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228. Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder...

December 16, 2009
storm glassAbout the book:
As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it's time to test her mettle. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan's glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers--particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade--require Opal's unique talents to prevent it happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap into a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening. And the further she delves into the intrigue behind the glass and magic, the more distorted things appear. With lives hanging in the balance--including her own--Opal must control powers she hadn't known she possessed...powers that might lead to disaster beyond anything she's ever known.

drey's thoughts:
Storm Glass is a continuation of the characters from Maria V. Snyder's Study series, but has a different character focus. We've shifted from Yelena's story, to Opal Cowen's. Opal was a minor character in Yelena's story, who helped Yelena out with her glass creations. She is now a magician-in-training, but her skills seems to be limited to the ability to make glass that other magicians can use to communicate. That, in addition to her history with Yelena, means most of the other students either shun or humiliate her. So, she's not a happy camper, except when she gets to work with glass.

But, because of her unique skill, she's asked to help the Stormdancers figure out what has been going wrong with their orbs. And while there, she meets Kade and is surprised by the spark of connection between the two of them. But Kade is in mourning, and has no room for Opal in his life, or his heart. So she goes on, without him. Then, she meets Ulrick, another glassmaker with limited magical ability. He becomes her sort-of protector, but she's torn between the two men.

I like Opal quite a bit more than Yelena. Can't quite pinpoint why, but I do. The situations she finds herself in, seem a bit more realistic, and the resolution more attainable without all of the harrowing trials that Yelena went through. Which is good, I guess. If the sky kept falling, there wouldn't be much of a sky left, would there? *grin* I'm looking forward to Sea Glass, to see if the story gets better.

Title: Storm Glass (Glass #1)
Author: Maria V. Snyder
ISBN-10: 0778325644
ISBN-13: 9780778325642
Paperback: 488 pages
Publisher: Mira, 2009

Challenges: 100+, Pub, Series, Support Your Local Library

Disclosure: My copy of Storm Glass took a side trip from the library to my house on it's way to more important destinations.


Vanessa said...

I loved Poison Study, and looking forward to reading this series as well. Great review!

bermudaonion said...

Glassmaker and magician in training sounds like an interesting combination.

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