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Publishers WeeklyThe second installment in Snyder's new Glass fantasy trilogy follows the trite pattern she established in the previous: heroine Opal Cowan struggles to come of age as a glassmaking magician in the two-dimensional environs of Ixia, Sitia, and the Stormdancers' cliffs over the Sunset Ocean. All the while, she endures quest, capture, discomfort and torture, escape-and then does it all over again...and again. Snyder tries to maintain suspense by placing Opal and her indecisive adolescent hormones between hunky Stormdancer Kade and two other boys of interest, Ulrick and Devlen. Snyder's colloquial style jars poorly against her quasi-medieval setting. Ultimately, the plot remains too predictably convoluted to be convincing, and the characters too conventional to be appealing.
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