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Bluecrowne: A Greenglass House Story

de Kate Milford

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In 1810, Lucy Bluecrowne, twelve, is bored living ashore with her stepmother and half brother until two nefarious strangers identify her little brother as the pyrotechnical prodigy they need for their evil plan.

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This is the third book in the series of the Greenglass house series. It is a really good read about Lucy. This book is kind of hard to get into but once you get into it you will love the stories about the fireworks and life at sea. If you want to do a series in your class this one would be good to do in a cycle.
  MeganAlise24 | Apr 6, 2020 |
I enjoyed this installment way more than I thought I would. It made me want to go read her Arcana books also.
The plot kept me turning pages way after I should have been asleep. I liked the mysterious plot in The Greenglass House, but the fantasy sci-fi plot of this one is way more to my liking. Try it even if you weren't thrilled with the first book. ( )
  JennyNau10 | Dec 7, 2019 |
The year is 1810, and Lucy Bluecrowne, dismayed at the prospect of being exiled from her long-time home aboard her father's ship, the Left-Handed Fate, does her best to accept these new "orders," and to reconcile herself to her new life on land. It helps that she will be living with her stepmother, Xiaoming, and her half brother Liao, and that her father has constructed the marvelous Greenglass House for her, based on all of the houses she has admired over the years, in their various ports of call. Lucy's feelings about these living arrangements are soon overshadowed however, as two nefarious characters - one a time-travelling villain more than willing to kill to get what he wants, the other a man with a supernatural talent for incendiary activities - target Liao. Can Lucy, always known for her cool head and strategic thinking, rescue her little brother? And what role will Xiaoming, who is not exactly what she seems, play in it all...?

Having greatly enjoyed Kate Milford's Greenglass House and Ghosts of Greenglass House, I was eager to pick up Bluecrowne, and learn bit about the family which first built this marvelous house, and the life of Nagspeake in a different time period. Unfortunately, despite my high expectations, at first I didn't particularly take to the story. Perhaps I was expecting a bit more about the house - one of my favorite "characters" in Milford's books - or perhaps I simply was missing Milo and the other beloved characters from the earlier Greenglass House books. Whatever the case may be, although I enjoyed the first half of this one, I didn't love it. Then, picking it up after a week's break, I simply raced through the second half, finding it immensely engaging. Perhaps I just wasn't in the right frame of mind, while reading the first half. Whatever the case may be, I ended up enjoying Bluecrowne immensely, even if there wasn't enough about Greenglass House itself in it, and finished it with a desire to track down the rest of the author's books. Lucy and Liao's adventures continue in The Left-Handed Fate, which will probably be the nest one I read, but other characters appear in such titles as The Boneshaker, The Broken Lands and The Kairos Mechanism. I anticipate lots of happy reading ahead, which is a lovely way to finish a book! Recommended to Milford fans, and to anyone who enjoyed the Greenglass House books. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Dec 14, 2018 |
This is the 3rd book in the Greenglass House series and the 2nd in the Arcana series. I really enjoyed a lot of Milford’s earlier books, thought Greenglass House was okay, but didn’t finish the Ghosts of Greenglass House. This book was better than the Ghosts of Greenglass House but I still didn’t love it. This book could be read as a stand alone and isn’t completely dependent on the previous books in the series.

This book is about the history of Greenglass House and follows Lucy’s story. Lucy and her brother try to make a home in Greenglass House with their mother; previous to this Lucy had spent all her life at sea with her father. It was a pretty simple story and I didn’t really like it all that much.

The story takes awhile to get going and is very predictable. It was a fairly quick read, but I wasn't very excited about it and had trouble staying engaged in the story.

I did enjoy the discussion about fireworks and how they work. I did not enjoy all the discussion about sailing (I have never been fond of books that talk a lot about boats).

Overall this was okay but not great. If you were a huge fan of the rest of the Greenglass House novels you will probably enjoy this one as well. Personally I liked Milford’s “Boneshaker” and “The Broken Lands” a lot more. ( )
  krau0098 | Nov 7, 2018 |
Bluecrowne is a deeply satisfying link between Greenglass House and The Left-Handed Fate: it's the story of Lucy and Liao in Nagspeake, where Captain Bluecrowne has decided they should live with Liao's mother, Madame Xiaoming, in the house he has had built there for them. (He decided life at sea was too dangerous for the children, particularly Lucy, after she was injured in a battle - much to Lucy's dismay and disagreement.) It is also the story of Trigemine, a roamer who works for Morvengarde, and Blister, an incendiary specialist who zeroes in on Liao's special talent for fireworks.


"Those who are too desperate to keep things from changing tend to do more damage than good." (Xiaoming to Lucy)

"It isn't as if I'm doing magic," he protested. "I'm just doing things you didn't realize could be done." (Liao to Lucy)

"Her heart is an albatross, Captain: the size of an eagle and tied to the oceans." (Nell re: Lucy)

It didn't look like it belonged here or now, but even he couldn't figure where or when he thought it might fit. (Trigemine re: Greenglass House)

"Let it be a lesson, Lucy," Xioming said. "It does not do to ignore the little voices that whisper when something is not right."

"But we ignore our instincts far too easily." (Xiaoming to Lucy)

"The saddest thing a mother or father must learn is that one cannot protect one's children from hurt." (Xiaoming to Lucy)


Re-read December 2018 in hardcover

"Nothing stays the same. Nothing can. Time works upon everything, and every morning we wake into a subtly different world than the one we fell asleep in the night before." (Xioaming to Lucy, 43)

"Those who are desperate to keep things from changing tend to do more damage than good." (Xioaming to Lucy, 46)


Re-read December 2020 ( )
  JennyArch | Mar 28, 2017 |
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