Thursday, September 14, 2023

REVIEW: Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder

Storm Glass
My Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Opal Cowan became known as the Glass Magician after helping Yelena capture the evil souls of the Warpers during the Daviian War. Now several years later, and in her 5th year at the Magician's Keep, she's still no closer to discovering what else she can do with her magic other than trap it in glass. But all that's about to change when she's called upon for for a mission to help the Stormdance clan. The orbs which they use to trap storms have been shattering and killing Stormdancers, and her expertise with the molten glass should help them determine the problem and how to fix it. Of course, she runs into plenty of other trouble along the way, and even discovers some additional powers laying dormant. But whether these new powers will put her life into even more jeopardy remains to be seen.

Obviously, this trilogy centers on Opal Cowan and is told from her POV. It should be read after the first three Study Books—Poison Study, Magic Study, and Fire Study. At first I thought I'd miss Yelena and not like these as much, but yay! Yelena is still referenced often and makes plenty of appearances here.

Opal is okay, but not nearly as badass as Yelena. She managed to piss me off with her stupidity several times in this book, particularly when she refuses to listen to her intuition or pay attention to the warning bells going off in her head. For example, after everything that she went through, taking direction to go on a mission from Ulrick instead of directly from Zitora??!! What's up with that?? Towards the end, she's learning to become a little more confident in herself, and I seriously hope that trend continues because I don't want to end up throwing my Kindle across the room again! 🤣

If you didn't read the first three Study books, a lot of this series may be lost on you. While the author does share about past events through Opal's thoughts, it's not really enough. But because I did, and am reading them in the order MVS recommends here, everything flowed together nicely for me. And I know I'll have more Yelena-specific titles to look forward to as well after this trilogy.

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