Saturday, September 16, 2023

REVIEW: Sea Glass (Glass #2) by Maria V. Snyder

Sea Glass
My Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Opal Cowan has just discovered a terrifying and substantial new power that can render any magician powerless. Despite being ordered to house arrest by the Council and Master Magicians, Opal defies these orders and sneaks out in an attempt to find Ulrik, whom she believes to have been deceived by blood magic. But as she heads deeper and deeper into hostile territory, and the people she once trusted turn their back on her, Opal must shift alliances and reevaluate her choices if she's to survive.

Sea Glass picked up right where Storm Glass left off, with Opal leaving the Northern territories of Ixia. Like previous titles, there was a whole lot of action going on, but Opal is still as frustratingly idiotic as before—withholding information, making incredibly stupid choices, and basically putting herself and everyone around her in danger.

The whole incident with the sea glass was kind of anticlimactic and didn't add anything to the story. Stormdancer Heli had been so intent on attempting to decode the hidden message in the etched numbers and letters, only to have her and Opal later dismiss the etchings as the rogue magician's way of categorizing his collection. I can only hope this seemingly meaningless plot line is a foreshadowing of something that will become more relevant in the next book.

I was sorely disappointed to see Opal relinquish her powers at the end. Which is leaving me to wonder how I'm going to feel about Spy Glass, the final book in this trilogy. But I'm holding out hope for a turnaround and a good outcome for Opal, because although she's not my favorite character, I'm still a sucker for a happy ending.

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