Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder

**** Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder****

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.


Okay, so I've read Poison Study and Magic Study. I wasn't really expecting much but when I first read Poison Study I did a double-take. And it wasn't only the books, Snyder's writing is fantastic. She can take you into another world, without acting like she was doing it in the first place because everything felt so natural. Sort of like how I felt when I read the Harry Potter series, but that's another time and place.

Storm Glass is a continuation of the Study trilogy (and I wish I would have known that, because I haven't read Fire Study yet, and it kind of spoils things) only focusing on Opal Cowen, who I vaguely remembered from Magic Study. I love how different the two stories can be while being in the same place. Things are still difficult in Sitia, and it's kind of obvious that Opal doesn't think she can handle it, but in this book you can see her grow.

I just really love this book. Even if I hadn't read most of the Study trilogy, I still would have been drawn to it just from the cover. I've been searching around my local Borders for Sea Glass, but I've yet to find it. Can't wait till I do!


1 comment:

Kristen said...

I just met Maria two weeks ago - she is SO awesome. If you're on goodreads, you should join Study Buddies - which is all about her and her books. :-D