Title: The Glass Prince
Author: Sandra Bard
Release Date: December 3rd 2014
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: M/M Fantasy Romance
Kidnapping was not Daniel’s plan, but when he met a man who seemed unaffected by his magic, Daniel couldn’t just let him go.
Eren has every reason to hate Daniel, and no reason at all to like him. He’s not some fairytale to be kept in a glass room at the top of a tower. And he’s definitely going to have to rescue himself. He has a mother and girlfriend to get back to, after all, and a life waiting for him.
But the hardest part of escaping proves to be his reluctance to leave a man who is much more than he at first seemed…
The Glass Prince is categorized as a Gay Romance, but this is really only a small part of what the story is. The novella is set in a world of fantasy and magic, where strong mages are considered to be celebrities.
The Glass prince is Daniel Everwood’s story, told in part by the omniscient narrator who sees the ‘now’, and Daniel’s childhood flashbacks. It is these which enable us to connect with him on an emotional level, helping us to understand his self-imposed isolation and loneliness. In hearing the story of Daniel’s glass heart, we appreciate his power, which he also exercises on several occasions. This is also the reason why he thinks he can get away with the fact that he has kidnapped Eren and held him captive in a glass prison.
Eren becomes Daniel’s object of obsession as soon as the mage discovers Eren is immune to magic. Daniel has spent years of his life wearing gloves, to protect others, yet when he touches Eren without a barrier between them, Eren remains unaffected. This thought excites Daniel, emotionally and sexually, making him seek Eren out.
Eren’s characters lacks the depth of Daniel’s, for obvious plot reasons and though I understood Daniel’s need to be physically near someone, I wanted Eren to charm me too. It is during Eren’s manipulation of Daniel, using his sexuality, that the fantasy and romance genres cross. I remained unconvinced by Eren’s feelings and confused about the ending I felt these characters deserved.
The Glass Prince is a quick read and Sandra Bard’s writing style is interesting, although I would have probably preferred a more convoluted version of the story, giving the characters more time to develop.