselves tentatively forming unlikely friendships and making sacrifices they couldn't have imagined. As danger mounts, Beckan finds herself caught between her loyalty to her friends, her desire for peace, and a love she never expected. This stunning, lyrical fantasy is a powerful exploration of what makes a family, what justifies a war, and what it means to truly love.
About the Author
Hannah Moskowitz's novels have received starred reviews, landed a spot on the ALA's Rainbow Book List, and received a Stonewall Honor. She currently lives in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a fairy tale, in more senses than one. A lot of people will hate this, especially if they are not used to Hannah Moskowitz's bizarre stories, she usually writes more or less normal books but when she decides not to she doesn't old back and writes a lot of weird stuff that will make you think 'What the hell did I just read' every 10 minutes. In this case this story is about a war between gnomes and creatures that are basically spider men, and three fairies, who used to be more before it all started, who are just trying to survive in a city that got caught in the middle of the war. But I feel like the war was used mostly as a pretext to talk about what really matters, which is love, and relationships between people who even though are of different species and that sometimes have nothing in common still deeply care for each other. You would think that a fantasy book about a war full of people traumatized by it and that go through a lot of grief wouldn't be this sappy and yet it still manages to be, in my opinion even too much sometimes. I think there's a thing every person who wants to read this book should keep in mind, (I don't think it's really a spoiler but IF YOU KEEP READING THERE'S A SPOILER) because I saw a lot of people being confused by certain passages: it's from the point of view of an unreliable narrator. The weird phrases you find from the very first chapters are not there because the book didn't got edited enough or what, it's all part of the story (END OF THE SPOILER) I would recommend this book only to people who are okay with being thrown in a universe full of weird creatures where a lot of things about that universe don't get explained and that is not in any way realistic, or to people who are looking for stories full of unconditional love and lgb characters. Otherwise it's very likely you won't enjoy it. Btw I'm obsessed with the hardcover version of this book, it's gorgeous, every time I touch the cover I expect to magically find glitter all over my hand. And the art inside the book is amazing too.
I’ll admit that I was very skeptical of A History of Glitter and Blood. So many people who I admire did not enjoy it and I was worried the same would happen to me. However, I found that once I got used to the unusual writing style and started to recognize characters, I actually really enjoyed A History of Glitter and Blood. The narration style is very unique and is later revealed to have another element to it (that I don’t want to reveal because spoilers) and I loved how it ended. Ferrum is a unique city, where fairies are considered at the top of the food chain and gnomes are at the bottom. But when creatures who roam high in the sky (tightropers) invade, they send a message that they are there to liberate the fairies. Beckan and her friends are the only fairies left in the city and who are there to recount the tale. This isn’t a story, it’s history. (Okay it is a story, but that line makes me proud so I’m keeping it in). A History of Glitter and Blood has some odd storytelling but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator is a constant and has a distinct voice in the novel which is awesome. There is also tons of swearing (woo) and there is definitely no holding back when it comes to the story. It took me a while to connect to the characters but by the first 100 pages, I loved every single one of them. The novel did take a while to get into, because of the writing style, but once I got the sense of the characters and the setting, I really enjoyed it. Around halfway, we find out so many details about the world and the twists were just amazing. Overall, A History of Glitter and Blood is a unique book unlike anything I’ve read. I recommend it for people looking to read a unique story, but be cautious of the writing and make sure you can adjust to it.