A Face Like Glass
In this fantasy Hardinge (The Lie Tree, 2016) imagines the underground city of Caverna where the world’s most skilled craftsmen toil in darkness to create magical luxuries including wine that removes memories and mind-altering cheese. On the surface, the people seem ordinary except for the blank look on their faces. Here emotions must be learned and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person joy, despair, or fear. When the young apprentice cheese-maker Neverfell stumbles into this dark world, she’s immediately marked as a dangerous outsider because her face reveals true, unguarded emotion. Forced to wear a mask, Neverfell soon finds herself the pawn of various schemers among the Court and eventually the face of a revolution.