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.