Thursday, August 20, 2009

Storm Glass

Storm Glass
by Maria V. Snyder

# of pages: 448
Age Range: 14+
Rating: 4.5/5

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 in to 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.

One thing I can always expect from Maria V. Snyder is a good book. Storm Glass certainly met those expectations and went beyond, and I can't wait to read the sequel Sea Glass which comes out in a couple days.

A companion series to Snyder's award winning Study series, Storm Glass reintroduces Opal Cowan the "one trick wonder" glass magician, five years after the end of the last Study book, making Opal a nineteen year old senior at the "keep", the school for magicians in Sitia. Opal is surprised to be chosen for a magic mission - until she learns it has to do with glass. The Stormdance glass orbs are mysteriously breaking, and with each broken orb a Stormdancer is killed. After quickly solving the problem Opal believes her mission is done, but it has just started.

As Opal is thrust into one dangerous situation after another she learns things about herself and her power that she never knew or expected. But what she learns isn't necessarily good, and though her power may be stronger than she anticipated, she could loose it in a snap if she is not careful.Snyder throws two love interests into the mix making Opal's life even more complicated. And as horrors of her past surface in her memory, Opal must choose who she loves, and who she trusts.

With two main plot lines slowing mixing together, readers are left anxious for the second book in the series, and book number two is sure to be a hit. If you like Storm Glass you should definitely check out these other books:

Study Series by Maria V. Snyder.
Prsim by Kaye Fellerman
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Graceling by Kristen Cashore
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Magic Bites by Ilona Daniels
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Buy Storm glass here

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-M.

1 comment:

BrittLit said...

I guess I should try out Maria V. Snyder. If you say that you can always expected a good book. This story sounds amazing. I like books that leave me wanting the next one.