Giveaway: ARC of Touchstone, by Melanie Rawn

I recently had the pleasure of reading an ARC (advanced reading copy) of Melanie Rawn’s forthcoming novel TOUCHSTONE (Book One of The Glass Thorns).

It’s due on the shelves in February 2012.

Because this time of year in the USA (and other places as well) is the season of gift giving, I’m giving away the ARC.

Rules (ETA: Yes, it’s open internationally)

1) Post a comment to enter (either here or on my LiveJournal mirror)

between now and midnight on December 25.

2) On December 26 I will announce the winner (drawn randomly from all entries) on this blog (they’ll then need to contact me so I can mail them the ARC).


Here is the back of the book description:

Cayden Silversun is part Elven, part Fae, part human Wizard–and all rebel. His aristocratic mother would have him follow his father to the Royal Court, to make a high-society living off the scraps of kings. But Cade lives and breathes for the theater, and his troupe is something very special.

The four of them intend to enter the highest reaches of society and power, but not the way Cade’s mother thinks they should. They’ll be the greatest players of all time, or die trying.

Come experience the magic of Touchstone: wholly charming characters in a remarkably original fantasy world. You’ll never want to leave.


Here’s what I said:

Melanie Rawn is in her usual fine form with a vivid world and thoroughly captivating characters. A masterful blend of plot, character, and setting makes reading seem effortless in this tale of four young men devoted to the magical theater of their world. Rawn’s skill as a writer brings you right onto the stage with them.


And here’s the Publishers’ Weekly review:

Rawn takes heroic fantasy to its logical conclusion, creating a lived-in world where the scars from magical wars still linger and pure blood is a thing of the distant past. Cayden Silversun is the playwright and manager of the up-and-coming magical theater group Touchstone, alongside his friends Rafe and Jeska and the startlingly talented Mieka Windthistle. Despite their differences, wild Mieka and sensible Cade become fast friends. Shunned by his family, Cade is driven to prove himself, pushing Touchstone to ever greater heights. But as their fame grows, so do Mieka’s drug abuse and self-destructive behavior. Cade, troubled by prophetic visions of Mieka’s possible futures, wonders whether he has the right—or the obligation—to interfere with his impetuous friend’s choices. This strong, heartfelt, and familiar performer’s tale is full of astonishing promise, powerful but co-dependent friendships, insecurity, and addiction, and it will appeal to fantasy fans and theater lovers alike. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 12/05/2011




17 thoughts on “Giveaway: ARC of Touchstone, by Melanie Rawn

  1. The only Melanie Rawn novel I’ve read is a certain three way collaboration involving Jennifer Roberson, and oh, yeah, you, Kate. 😉

    So I am curious as to what she does, solo. So yeah, count this as a giveaway entry. 🙂

  2. So she has another new series coming out? I am glad Melanie Rawn is back writing. I missed her work. Maybe some day she will finish Exiles (or just let me see the notes of how it will end would be nice too). I will give her credit though, because I was reading her stuff I read the Golden Key and discovered your writing.

  3. oh i need this book whether i win the arc or not. So pleased melanie is back in the saddle as it were, although i did enjoy the more recent stuff she has done its great to read she has written some new full fantasy. Am excited now, thanks Kate!

  4. I’m in! I’ve yet read anything by this writer. I know, I know I should have. She is in my list, but somehow other books pop up and get first.
    Thanks for the contest!

  5. That sounds geat. Even just reading descriptions and reviews made me grin. It sort of Cade sounds reminiscent of Ebany Salmonderiel from Katharine Kerr’s Deverry series.
    Hope you have a Merry Christmas

  6. Sigh…my chances of winning are slim to none since I NEVER win anything at all ever…but I shall throw my entry in and hope, as always, for the best. Eternal optimist right here 🙂

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