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 (Source:Goodreads).
Poison Study is one of my absolute favorite books of all time, I think I’ve read it three times now since the first time a couple of years ago. The last two books in that trilogy were disappointing to me, however. I was afraid that this trilogy would let me down as well. I never got too attached to Opal when she appeared in the Magic trilogy and I didn’t think she would be able to carry a trilogy all on her own. So I decided to wait until all three books were out, and then try Storm Glass and see how I liked it.
I read the entire trilogy in two days (the third book is available on NetGalley!). They are brilliant! I liked this trilogy much better than the first one overall, although Poison Study definitely remains my favorite of the books. Opal made a fantastic heroine. She makes mistakes. Lots of them. In fact, it is safe to say she messes things up much more often than she gets them right. It makes her character growth so compelling to read about, because you can actually see the way she learns and develops.
She is The Glass Magician, and even though her powers are absolutely original and she is the only one capable of doing them, she still feels like a “one-trick wonder” and that she is weak and even useless. Regardless of how she feels about her abilities, she gets sent on an important mission and ends up involving herself in quite a doozy of a situation. Besides the magical drama she gets mixed up in, there is also plenty of romance to sink your teeth into. In fact, I’d love to talk about the men in her life with anyone that has read this, there are some interesting twists and turns that I think would make a good discussion.
This is a very fast-paced book, it doesn’t take long at all to read because you won’t want to put it down. I definitely recommend having the others on hand, because you won’t want to wait long before picking them up! You can bet that I won’t be doubting Maria V. Snyder ever again.