Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Magic, Fiction, Magic, Magicians
Publication date: May 1, 2009
Within seconds of getting comfortable, I fell asleep. The wind whistled in my dreams as I ran from the waves. The sand sucked at my feet and hindered my movements before melting under me. I slogged through thick molten glass as a huge wave grew behind me. Riding on top of the waves was Blue Eyes. He beckoned to me. His voice echoes in my chest. “Finish the job.”
Growing up as a glassmaker and becoming a magician-in-training has taught Opal Cowan what it means to survive trial by fire. When someone sabotages the Stormdance clan’s glass orbs causing the deaths of their most powerful magicians, the Stormdancers call of Opal’s unique talents to prevent it from happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must learn to tap into a new kind of magic. As she delves further into the intriguing connection between glass and magic the more distorted things appear. Lives hang in the balance, forcing Opal to learn how to control her powers – powers that could lead to disaster beyond anything she’s ever known.
I absolutely adored the way that Snyder continued to expand the world in this series. While I’ve previously read the 6 books in the Poison Study series, I didn’t realize just how much I was missing by not reading the Glass trilogy. To prevent anyone from going through the same things that I did, I’d highly recommend reading Storm Glass after finishing Fire Study – basically, follow the Chronicles of Ixia order.
In Storm Glass, the reader is introduced to much of Sitia that we hadn’t yet explored. Not only are you given a look at the Stormdance lands, you’re also taken on a tour of some of the other clan homelands. I certainly found this useful as a tool to understand the world that these characters are living in.
Speaking of the characters, I greatly enjoyed seeing a side of known characters – such as Opal and Leif – that we didn’t get to see from Yelena’s perspective, as well as getting to know new characters. Opal has already gone through a lot in her life before the events in this book, but Storm Glass just goes to show how strong Opal is and the lengths she’s willing to go to protect the innocent.
If you’re interested in a land filled with magic and mystery, you might want to give these books a try. Whether through Yelena’s perspective or Opal’s, you’ll learn a lot about the magic system in this world. Not to mention exploring magical talents the likes of which Sitia has never seen before.
(For some events in the Poison Study trilogy as well, as they are all part of the Chronicles of Ixia master series.)
Like I briefly mentioned already, I really enjoyed getting to see the lengths to which Opal was willing to go. She lost her sister during the events of Magic Study, and instead of letting it break her, she grew from these experiences. She didn’t understand how Yelena could forgive her for drugging her in her escape, until she began to understand what it meant to make sacrifices for other people. While it’s still going to take Opal a while to fully grasp how Yelena was able to forgive her so easily and to consider Opal to truly be her friend, Opal has started down the path.
It couldn’t have been easy for Opal, struggling to learn magic at the Keep and feeling less than the others only to learn that many of them thought she looked down on them. She kept to herself out of awkwardness and a feeling of inadequacy, but this just made people feel like her connection to Yelena was causing her to feel superior. It was refreshing to see Opal start to understand the other side of the equation.
My biggest complaint with this book would be the fact that the romance felt rushed at times. While I did enjoy getting to know Kade in this book, I don’t feel as if he and Opal were together long enough to actually form a strong enough connection to be considered a romantic relationship. I understand that while Opal was “with” Ulrick she was pining after Kade, but this pining isn’t enough for me to believe that Opal and Kade should end up together. I hope that he does more in the rest of the series to sway my opinion, because as of right now I feel as if their connection is tenuous at best.
That being said, I’m glad that Opal didn’t end up with Ulrick. Sure he ended up being extremely wrong for Opal – and let Devlen pretend to be him in order to con Opal into freeing his mentor from his prison – but I could at least understand why the two of them tried to be together. They certainly had more in common with each other than Opal and Kade did. Both felt unwanted by their families, like they weren’t good enough at blowing glass. Both possess unlikely magical abilities, subtle enough as to not be picked up until spotted on accident.
Speaking of Devlen, I found it extremely interesting to see the glass prison in action. Learning that they called to both Opal and Yelena when close enough was certainly interesting. Valek certainly went to great lengths in order to hide these orbs, I can only hope that he manages to find an equally convoluted place to hide the orb this time +.
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