Roc, June 2003, 6.99, 352 pp.
Eleven years ago, Rani was at the wrong place at the wrong time and as the results of her actions the Glasswright's Guild was destroyed, its guildhall torn down, and its members tortured then sent into exile. Rani stayed in the kingdom of Morenia and became close friends of the king. She worked to build up a new Glasswright's Guild and she sponsored a troupe of entertainers, one of which, Tovin became her lover. All of this should have satisfied her yet she sill yearned to be accepted by her exiled guild now living in Brianta.
The Fellowship, a shadow organization that has members from every walk of life and armies to rule the world, force the Glasswright Guildmaster to invite Rani to Brianta to take the test to become a master in the Guild. When she arrives there, the fellowship contact her and force her to make a choice that will tear her apart.
THE GLASSWRIGHT'S TEST is fantasy the way it was meant to be written. The heroine is a very independent and determined woman who sets a goal and lets nothing and nobody stand in her way. That character trait is her biggest strength and weakness because it allows her to survive while pushing those close to her away. This reviewer can't wait for the next installment in this creative fantasy saga.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner