What I’m Reading: Glass Rhapsody by Sarah Chorn

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We all have books we can’t wait for. I mean…unless you don’t like to read books of course but then you wouldn’t be following my boring posts. But if you love to read books then you have new stories you can’t wait for. My current read is one of those. The author has quickly risen to the list of authors on my auto buy list and is one whose style and prose will hit you in the feels; hit you hard, and leave you on your knees gasping for air only to beg for more when you can finally draw that breath. Why would you look forward to that raw emotional pain you ask? It’s because it’s so damn good.

So am I reading? Well…it’s Glass Rhapsody by Sarah Chorn.

Cover image of Glass Rhapsody by Sarah Chorn.

Book Blurb

“Five years ago, the Boundary fell. Now the Union is coming to claim Shine Territory as its own.

But not everyone wants to live under their heel.

In a hidden town run by women with rough pasts, life remains untouched until greed paves the way for conflict. Faced with few choices, Grace Hart must stop the Union to protect the women under her care.

Elroy McGlover has spent the past five years running from what he’d done in Matthew Esco’s name. Haunted by ghosts from his past, he returns to where it all went wrong. Enlisted to help Arlen Hobson fight against Union control, Elroy soon finds himself in the middle of a war for the heart of Shine Territory.

In the fight for the soul of the West, no one is innocent.”

Goodreads Blurb

Glass Rhapsody, by Sarah Chorn
Songs of Sefate #2
Self-Published
Publication Date: June 30, 2021
Kindle ARC

Initial Thoughts

I first discovered Sarah Chorn through posts on Twitter after her first novel Seraphina’s Lament came out. There was a lot of talk about her prose and atmosphere. I bought it but sat on it without reading it. Then in April of 2020 she released her second novel, Of Honey And Wildfires. Again I started seeing similar posts about her writing and it’s impact. So I decided to buy a copy and read it for Self-Published Fantasy Month. I was gutted. It hit hard early and I had to pour myself a drink, sit down, and start again. But I only made it about another chapter before I had to stop for the night. Not because it was bad, but because I had to get my breath. Of Honey And Wildfires became one of my fav reads of 2020 and is one of my fav self-published reads ever. You can read my review of it here.

So when Sarah asked if I’d read her next book Oh That Shotgun Sky, a novella which takes place just after the events from Of Honey And Wildfires I jumped at the chance. Again there was that raw, throbbing pain and emotion. Again there were those characters you’d fight for. Again that prose that cuts. Ugh…it was just fantastic. You can read my review for that book here.

I was now firmly a fan of Sarah Chorn’s writing. So again, when Sarah asked if I’d read the next book in the series, Glass Rhapsody I said “YES” in a heartbeat. No second thoughts, no reservations. I started the book a few days ago but work, being tired, and family commitments kept me from reading for more than one of them. I plan to just immerse myself in the reading from this point on though. Chapter one punched me in the gut once again. I’m trying (and failing) to stop myself from highlighting every other passage. There’s just so much amazing atmospheric prose and metaphor! Apart from the blurb above I don’t know where this story will go but I’m in my comfy chair, have some coffee on the table by my side and I’m ready. Well, I know that’s a lie…I think I’m ready…but if the past is any indicator Sarah will have me curled up on the floor in a fetal position before it’s all over. Bring it Sarah.

Have you read any of Sarah’s books? If so what did you think? If not, I strongly encourage you to check out the other books I’ve mentioned above.

Upcoming From Me

You may have noticed my posts have slowed down recently. That’s due to a number of factors including my reading for SPFBO, work, and family commitments. Work should hopefully ease up soon, and my SPFBO reading for the Before We Go Blog Team is paused for now (though it will pick up again at some point). I’d hoped to get a review up this weekend but it didn’t happen…so maybe next weekend. But I should pick up the pace soon. Here’s a quick overview of what I hope to come in the next few weeks…

  • Review of We Lie With Death by Devin Madson
  • Review of Glass Rhapsody
  • Read and review some upcoming Orbit releases and other recently published Orbit titles (details to come)
  • Read and review some more self-published fantasy that isn’t a part of SPFBO 7.

Beyond that, who knows. When the next round of SPFBO related reads comes for me as part of the Before We Go Blog team I’ll need to focus on that again for a while but I’m happy with the pacing. Thanks for sticking with me.

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