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The Glass Maker's Daughter
By V. Briceland

Discussed August 2013

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Key Characters:

The Divetri:

  • Risa – the Glassmaker’s Daughter
  • Ero – Risa’s Father
  • Guila – Risa’s mother
  • Fredo – icky cousin
  • Fita – Housekeeper

Other of the Seven and Thirty:

  • Ferrer Cassamagi – Leader of the house of enchantments, teaches Risa to embrace her magic
  • Dom – A lost, befuddled old man, also King Alessandro

Common Folk:

  • Milo Sorranto – Guardsmen, Risa’s love interest
  • Camilla Sorranto – Milo’s Sister, interested in Amo
  • Amo – Glassmaker from outside the Seven & Thirty, interested in Camilla

Magic lies at the heart of Cassaforte, medieval city of bewitchments and intrigue. Cassaforte is home to sixteen-year-old Risa Divetri, whose fate is about to be decided by the gods. Risa has led the sheltered life of a nobleman's daughter, but soon she plans to leave home to study the family craft-creating enchanted glass objects. When the gods are consulted to determine which school she will attend, the impossible happens: Risa remains unchosen. The rejection sends Risa into a spiral of shame, anger, and confusion. If she's not meant to be a glass maker, what will she do? But when Cassaforte's age-old magic begins to unravel and dark forces threaten the kingdom, Risa's fiery spirit and untapped powers take her on a perilous journey--one that will lead her to her true destiny. (Goodreads Summary)

Questions:

  1. Did you enjoy The Glass Maker’s Daughter?
  2. What did you think of Cassaforte as a setting/world?
    • The great Seven & Thirty
    • The Olive Crown and Scepter
    • The Rite of Fealty
    • Was the latin-ish, Italian-ish vocab fun or annoying?
  3. What did you think of the ‘magic’ system in this story?
  4. What did you think of the story of Risa? Was her transition from child of privilege to heroine believable?
  5. Was the pacing appropriate?
  6. Were the characters interesting, believable and well developed?
  7. Would you read another Cassaforte Chronicle?
  8. Did you read The Bucaneer’s Apprentice?

The Buccaneer's Apprentice
By V. Briceland

Discussed August 2013

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On his first sea voyage away from the magical city of Cassaforte, seventeen-year-old Nic Dattore awakens to find the vessel overrun by marauding pirates—and everyone else on board kidnapped or killed. After slaying the pirate who attacked him, Nic tosses a torch into a cache of gunpowder and blows up the ship.

Washed up on a deserted island, Nic and a motley crew of castaways decide to commandeer the pirate ship to get home. They battle pirates, assassins, and a cursed ship with a powerful secret while racing against time to save Cassaforte from a diabolical plot

Key Characters:

  • Niccolo Dattore
  • Michaelo and Renaldo Dattore – a gay couple who shelter Nic during his final period of servitude
  • Armand Arturo – Leader of the theater troupe and liberator of Nic
  • Darcy Columbo
  • Jacomo Columbo
  • Maxl the Pirate
  • “Allyria” the enchanted ship
  • Compte Dumond
  • Risa Divetri, Enchantress of Cassaforte
  • Milo Sorranto, intended future King of Cassaforte

Questions

  1. Did you like The Buccaneer’s Apprentice?
  2. Did you like Nic?
  3. Did you find his backstory believable?
  4. Did you find the shift in tone and seriousness from “the glass maker’s daughter” acceptable?
  5. Did you like or dislike the theatrical allusions and references?
  6. Like The Glass Maker’s Daughter, this story moves abruptly from a small drama to an epic battle – did you enjoy that transition?
  7. The fantastical journey of Nico from indentured servant to heroic captain of a magical ship is pure melodrama – did you enjoy it?
  8. The story at first mocks, then follows the absurd plots and reversals of fortune of burlesque drama – what did you think of this?
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