by Melanie Rawn
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Touchstone by Melanie Rawn

Although Touchstone can stand alone, it is the first book of a brilliant, utterly engaging new fantasy series, Glass Thorns, from Melanie Rawn, the author of the bestselling Dragon Prince series.

Cayden Silversun is part Elven, part Fae, part human Wizard—and all rebel. His aristocratic mother would have him follow his father to the Royal Court, to make a high society living off the scraps of kings. But Cade lives and breathes for the theater, and he's good—very, very good. With his company, he'll enter the highest reaches of society and power as an honored artist—or die trying. Cade combines the talents of Merlin, Shakespeare, and John Lennon: a wholly charming character in a remarkably original fantasy world created by a mistress of the art.

The Glass Thorns Series

#1 Touchstone

#2 Elsewhens

#3 Thornlost

#4 Window Wall

#5 Playing to the Gods (forthcoming)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765363473
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 12/24/2012
Series: Glass Thorns Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 327,528
Product dimensions: 4.21(w) x 6.84(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

MELANIE RAWN is the three-time Locus Award–nominated author of the bestselling Dragon Prince trilogy and of the Dragon Star trilogy. She graduated from Scripps College with a BA in history and has worked as a teacher and editor. Rawn lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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Touchstone 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
soonerloyal More than 1 year ago
I've been a Rawn fan from the first time I picked up a well-worn copy of Sunrunner's Fire from a musty garage sale decades ago. When I saw TOUCHSTONE on our town's library shelf, I snatched it up and literally ran to check it out. Unbeknownst to me, that speedy sprint to the self-checkout would be the only fast move associated with the book until I sent it thunking down the return chute. This book has so much unrealized potential - and the result is almost a crime. In her creative hands, the premise should have created a world that draws us into yet another enchanting realm. Instead this story is confusing, choppy and unfortunately frustrating at its best. Rawn normally gifts her readers with dazzling backdrops, characters that glow with lives so close to reality. Her words come to life and normally bless readers with enduring charm and life. Touchstone was for me a stunted version of what Rawn normally delivers. Subplots go veering off and never develop, character developments begin and go awry, nothing in this book seems to be up to her usual lofty standards. I never thought it possible that I'd have to force myself to finish off a Melanie Rawn novel, but that's what I had to do with this one. I'm bitterly disappointed. If there is a sequel, I won't bother with it. The whole experience leaves tears in my eyes. The only reason I give it two stars is because I can't give such a beloved author of mine the indignity of only one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a disappointment! This book seem to drag on and on and .....Definitely not up to par with her earlier Exiles Trilogy- or rather Exiles Duology
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a Melanie Rawn fan I was looking forward to anything new from her. Took me a bit to get into the book but was very disappointed with the last half and the ending. Will read her books in the future but hope they end better than this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting characters, but the reliance on Cayden's precognition gets old fast. The book drags on and on and I frankly didn't bother to finish it. Love Rawn's stuff, but this one is a real dog.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The premise(s) are interesting have a lot of potential, which is not developed by Rawn. It takes a thousand pages not to explain why a young man who makes it big in his chosen profession must be angsty to the point of self destruction over some potential future bad behavior? Puhlease!!! Do yourself a favor and find another book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth the effort, poor story line, very difficult to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not terrible, but it lacks substance. The magic here has no higher purpose at all, but is entirely about putting on plays. Well, ok, but is that all there is? Apparently so. What would make a good backdrop for more significarnt events is simply trivial in and of itself. Also.don't much care for all the drinking and drugs. Hard to care about people who essentially live for unconsciousness. Blye is the only worthwhile person in the book. Sad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this first installment of a new world from a great author. The story starts immediately, without any intro into the world, but immersion (and a quick glossary in the back) quickly answers most of the questions. I did think that the book ending was rather abrupt, but I also understand the desire to keep the audience interested in the sequel(s). I just finished reading, and I'm buying the sequel as soon as I finish typing this review!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will love this tale if you want to be taken to a fully developed universe. The characters become so alive that it is starteling to return to the world not in the book. The tension that propels the story forward is from the organic progression of the chacters living their lives and dreams. A very thoughtful and thought provoking book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, but leaves you hanging with no idea if there is more to come after.
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An excellent book. I couldn't put it down. Think of it as Shakespeare in Love meets A History of the Beatles. A refreshing and unique new fantasy novel.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lookin good..i guess
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