"Maria V. Snyder is just magic."
Being a glassmaker and magician in training leaves Opal
Cowen busy enough. Then she is called upon to help the
Stormdancer clan. Someone has somehow managed to ruin the
clan's glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians.
Opal's special abilities in the area make her the perfect
person to help solve the mystery. What nobody knows is that
it will be the start of a long journey for Opal and her
Opal discovers new magic inside of her which leaves her
intrigued but frightened. Her affinity to glass both helps
and hinders her progress as much as the enemies she has
gathered along her way. With lives hanging in the balance,
Opal tries to control her powers and use them for good. But
how can she control the new powers if she hasn't had time
to try them out? But when her enemies challenge her there
is nothing else she can do but use them and hope that
disaster doesn't follow.
The long awaited new series by author Maria V. Snyder has
finally hit the bookshelves and also my post box. After The
Study series took me by surprise, I have been calmly
waiting to see what the author would deliver to us next.
What arrived is a superb new story set in the world I grew
to love in the Study series.
Opal has not yet grabbed me as much as Yelena did but she
does have me ready to face the rest of her journey with
her. Going back to Ixia and Sitia was like being on holiday
and like any great holiday, it is always sad to leave. It
was good to catch up with old friends if only for a while
but the knowledge that there will be more holidays with
Opal and the other friends I have made makes me smile.
Sea Glass is the next book in the series and I will calmly
wait, again, until it is released. I never thought I could
enjoy a fantasy adventure series but Maria V. Snyder is
Reviewed by Amber Chalmers
Posted May 27, 2009