The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove


Goodreads: The Glass Sentence
Series: The Mapmakers Trilogy #1
Source: Library
Published: 2014


The Great Disruption of 1799 threw the world into chaos.  Some areas moved into the future, some into the past, and some became a mix of old and new.  Sophia Tims’ parents are explorers, dedicated to bringing the world together through travel.  But they disappeared eight years ago, leaving Sophia with her uncle, the famous cartologer Shadrack.  When Shadrack is kidnapped, Sophia must use the maps to find an old ally, save her uncle, and save herself.

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“The day New Occident closed its borders, the hottest day of the year, was also the day Sophia Tims changed her life forever by losing track of time.”

The Glass Sentence is an immersive fantasy adventure set in a world unlike any other.  In 1799, the Great Disruption occurred, throwing some geographic areas into the future and some into the past.  Now, explorers travel the earth, hoping to make contact with other civilizations so as to bring the world back together.  Wonders unfold on every page as readers are introduced not only to distant lands and distant times, but also to creatures, people, and objects that border on the magical.

Any fan of fantasy will likely be delighted to open the pages of The Glass Sentence simply because of the detailed world-building.  It is true that the premise of the story seems very confusing and maybe not even explainable.  However, this uncertainty is part of the world.  People no longer understand their own reality.  But explorers and cartographers believe it is only a matter of time before they do.  In this, The Glass Sentence celebrates the spirit of scientific inquiry.

If readers were to have complaints about The Glass Sentence, I imagine that it might be that some will find the world-building too complex.  Readers do not only have to keep track of different locations and their relative time periods, but also have to follow the politics of New Occident.  The politics are, in fact, very timely–they mirror our own as the residents of New Occident buy seats in government and then debate issues such as closing the borders to “dangerous” foreign individuals.  However, the level of detail here means that readers have to pay attention and read carefully.

A fantasy like The Glass Sentence is always a precious find.  Carefully crafted with a highly original premise and a cast of lovable characters, this book is the kind that will have readers eagerly reaching  for the sequels.

4 stars


21 thoughts on “The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove

  1. Nicole Overmoyer says:

    I’m so glad I saw this! I saw someone talk about it on a booktube video and it sounded so interesting, but I needed to know more and you answered almost all the questions I had! Thanks for posting such a helpful review!


  2. Jenna @ Falling Letters says:

    That’s interesting that you read it back in 2014 and didn’t enjoy it then! Cos I remember trying to read this when it was first published as well but just not getting into it. Maybe I should give it another go. I really do like the premise…


    • Krysta says:

      I think the first time I was more confused. This time I must have either slowed down and paid more attention, or I was just more familiar with the book from my previous reading?

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