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
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.
I had such high expectations going into this book because of how much I love the author, but I ended up being a little disappointed.
The plot is complex. We follow Opal, four years after the events of Fire Study, at her final year at the Magician’s Keep. She gets assigned to a mission that ends up being a lot more than she ever bargained for. Just like the Study trilogy, the plot of this book is really fast. There are a lot of different elements and things going on and it’s full of non-stop action and twists and turns. We get to travel to a few of the different clans around Sitia, especially one we haven’t learned about before and it’s really interesting how deep and developed the world is. It’s really awesome to learn how each clans uses magic and what their culture is like. One of my favorite parts was learning about the Stormdancers and how they use their powers. There are also some insights into a few different family and how their dynamics works and how that affects the different characters. One of the big themes in this book is how magic corrupts people and how it can turn them against their friends and family. It’s such a complex topic and I really enjoyed being able to explore it here. I felt like the ending was too rushed. Our characters got out of a pickle but nothing was really resolved except for the romance.
The worst thing about this book is Opal and the reason is because she’s not Yelena. It’s completely unfair and biased but it’s how I feel. I didn’t enjoy this book as much because instead of a kick ass female lead, I got a teenage girl who is still dealing with a lot of pain and insecurities. It’s totally valid and these kinds of characters are also important to have in books because you never know who may be able to relate to them, I just wanted something different. Her narrative was really whiny and indecisive and sometimes even boring. I just wanted her to pick something and then stick to her guns. To feel her power and acknowledge it for how awesome it is and just use it to help her country. But it just took too long. It finally happened but almost at 90% and after a lottttt of complaining and almost giving up like 20 times, so by then it was too late.
Another thing that really bothered me was the romance. In the first few chapters, I was sure that it was going to be a slow burn romance but then it ended up being this weird love triangle that was but wasn’t really. Opal made the choice to settle for a guy that was there but spent most of the time thinking about the tortured bad boy whom she had a connection with right at the beginning. It felt like a teen drama and then there was a really weird scene and poor girl ended up in an awful situation and it was just not the best.
I enjoyed some of the new characters introduced and was extremely happy and excited to see some old ones again. The two male main characters were both kind of okay. I have a liking for one more than the other but that one didn’t see a lot of spotlight so we didn’t see a lot of development to his character. The other was kind of meh until the end where it seems he’s not as nice as he seems but we don’t know because that wasn’t actually resolved in this first book. Yelena and Leif came back and it was spectacular! I didn’t realize how much I didn’t like Opal until I had both her and Yelena in a scene and I just wanted to see what Yelena was thinking. Then we got the chance to see more into one of the Master Magician’s, Zitora, and she was just freaking awesome! I can’t wait to see more of her.
Overall, I liked the book because of the plot and writing but the characters let me down a lot. I am hopeful that there’ll be more character development in the next book.
So that’s it for this review! Let me know if you’ve read this book or if you’ve read any of Maria’s books. If you haven’t you should because her writing style is amazing! Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you on my next post.