The Past is a Fragile Thing
For Shade, returning to Taralius is like a homecoming she never wanted. She soon finds that old relationships are changed and past contacts have turned sour. Worse yet, a bitter enemy stalks the streets—a venomous assassin who’s sworn to deliver Shade to her own sending.
Meanwhile, others in the city are delving into their own pasts. While Second Corporal Avendor Tarcoth re-establishes contacts from the shadowy life he thought he’d left behind, Tiberius follows the trail of an unexpected message toward an equally unexpected encounter. Neither man is aware of the dangers that stalk them.
Far across the Realm, the man calling himself Carvesh Tarne leads a small company through the depths of Jadenwood in search of answers surrounding the shadowbeasts that nearly destroyed his home and family. But answers aren’t always what they seem. Sometimes they fight back.
—Alex, Spells and Spaceships Blog
The Riven Realm series continues its fine form with A Shattering of Glass. Matthews’ storytelling goes from strength to strength, this novella my favourite of the three published so far.
—Ben Holland, co-host of Beth Ben Books and Booze Podcast
A Shattering of Glass grabbed me from the opening chapter and didn’t let go. The Riven Realm is one of the best new fantasy series I’ve read in years.
Key to this series and A Shattering of Glass in particular is Matthews' ability to pace his reveals to get the most out of every character.