Book Review

Glass Coffin – Gabby Hutchinson Crouch

I am thrilled to be joining the blog tour for Glass Coffin by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch today. Many thanks to Gabby and Farrago  for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to be a part of the tour.


The tyrannous Huntsmen have declared everyone in one village to be outlaws, since they insisted on supporting the magical beings of neighbouring Darkwood. Why won’t they accept that magic is an abomination?

Far from being abominable, the residents of Darkwood are actually very nice when you get to know them, even Snow the White Knight, who can get a bit tetchy when people remind her she’s a Princess.

In order to stop the Huntsmen from wiping out all magical beings, Snow and her friends have to venture into the Badlands of Ashtrie, and seek the support of the Glass Witch – but she has plans of her own, and let’s just say they’re not good ones.

Glass Coffin is the final book in the acclaimed Darkwood trilogy – a modern fairy tale series to bewitch grown-up fans of Terry Pratchett and younger readers alike.


Glass Coffin Cover


When I saw the blurb for this book it sounded so far up my street that I signed up for the tour despite the fact that I hadn’t read books one and two series. I promptly went online to buy them and catch up and I wasn’t disappointed. Just reading the character list at the front of each book put a smile on my face.

The Darkwood series is a fairy tale reimagining like no other. Forget everything you thought you knew about wicked witches and delicate princesses, as this series turns their previous incarnations on their head. I particularly liked reluctant princess Snow and her pack of feral dwarves, and poor misunderstood Jack.

Glass Coffin is a suitably dramatic conclusion to the trilogy, with an awkward (to say the least) encounter with the bitter Glass Witch, and tensions between the Huntsmen and the Darkwood residents and their supporters reaching boiling point. Throughout the final adventure of our heroes, Gabby Hutchinson Crouch’s dry humour shines through even in life or death situations, making this a very entertaining read from start to finish.

Whilst on the surface Glass Coffin is a fun fairy tale retelling, deep down it is a story of acceptance and what can be achieved if everyone works together to fight intolerance. These vital messages are wrapped up in a wonderful adventure that will appeal to all ages. In fact, my oldest friend has a 13 year old son who loved the first two books in the series as much as I did, and I am so looking forward to discussing the entire trilogy with him once he has read this book.


Gabby Author pic

Gabby Hutchinson Crouch (Horrible Histories, Newzoids, The News Quiz, The Now Show) has a background in satire, and with the global political climate as it is, believes that now is an important time to explore themes of authoritarianism and intolerance in comedy and fiction. Born in Pontypool in Wales, and raised in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, Gabby now lives in Canterbury.



Don’t forget to visit the other blogs joining the tour for more about Glass Coffin and the Darkwood residents.

Glass Coffin BT Poster

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