Title: Glove of Satin, Glove of Bone
Author Name & Publisher: Rachel White (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 8, 2016 – 205 pgs
Enne Datchery and Muriel vas Veldina, ex-lovers and witches with a shared apprentice, are tasked by the Citadel, to repair an old grimoire together, despite the fact their relationship is tense at best.
The situation is further complicated when the book is stolen, and tracking down the thief stirs even more of Muriel’s past. It swiftly becomes clear to the two that dealing with their fractured relationship is going to be the easy part of the assignment—if they can live long enough to complete it.
This was an interesting world, and although we don’t get the reason for why everything is the way it is, there is an underlying order and basis for the way the world works. I really enjoyed Enne and Muriel as witches, and their relationship was fascinating in the way they interacted with each other. It’s very rare to sit in on the end of a relationship, to be able to watch how miscommunication and pride get in the way of the feelings that are still there. The crisis that they have to address forces them to work together, and that closeness makes them each notice the other in different light. It makes them look past their own prejudice about what happened in the relationship and remember what drew them together in the first place. Muriel’s beliefs about balance, made more poignant by her own past wickedness, are an interesting theme within the story. I like this book because it shows that sometimes things work out, that sometimes good things don’t have to end, and yes, that sometimes love conquers all. I definitely liked this book.
Rachel White was born and raised in L.A., California, but moved north for college. An avid reader for as long as she can remember, she started writing in high school and hasn’t stopped since. Though her favorite genre is probably fantasy, she’ll devour a good book no matter what shelf it belongs to, and she takes an equally experimental approach to her own writing, hopping between ideas, genres, and stories as it suits her.
Along with writing, Rachel has been drawing since she was a little girl and also loves to bake, particularly bread; don’t ask her about her sourdough starter unless you reallywant to know. Writing, however, remains her first and strongest passion.