"They thought to bury us. They never saw that we were seeds. Seeds of glass and steel, stronger and more resilient than either."
Title: Healing Glass
Author: Jackie Keswick
Series: Gifted Guilds #1
Release date: May 13, 2019
Genre: M/M Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy Romance
Length: approx. 87,000 words
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A dying city.
An ancient, forgotten accord.
And two gifted men caught in a web of greed and dark magic.
Despite belonging to different guilds, glass master Minel and warrior captain Falcon are friends. Their duties keep them apart, but when Minel falls ill and chooses death rather than the only known cure, nothing can keep Falcon from his side.
While their friendship grows into more, old wrongs and one man's machinations threaten the floating city and leave both Minel and Falcon fighting for their lives. Can they learn to combine their gifts to save the city and its magic, or will everything they know and love perish before their eyes?
Healing Glass is an LGBT fantasy adventure with its head in the clouds. If you like medieval backdrops, impressive world-building, three-dimensional characters and a touch of magic, then you'll love Jackie Keswick's socially-conscious adventure.
Hi everyone, I’m Jackie Keswick, and I’d like to start by thanking Amy for hosting me on the blog and letting me talk a little about my latest project. Healing Glasstells the story of the Craft Guild, one of the three Gifted Guilds, through one of their most accomplished artists. Minel is a glassmaker, and at age 24 already an invested Craft Master.
In my fantasy world, perfectly ordinary people live alongside those who are gifted with special talents. And those gifts can take various shapes. Members of the Craft Guild, like Master Minel, are artisans. They create decorative and functional items, but what sets them apart from other crafts is their ability to enhance the pieces they create.
Imagine your favourite necklace could also protect you from migraines or cure you if you contracted a cold or the measles. Imagine a simple ornament you place on your desk would ensure that you can work without getting stressed or tired. Minel could create a charm for a child so they wouldn’t be afraid in the dark or craft a wedding ring that would make you remember every moment of your special day every time you looked at it.
Okay, if you’re happily married, that last one also happens without Minel’s intervention, but you get the drift! In my world, being gifted is normal and magic is part of the fabric that holds the world together.
When that balance is lost, though, when magic is being bent and forced to other purposes, then things start to go wrong. Dramatically so, and both Minel and his best friend, warrior captain Falcon, are caught up in the machinations and almost lose their lives over them.
One of the things that saves them is their friendship and the trust they have in one another, which only grows stronger and more resilient as their friendship matures into more. When Minel and Falcon join forces, they’re so much more than just two friends who have become lovers. They’re glass and steel, forged into one by adversity and – like all such amalgams – they’re stronger together than they’d each be alone. Stronger, and more suited to fix what has gone wrong in their world.
About the author:
Jackie Keswick was born behind the Iron Curtain with itchy feet, a bent for rocks and a recurring dream of stepping off a bus in the middle of nowhere to go home. She's worked in a hospital and as the only girl with 52 men on an oil rig, spent a winter in Moscow and a summer in Iceland and finally settled in the country of her dreams with her dream team: a husband, a cat, a tandem, a hammer and a laptop.
Jackie loves unexpected reunions and second chances, and men who don't follow the rules when those rules are stupid. She blogs about English history and food, has a thing for green eyes, and is a great believer in making up soundtracks for everything, including her characters and the cat.
And she still hasn't found the place where the bus stops.
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