Title: Storm Glass
Author Maria V. Snyder
The Blurb: 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 never knew she possessed… powers that might lead to disaster beyond anything she’s ever known.
My Thoughts: I had very high expectations for STORM GLASS as it is the first in a new Trilogy that follows on from the wonderful ‘Study Series’. While it was still a very good read it just missed the mark for me compared to all three books in the Study Series; which each had me burning the midnight oil in an effort not to finish a single moment. The plot and storyline of STORM GLASS were very well done, author, Maria V. Snyder has a talent of being able to write complex and multilayered plots in an easy to read manner. But this time her characters let me down. I couldn’t warm to Opal – she was all over the place emotionally and must have had a large sign stuck to her back saying kidnap me I’m an easy target. There is an expression in Australia “poor bugger me” which fits Opal’s character perfectly. She just mopes around and says that she is no good, nobody loves her and everyone hates her and everyone else should try and change things for her rather than get off her backside and do it herself. I found her to be actually quite stupid and not a loveable character at all. Though there was growth in her powers, there was no growth in her as a character. The supporting cast wasn’t that much better; it was if all the characters were there to fill in the gaps between the glass blowing descriptions. Yes, Snyder had obviously researched every little aspect of glass blowing and by golly her readers were going to learn about it too!!! There was just enough of a potential plot, and a bit of a love interest conflict, to keep me interested in what was happening so I do hope that the next book in the trilogy is more character and plot driven rather than glass blowing driven.
Rating: C – Above Average is very readable and enjoyable
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