Tuesday, July 14, 2009

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 Stormdancersparticularly 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.

Character Development: 10/10
Originality: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Voice: 10/10
Setting: 10/10
Total Score: 70/70

Grade: A+

Age Appropriate?
Cussing: Some.
Drugs, alcohol, etc.: Don't think so...
Sexual Content: Yes, but not descriptive.
Disturbing Images/ Violence: Abuse, fights, blood, gore, etc.

If you've been paying attention to our reviews, you probably realized that Maria V. Snyder has us hooked on her AMAZING writing. Storm Glass definitely lived up to all expectations.

Storm Glass is the beginning of a new series, but takes place in the same world as the Study Books. In it, Snyder introduces a new heroine, one that was a supporting character in the other books: Opal. Masterly, Snyder created a new voice and a new personality much different from Yelena's. Since her books are told in the first person perspective, she must establish a difference between her main characters: Opal and Yelena. She did this perfectly.

The loved characters from the Study Books make a second appearance! But this time, they are seen in a different way from a different person's perspective. It is very interesting and also comforting to hear about the beloved Yelena, Valek, Janco, and Leif.

The writing is phenomenal, vivid, understandable, relatable and amazing to read. The character development exceeds that of many of the books in the young adult section of the bookstore. And the plot is unbelievable. These books will keep you entranced in their world long after you close the pages. READ IT.


  1. Duh. It's Maria V. Snyder. Any of her books are expected to be PHENOMENAL! :) I'm waiting till the library's order gets shipped in. And trust me, I will be the first to check it out!

  2. I will definitely be reading this one!


  3. Maybe I'll check out her stuff since you seem to like her so much :)



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