Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Storm Glass by Maria Snyder

From Goodreads: 
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.

I love this world! Glass Study picks up where the Study series ended, but told from the point of view of Opal. I would recommend reading the poison study series first because this book makes many references to characters and events from that series. I was a little confused at times, and I read the first series! 

I appreciated learning about the glass process. As with the poisons, we learn about glass blowing with the same meticulous attention to detail. I came away from the book wanting to learn the craft.

My only complaint with the book is that I wish Opal could have been stronger. I like a character that appears real, but she is almost too weak. She underestimates herself, downplays her abilities, and disregards her achievements. And while her friends congratulate her on her modesty, it got a little annoying.

Rating: 4
Published: 5.2009

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