Welcome to my stop on the Glass Coffin blog tour! Huge thanks to Random Things Tours for giving me the opportunity to take part in this!
Just a quick aside, I got incredibly excited by the summary of this novel that I somehow completely missed the fact that this is the last in a trilogy. So, for today I am highlighting some wonderful reviews, but keep an eye out as I’ve bought the first two books and plan to review the trilogy!
Publisher: Farrago Books
Publication Date: 03/06/2021
Length: 304 pages
Genre: Fantasy | Middle Grade
The tyrannous Huntsmen have declared everyone in one village to be outlaws, since they insist on supporting the magical beings of neighbouring Darkwood. Why won’t they accept that magic is an abomination?GoodReads
Far from being abominable, the residents of Darkwood are actually very nice when you get to know them, even Snow the White Knight, who can get a bit tetchy when people remind her she’s a Princess.
In order to stop the Huntsmen from wiping out all magical beings, Snow and her friends have to venture into the Badlands of Ashtrie, and seek the support of the Glass Witch – but she has plans of her own, and let’s just say they’re not good ones.
Glass Coffin is absolutely jam-packed with creatures from the stories we all grew up with, with a slight twist. Little Red Riding Hood is a werewolf, Snow White is a knight, the Pied Piper is a pickler, and even Odette from Swan Lake makes an appearance. I absolutely loved discovering who all the characters were in the stories I have read before, and they worked so well together as a team in this one.Page to Stage Reviews
I’m a big fan of fairy tale retellings, a bit nerdy about them to be honest, but these are such joyous books, definitely read the previous two, Darkwood and Such Big Teeth, so you meet all the characters and learn the entire story first before venturing into Glass Coffin. You won’t regret it.ramblingmads
The story is funny and also exciting. I like what happens to the characters and the adventure they all have. I especially liked what happened with Buttercup who shows herself to be stronger and more resilient than expected. I love how she constantly turns things into pastries and breads even at dramatic moments, and I also loved all the moments with Trevor the talking spider who made the whole story much more fun and funny.The Strawberry Post
This book really embodies all the best things about fairy tales, from the oral, storyteller-like narrative to the magical adventures. Even the character names are ones you may be familiar with: ‘Hansel’, ‘Gretel’, ‘Jack’ and ‘Princess Snow’. Each character has well-constructed backstories, and combined with the immersive environmental descriptions, this made for wonderful world-building. The writing is also hilarious and silly and incorporates the playful, emotive language that people often link to folktales.insideoutreviews
About the Author
Gabby Hutchinson Crouch (Horrible Histories, Newzoids, The News Quiz, The Now Show) has a background in satire, and with the global political climate as it is, believes that now is an important time to explore themes of authoritarianism and intolerance in comedy and fiction. Born in Pontypool in Wales, and raised in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, Gabby now lives in Canterbury.