Book Review: Glass Into Steel by Michele Amitrani

I never asked to witness the end of my civilization. Never asked to see the charred bodies of my parents, and our cities reduced to ashes.

I was singing in the biggest venue of my birthplace when the invaders’s ships made our sky black, and the slaughter began.

That was just the beginning.

They put me and the other captured prisoners into a cargo ship. All singers. Just like me.

Now I’m on a planet called Husayon. I am chained. I am a slave. Forced to sing for my masters, who feed on my music.

I don’t know how long I will last here. The only thing I know is that my music is my curse and my greatest gift.

It could be the only thing that saves what’s left of my species from complete extinction.

Book Review:

More often than not, when I started reading a book, a story, or a novella, I find it difficult to read the first few pages since this is where the world-building, characterization, introduction, and everything else that is needed for the novel to have a solid base of its plotline. I’ve read a lot of books. Maybe average for a reader but what struck me the most was Michele Amitrani’s writing style. It has a certain way that will let you simply immersed with his words right out in the bat.

Glass Into Steel is a wonderful introduction of how a certain magical familiar we’ve known in books has been introduced. Amitrani never fails to write a story that readers can empathize with and at the same time, amazed by the underlying concept that the author use for this short story.

This short story is explosive, a manifestation of how much the character is willing to endure for survival and how a community saves its people. And In the end, it provides the combination of hope, sadness, and nostalgia but at the same time, it intertwines with the birth of a new race that we will all come to love. I just hope that this novella is a full-blown series. I would read it all the way.

Read Glass Into Steel, here.


Michele Amitrani is a self-published author living in beautiful British Columbia. He has grown up writing of falling empires, space battles, mortal betrayals, monumental decisions and everything in between.

He now spends his days traveling through time and space and, more often than not, writing about impossible but necessary worlds.

When Michele is not busy chasing dragons or mastering the Force, you can find him at or hanging out on Facebook at /MicheleAmitraniAuthor.

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