The Swords of Glass

Illustrated by Laura Zuccheri

In a world threatened by the imminent death of its sun, young Yama lives a relatively happy and peaceful life as the daughter of the chief of the village. But everything changes the day a sword of glass falls from the sky, just as the prophecy had announced. Anyone who touches the sword is instantly turned to glass and dies. Orland, the local lord of war, comes to take possession of the unique weapon but fails to retrieve it. In the process, Yama’s father is killed and her mother taken away. Yama, however, escapes and survives with only one thought: when she grows up, she will return to get the sword of glass, and avenge her parents.

Laura Zuccheri is an Italian artist who has worked on numerous Italian publications including “Ken Parker” magazine, “The Condemned” and “Hardware” (Sergio Bonelli). She won the The Grand Guinigi Award for Best Art at Lucca Festival for her “Swords of Glass” work.

"Zuccheri’s visuals are the book’s strongest point, especially her lush depictions of the natural world—the frequent forest scenes are breathtaking. She also shines as a character designer: each soldier, merchant, fishwife, and warrior radiates personality, and it’s delightfully easy to get lost in Yama’s brightly colored world." - Publishers Weekly "The best slab of Euro-fantasy I have read for some considerable time." - Page45.com

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