It’s my turn on the BlogTour Glass Coffin by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch. ‘The final book in the acclaimed Darkwood trilogy – a modern fairy tale series to bewitch grown-up fans of Terry Pratchett and younger readers alike.’
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. Follow Gabby @Scriblit on Twitter
About the book
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?
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.
This is the third book in the Darkwood series and I would definitely recommend reading the first two in the series, although this is also an entertaining standalone read.
The group of misfits aka alleged abominations finally make their way to the Badlands of Ashtrie to meet the Glass Witch (insert ominous music here). Their journey is a bit like Dorothy and friends travelling and confronting their fears, and coming to terms with the past.
The Glass Witch is an opponent like no other and if you have ever encountered a choose the right door puzzle, then you will have some inkling of how the GW works her manipulations.
There are so many unique characters with their own backstory and all worthy of a story of their own, which just speaks to how good the world building is. Crouch has certainly created a memorable series. Her very specific style and sardonic wit throughout combined with a new slant on old friends is absolutely what makes this a great read.
It’s the kind of story that makes readers out of kids, because it is an explosion of imagination and creativity. A reimagining of fairytales and favourite characters. It’s also unfortunately the last book in the series – one can only hope there will be some kind of spin-off, perhaps the World of Trevor by Trevor or getting into the nitty-gritty of Bin Night.