Storm Glass (Glass #1, Chronicles of Ixia #4)
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Publication: July 30th, 2013
Publisher: Mira Books
Format: Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Paranormal
Read: January 2016
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As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowan understands trial by fire. 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 from happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap into a new kind of magic. Yet 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 her powers…powers that could lead to disaster beyond anything she’s ever known.
Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
As always with this author, this book is action packed and super fast paced. There’s a lot of tension, danger, magic, intrigue and suspense. It has all the great qualities that I enjoyed in the Study trilogy that comes before this book. Also, we travel a lot with the main characters in this book and we get to see more of the other clans as well as new forms of magic which was awesome.
Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
You all know how much I enjoy Maria’s writing style. It’s very straight forward and fast paced. It’s addicting, descriptive and really detailed so it makes it really easy to be absorbed by the plot. Unfortunately, when you change the main character you change the voice, and this time in particular it was a bit more immature than I’m used to from her books.
Characters – 3.5 out of 5 stars
My biggest complaint in this book would have to be the characters. When I started reading this, I was expecting Opal, the main character, to be similar to Yelena and it made me really excited. But unfortunately, they are complete opposites. Opal is really insecure about herself and her magic. She’s whiny and immature and it took me a while to like her. She slowly got her stuff together and managed to show that she was caring and sometimes smart and powerful. But it took too long for me. Then we have two male protagonists which was annoying. I was expecting one stand out male and a slow burn romance when I first started but it didnt turn out that way unfortunately. I don’t know much triangly the rest of the series will be but I found the development of the romances really weak and quite bothersome. Both boys are very different and come from completely different places and I already knew I liked one more than the other and he ended up being the least shone in the entire book. It was really disappointing considering how much I loved the characters in the first trilogy.
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