Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Release Day Review: The Architect and the Castle of Glass by Jade Mere

architect and the castleTitle ~ The Architect and the Castle of Glass

Author ~ Jade Mere

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 27th March 2018

Genre ~ High Fantasy M/M Romance

Rating

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Synopsis

Chasing his dream will send him into a dark and twisted nightmare.

Tahki’s only goal is to become a world-famous architect, even if that means betraying his father’s wishes by abandoning his comfortable life for one of unpredictable danger.

After Tahki blindly accepts what he thinks will be a dream job, his skills as an architect are put to the test as he is given the bizarre—and slightly unethical—task of turning a remote castle into a new-age machine for Prince Dyraien. The castle provides a challenge unlike any he’s had before, and Tahki finds the only way he’ll be able to succeed is to swallow his pride and work alongside Rye, a guarded young man who is quick to see the flaws in both Tahki and his work.

Yet the looming deadline proves to be the least of Tahki’s troubles. When a horrifying creature begins to haunt him, Tahki turns to Rye for help. The more he learns about the history of the castle, the more terrifying the hauntings become. Even with Rye by his side, Tahki realizes achieving his dream might send him down a dark path from which he can’t return.

 

Freya’s Review

Tahki is an ambitious architect. He wants his designs to be applauded and revered. To prove his worth, he absconds on a dangerous venture to a world technology fair in an enemy country. While there, he is offered a job that seemingly gives him everything he wants. But the young and ambitious can be deceived.

The story is told in the third person from Tahki’s POV and involves ambition, power and paranormal events.  The main cast is small, and I’ll admit that I spent too much time wondering how to pronounce their names. So, I came up with the closest I could and ran with it.

Tahki has his ego and is so desperate to prove himself that his blindness could be annoying. He questions everything, does the opposite of what he is told and rarely believes what he is told. His journey is one of learning to trust and lose some of his entitled attitude. Self-belief is one thing, but to be blinkered with it is dangerous. It made a change to read a novel from this viewpoint rather than the underdog looking upward. Oh, and there are plenty of moments of – He Froze.

Gale is the old lady that one never knows how she’s going to react.

Rye, the love interest, is loyal and respectful, the voice of reason and most likely the only regular person in the story. The more I read of this chappy, the more I liked him. Initially, he seems to despise Tahki, but views can change.

Prince Dyraien wants power, is manipulative, and comes over as having a screw loose.

Sornjia, Tahki’s twin brother, is like Yoda without the lightsabre – he is connected to everything and gives his advice cryptically and freely. He acts when he knows the outcome will be better for it.

The country is going through change, where power is transferring to the hands of the people rather than its royalty. The prince needs to be needed – have power. He, therefore, asks Tahki to change the castle into a weapon to protect his people. He’s definitely up to something.

Tahki has to unravel the mystery and do what’s right.

I know I’ve already used the word cryptic, but I think that is the best way to describe this story. Most of the plot comes across cryptically. Little details here, another one there, a bit of misguidance somewhere else. Nothing becomes clear until the end.

After reading, the words I’d use to describe the story would be interesting and fascinating. When it came together, the action was good, too. The concept is also one that could be expanded on at a later date.

The Architect And The Castle Of Glass is one of those tales that I found frustrating to read, mainly because of the times I wanted to slap Tahki, but appreciated at the end.

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Connect with Jade Mere

Jade Mere is a writer and illustrator residing in the Pacific Northwest. She has a passion for writing fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal stories. When Jade isn’t tapping away at her computer or yelling at her drawing tablet, she enjoys hiking with her dogs, kayaking, and traveling.

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