- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: HQ Young Adult - US (16 December 2013)
- ISBN-10: 1743567766
- ISBN-13: 978-1743567760
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3.7 x 19.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 422 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
STORM GLASS Paperback – 16 Dec 2013
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About the Author
When Maria V. Snyder was younger, she aspired to be a storm chaser in the American Midwest so she attended Pennsylvania State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. Much to her chagrin, forecasting the weather wasn't in her skill set so she spent a number of years as an environmental meteorologist, which is not exciting…at all. Bored at work and needing a creative outlet, she started writing fantasy and science fiction stories. Over a dozen novels and numerous short stories later, Maria's learned a thing or three about writing. She's been on the New York Times bestseller list, won a half-dozen awards, and has earned her Masters of Arts degree in Writing from Seton Hill University, where she is now a faculty member.
Her favorite color is red. She loves dogs, but is allergic, instead she has a big black tom cat named…Kitty (apparently naming cats isn't in her skill set either). Maria also has a husband and two children who are an inspiration for her writing when they aren't being a distraction. Note that she mentions her cat before her family. When she's not writing she's either playing volleyball, traveling, or taking pictures. Being a writer, though, is a ton of fun. Where else can you take fencing lessons, learn how to ride a horse, study martial arts, learn how to pick a lock, take glass blowing classes and attend Astronomy Camp and call it research? Maria will be the first one to tell you it's not working as a meteorologist.
Readers are welcome to check out her website for book excerpts, free short stories, maps, blog, and her schedule at MariaVSnyder.com.
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Here's my problem with the book - by page 89, we have a female protagonist who's got a super sparkly magical power nobody else has, she's been traumatized, kidnapped, had her sister die, her sister was raped before she was killed (dear god, I am so mightily sick of rape being used as a quick, cheap form of dramatic tension), and most of this development apparently happened in some previous series that isn't summed up well for any new reader who has no idea the other series exists. This female protagonist also has saved the life of a Very Important Person, and is now the only person with the knowledge/skill set to save a region full of people from being wiped out.
She also is so apparently valuable that people are trying to kidnap her constantly and she's already met the dark, brooding guy that she'll inevitably end up with by the end of the series.
...I have no impetus to keep reading. I have literally read this story at least a hundred times by now. I'm sad to say I didn't like it, because it was refreshing to see little details like glassblowing and storm-punk worked into a YA story, and it's hardly the worst written thing out there. It just wasn't for me, because I kept getting pulled out of the story by the glaringly obvious Mary-Sue-isms of the plot's heroine.
That being said, I'm pretty picky about what I read. If you like fantasy worlds with pretty predictable plots and characters, this is by no means a bad choice.
I am nearly done w/Storm Glass & plan to also read the following two novels, Sea Glass & Spy Glass.
I didn't realize until much, much later that this book is a spin off of another series. A lot of this book talks about Yelena and all the wonderful, heroic things she has done, and not knowing this was a spin off of Yelena's story, I kept growing annoyed with all the talk about Yelena. This was supposed to be Opal's story, but half of it feels like Opal telling the reader about Yelena's story.
Another thing that made it difficult to really get into this book (I mean, look how long it took me to read this -- nearly a month, which is a looong time, for me) was that I never did pin down the plot. There were a lot of mini plots/quests, but nothing over all that made me invested in following Opal's journey. Perhaps things will be made clearer in future books of the series, but being that I couldn't truly get into this one, I doubt I'll continue reading this series.
Maria V Snyder begins a new trilogy that has all the magic and adventure she has become known for, in Storm Glass.
Beyond her skill with glass, Opel Cowen, known as a "one trick wonder" by her classmates doesn't have much magical skill. She doesn't quite fit in at the Citadel and has no faith in her own magic. She has faced tragedy that colors everything she does, not realizing her own importance in the magical community of Sitia. However, her life is about to change... again.
Someone is tampering with the Stormdance clan's glass orbs they use to capture the power of the storms, and some dancers have been killed when their orbs exploded during use. Because of her experience with glassmaking, the Master Magicians think Opal is perfect for the mission to find out what is wrong, though Stormdancer Kade doesn't agree. While the original mission itself seems a success, danger beckons Opal once more. In the midst of it all, Opal discovers a shocking new ability no one has ever seen before. Now she has to get to the bottom of the mystery and learn to control her new powers, before everything she cares about is destroyed, including the enigmatic Kade who has captured Opal's affection.
Storm Glass is excellent! The premise of the book is incredibly intriguing and if I weren't already a die-hard fan of Maria V Snyder, I'd have wanted this book. The story is much deeper than the description indicates but I knew that would be the case. So much is always going on in anything Maria V Snyder writes.
Opal has suffered quite a bit of tragedy already in her young life and the circumstances resulting from tough decisions she made during those times colors every single thing she does. She has no faith in herself or her abilities, blaming herself for some of the things that happened in the past. When she is sent on her first mission by the Master Magicians, she starts to come to terms with her past and her gifts. She slowly begins to comprehend her own importance and significance in the magical communities when new abilities manifest themselves and Opal starts to realize there are many things only she can do.
Adventure and intrigue are the name of the game in Sitia and Ixia and in Storm Glass, we get to experience some of these first hand once again. Opal unfortunately keeps getting into scrapes, sometimes by no fault of her own and has to rely on her own resourcefulness to get out of them. She also has the dilemma of being torn between two men who play unique and mysterious roles in her life. There is Kade the Stormdancer who is emotionally distant for fear of getting too close to anyone and losing them. Then there is Ulrick, a young man from Opal's past who suddenly comes into play and has a few magical tricks of his own no one understands. Suspense is brimming throughout Storm Glass, keeping readers eager for more.
We get a chance to catch up with a few beloved friends from the Study series as well, not the least of which is Yelena herself. I loved the chance to visit her again and find out how things have been going in her life. One thing I especially loved was seeing a much more lighthearted Yelena. She is much more relaxed now, and less serious, which shows us her new life and duties agree with her, giving her more opportunity to overcome her previous struggles.
I loved Storm Glass by Maria V Snyder and can't wait to read book 2 in the Glass series. The primary storyline is wrapped up quite nicely, while leaving some of the undercurrents and subplots open for exploration in future books.
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