Storm Glass [NOOK Book]

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Award-winning author Maria V. Snyder brings readers into a world of molten magic, where storms can be captured within a glass orb and a magician's powers can remain hidden…until challenged by enemy forces.

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 ...

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Overview


Award-winning author Maria V. Snyder brings readers into a world of molten magic, where storms can be captured within a glass orb and a magician's powers can remain hidden…until challenged by enemy forces.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Apprentice magician, ardent glassmaker and spunky Nancy Drew-style sleuth Opal Cowan discovers her latent mystical talents and wins the attention of three gorgeous hunks in Snyder's follow-up to her award-winning Study fantasy series (Poison Study, etc.). In classic coming-of-age fashion, Opal uses her magic powers to help her loved ones and her glass know-how to find the flaws in the Stormdancers' weather-controlling glass orbs, all amid breathless adolescent quivers of romance and jealousy. Snyder satisfyingly fleshes out her youthful main characters, including the brooding Stormdancer Kade and Opal's venomous rival, Pazia, but the two-dimensional supporting cast, especially the simplistic villains, don't bear up as well under close inspection. The wealth of glassmaking lore compensates for the quick-moving but predictable plot, which leaves abundant room for at least two sequels. (May)

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Glassmaker Opal Cowen's magic is focused on the ability to create magical glass-a talent that comes into play when someone sabotages the glass orbs used by the Stormdancers to ameliorate the force of debilitating storms. To find the cause of the tainted glass, Opal must unlock new magics and face dangers that threaten her power and her life. The author of the "Study" series (e.g., Poison Study) launches a new series set in the same world and featuring some of the same characters while also introducing a cast of fresh personalities. Snyder deftly weaves information about glassblowing into her tale of magic and murder.


—Jackie Cassada
From the Publisher
"Snyder satisfyingly fleshes out her youthful main characters..." – Publishers Weekly on STORM GLASS

"Epic in scope, yet rich with minute details of character and setting, the second book in Snyder's Glass series is a delight. " –RT Book Reviews on SEA GLASS

"Filled with Snyder's trademark sarcastic humor, fast-paced action and creepy villainy, Touch of Power is a spellbinding romantic adventure that will leave readers salivating for the next book in the series."-USA TODAY

"The descriptions are vivid and draw you into the rugged journey across the mountains. You'll want to follow their voyage into the next book."-RT Book Reviews on Touch of Power

"This is one of those rare books that will keep readers dreaming long after they've read it."-Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Poison Study

"Snyder delivers another excellent adventure."-Publishers Weekly on Fire Study

"A compelling new fantasy series."-SFX magazine on Sea Glass

"As the final book in the series Spy Glass does not disappoint" –FantasyBookReview.co.uk

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460316429
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 7/30/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 97,227
  • File size: 796 KB

Meet the Author

Maria Snyder

Maria V. Snyder is the New York Times bestselling author of the Study series, the Glass series, the Healer series, Inside Out, and Outside In. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology from Penn State and a Master of Arts degree in fiction writing from Seton Hill University. Unable to part ways with Seton Hill, Maria is currently a teacher and mentor for the MFA program. Find her on the Web at MariaVSnyder.com.

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The hot air pressed against my face as I entered the glass factory. The heat and the smell of burning coal surrounded me in a comforting embrace. I paused to breathe in the thick air. The roar of the kilns sounded as sweet as my mother's voice.

"Opal!" Aydan yelled above the noise. "Are you going to stand there all day? We have work to do." He gestured with a thin gnarled hand.

I hurried to join him. Working in the heat had turned his gray hair into a frizzy mop. Dirt streaked his hands. He grimaced in pain when he sat at his workbench, rubbing his lower back with a fist.

"You've been shoveling coal again," I admonished. He tried to look innocent, but before he could lie, I asked, "What happened to your apprentice?"

"Ran off once he figured out how hard it is to turn fire into ice." Aydan grunted.

"Well, I'm here now."

"You're late."

"Sorry, I had a…test." I sighed. Another frustrating, fruitless endeavor. Not only had I failed to light the fire, but I knocked over the candles, spilling hot wax all over my classmate Pazia's clothes and burning her skin. Her expensive silk tunic was ruined. She sneered in disdain when I offered to replace her shirt. Nothing new. Pazia's hostility spanned my entire four years at the Keep. Why would I expect my last year to be any different?

After starting my fifth year of lessons at the Magician's Keep, I had hoped to be able to do more with my magic. Pazia's abilities had grown so much since we sat next to each other during our very first session that the Master Magicians considered allowing her to take the Master-level test.

I'd learned about Sitia's history, politics, how to fight and about the uses for magic, but my ability to tap into the power source remained elusive. Doubts flared and the nagging feeling of being limited to one magical skill churned in my chest. And it didn't help my confidence when I overheard my fellow students calling me the One-Trick Wonder.

"Jealousy," Aydan had said when I told him about my nickname. "You saved Sitia."

I thought of the day—over four years ago—when I helped Liaison Yelena capture those evil souls. She had done all the work, I was merely a conduit. I tried to downplay my involvement, but Aydan remained stubborn.

"You're a hero and those children can't stand it."

Remembering his words made me smile. Calling fifteen- to twenty-year-olds children was typical for Aydan, a proud curmudgeon.

He tapped my arm with a blowpipe. "Stop daydreaming and gather me a slug."

I grabbed the hollow rod and opened the oven. Intense light burst from the furnace as if a piece of the sun was trapped inside. I spun the end of the rod in the molten glass and twisted it up and out, removing a taffylike ball before my eyebrows and eyelashes could be singed off again.

The cherry-red slug on the end of the iron pulsed as if alive. Aydan blew through the pipe then covered the hole. A small bubble appeared in the molten glass. Resting the pipe on the metal arms of his gaffer's bench, Aydan rolled the pipe back and forth, shaping the glass.

I helped him as he created an intricate vase with a twist at the bottom so the piece actually rested on its side yet could still hold water. In his hands, turning glass into art appeared to be an easy task. I loved the unique properties of molten glass which could be molded into such wonderful objects. We worked for hours, but the time flew.

When he finished his artwork, Aydan stood on creaky legs and said the words that were the reason I came to help him after my Keep classes. "Your turn."

He exchanged places with me and grabbed a hollow pipe. While he gathered a slug, I made sure all the metal tools lying on the bench were in their proper places. All I needed was my annoying younger brother telling me to hurry, and my patient older sister helping me to complete the feeling of being in my family's glass factory.

Sitting at the bench was home—familiar and comfortable. Here and here alone, I was in control. The possibilities endless and no one could tell me otherwise.

All thoughts fled when Aydan placed the pipe in front of me. Glass cooled quickly and I had no time to dwell on anything but shaping the molten ball. Using metal tweezers, I pulled and plucked. When the slug transformed into a recognizable image, I blew through the end of the pipe. The piece's core glowed as if lit by an inner fire.

My one magical trick—the ability to insert a thread of magic inside the glass statue. Only magicians could see the captured light.

Aydan whistled in appreciation of the finished piece. Technically his ability to light fires with magic made him a magician, but since he didn't possess any other talent he hadn't been invited to study at the Keep. I shouldn't have been invited, either. I could make my special glass animals at my home in Booruby.

"Damn, girl." Aydan slapped me on the back. "That's a dead-on copy of Master Jewelrose's red-tailed hawk! Did you make that for her?"

"Yes. She needed another piece." I never knew what I would create when I sat down at the gaffer's bench, but my time spent helping Master Jewelrose care for her hawk must have influenced me. The core glowed bright red and called to me with a song of longing. Each of my creations had a distinctive voice that sounded inside me. No one else could hear its call.

"See? That's another talent you have." He bustled about and placed the hawk into the annealing oven so it could cool slowly. "Magicians can now communicate over vast distances with these animals of yours."

"Only those who have the power of mental communication." Another skill I lacked, mind reading. For those who possessed the ability, they only needed to hold one of my animals and they could "talk" to each other through the magic trapped inside. I'd admit to feeling a measure of pride over their usefulness, but I would never brag about it. Not like Pazia, who flaunted everything she did.

"Pah! It's still one of the most important discoveries of recent years. Stop being so modest. Here—" he handed me a shovel "—put more coal in the kiln, I don't want the temperature to drop overnight."

End of pep talk. I scooped up the special white coal and added it to the fire under the kiln. Since Aydan sold his glass pieces as art, he only needed one—a small shop compared to my family's eight kilns.

When I finished, my garments clung to my sweaty skin and strands of my brown hair stuck to my face. Coal dust scratched my throat.

"Can you help me mix?" Aydan asked before I could leave.

"Only if you promise to hire a new apprentice tomorrow."

He grumbled and grouched, but agreed. We mixed sands from different parts of Sitia. A secret recipe developed generations ago. It would be combined with soda ash and lime before it could be melted into glass.

As I tried to trick Aydan into telling me where the pink-colored sand came from, a messenger from the Keep arrived. A first-year student, he wrinkled his nose at the heat.

"Opal Cowan?" he asked.

I nodded and he huffed. "Finally! I've been searching the Citadel for you. You're wanted back at the Keep."

"Why?"

"I don't know."

"Who wants me?"

He glowed with glee as if he were my younger brother delivering news of my impending punishment from our parents.

"The Master Magicians."

I had to be in big trouble. No other reason for the Masters to send for me. As I rushed after the messenger—an ambitious fellow to be running errands for the Masters in his first year, and who'd already decided I wasn't worth talking to—I thought of the mishap this morning with Pazia. She had wanted to get me expelled from my first day. Perhaps she finally succeeded.

We hurried through the Citadel's streets. Even after four years, the city's construction still amazed me. All the buildings had been built with white marble slabs streaked with green veins. If I was alone, I would have trailed my hands over the walls as I walked, daydreaming of creating a city made of glass.

Instead, I ran past the buildings as the brilliant color dulled with the darkening sky. The Keep's guards waved us through—another bad sign. We vaulted up the stairs two at a time to reach the administration building. Nestled in the northeast corner of the Citadel, the Keep's campus with its four imposing towers marked the boundaries. Inside, the buildings had been constructed from a variety of colored marble and hardwoods.

The administration's peach-and-yellow blocks used to soothe me, but not today. The messenger abandoned me at the entrance to the Masters' meeting room. Hot from my sprint, I wanted to remove my cloak, but it hid my sweat-stained shirt and work pants. I rubbed my face, trying to get the dirt off and pulled my long hair into a neat bun.

Before I knocked, another possible reason for my summons dawned. I had lingered too long at the glass factory and missed my evening riding lesson. In the last year of instruction at the Keep, the apprentice class learned about horse care and riding to prepare us for when we graduated to magician status. As magicians we would be required to travel around the lands of the eleven clans of Sitia to render aid where needed.

Perhaps the Stable Master had reported my absence to the Masters. The image of facing the three magicians and the Stable Master together caused a chill to shake my bones. I turned away from the door, seeking escape. It opened.

"Do not hover about, child. You're not in trouble," First Magician Bain Bloodgood said. He gestured for me to follow him into the room.

With curly gray hair sticking out at odd intervals and a long blue robe, the old man's appearance didn't match his status as the most powerful magician in Sitia. In fact, Third Magician Irys Jewelrose's stern demeanor hinted at more power than Master Bloodgood's wrinkled face. And if someone passed Second Magician Zitora Cowan in the street, that person would not even think the young woman possessed enough talent to endure the Master-level test.

Sitting around an oval table, the three Masters stared at me. I quashed the desire to hide. After all, Master Blood-good had said I wasn't in trouble.

"Sit down, child," First Magician said.

I perched on the edge of my seat. Zitora smiled at me and I relaxed a bit. We were both members of the Cowan clan, and she always made time from her busy schedule to talk to me. And, at twenty-five years old, she was only six years older than me.

I glanced around the room. Maps of Sitia and Ixia decorated the walls, and an oversize geographical map with its edges dropping off the sides covered the mahogany table.

"We have a mission for you," Zitora said. She had twisted her honey-brown hair into a complex braid. The end of the braid reached her hips, but she fidgeted with it, twirling it around and through her fingers.

A mission for the Masters! I leaned forward.

"The Stormdancers' glass orbs have been shattering," Master Jewelrose said.

"Oh." I relaxed in my chair. Not a magical mission.

"Do you know how important those orbs are, child?" Master Bloodgood asked.

I remembered my lessons about the Stormdance Clan. Their magicians—called Stormdancers—had the unique ability to siphon a storm's energy into an orb. The benefits were twofold: tame the storm's killing winds and rain, and provide an energy source for the clan's other industries. "Very important."

"And this is a critical time of the year. The cooling season is when the storms from the Jade Sea are most frequent and strong," Zitora said.

"But doesn't the clan have master glassmakers? Surely they can fix the problem?"

"The old glassmaker died, child. Those left behind were trained to make the orbs, but the glass is flawed. You need to help them find and correct the problem."

Why me? I was still learning. "You need to send a master glassmaker. My father—"

"Is in Booruby with all the other experts, but.." Master Jewelrose paused. "The problem might not be with the glass. Perhaps the old glassmaker used magic when he crafted the orbs. Perhaps magic similar to yours."

My heart melted as if thrown into a kiln. Events had become too hot too quick and the results could have cracks. I had worked with glass since I could remember, yet there was still so much to learn. "When…when do we leave?"

"Today," Zitora said.

My alarm must have been obvious.

"Time is of the essence, child." Master Bloodgood's tone saddened. "When an orb shatters, it kills a Storm-dancer."

I gaped at Master Bloodgood. There weren't many Stormdancers born in the clan; to lose even one could threaten the western clans of Sitia. "How many?"

"Two have died. The first time an orb failed, the clan thought it was a fluke, after the second, they stopped dancing."

A fire of worry flared in my stomach. Just one full-strength storm could wipe out the four clans whose lands bordered the Jade Sea, leaving behind a wasteland. A huge responsibility. Problems with the glass I could probably handle, but with magic… No way.

"Go pack your saddlebags, child. You will leave as soon as you are ready. Zitora will go with you."

"And how many guards will accompany me this time?" She sighed.

The entire population of the Keep knew Zitora's displeasure over being accompanied by guards on her missions. Having only passed the Master-level test five years ago, most magicians still thought of her as an apprentice instead of the second-most-powerful magician. And with the horrible events that led to the death of Roze Feather-stone, the former First Magician, the Councillors of Sitia were being overprotective of the three remaining Masters.

"Just the two of you this time," Master Jewelrose said with a smile. "You can move faster."

Zitora stood with a burst of energy. "We'll leave within the hour."

"Contact us if you need help. Opal, have you finished my new glass animal?"

"Yes. It's at Aydan's factory. I think you'll like this one."

"I love them all. It's a shame they lose their spark after a while." Master Jewelrose grew thoughtful. "But it makes sense. The magic inside is a certain quantity. Once used, it's gone."

"Job security for Opal." Master Bloodgood stroked the map in front of him. His gaze settled on me. "We have been searching for another magician to apprentice to you. No luck so far. The Council's been bugging us to share your wonderful glass…messengers."

Right now, I made them for the Masters and for magicians who were on assignment. At least one magician carried one of my glass animals in each town.

"It would be helpful if we could find another able to duplicate her skill." Master Jewelrose agreed.

My skill. Singular. The One-Trick Wonder. I should be content with providing those messengers for the magicians. Content with my role in life. But I'd seen the wonders magic can do and I wanted more. Magic and glass had so much in common. Both were fluid. Both held endless potential to be shaped and used in various ways. I desired to gather the magic to me and spin it into a marvel.

"Let's go." Zitora strode toward the door and I hurried after her.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

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    Excellent Read!!

    I loved it. I want everyone I know to read it (along with the Study series of course). I picked it up last night and before I knew it, it was 4am. The only problem I have with Maria Snyder's books is that I wish they'd go on and on forever. They never seen long enough - even thought this one was over 440 pages. I enjoyed Opal's story and was glad she ended up with who she did. I also liked seeing characters from the Study books in the story. I can't wait for the next one to come out and look forward to anything that involves the Ixia/Sitia world.

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  • Posted May 18, 2009

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    Opal studies at the Keep with the other magicians. She doesn't feel she's living up to expectations. She continues with her glass making skills at a shop outside of the Keep, creating animals that help the magicians communicate from a distance. While making glass figurines, which helps her relax, she's urgently called back to the Keep. There's a problem with the Stormdancer's Orbs. They're shattering, killing the Stormdancers and making it impossible to fill the orbs with energy. Opal must travel there to discover the why the glass is shattering. While there are other glass experts, it's possible that the glassmaker used magic to enhance the orbs. Opal must leave immediately to help solve the situation. During the journey, Opal and her magician companion are attacked; it's clear that someone doesn't want the Stormdancer's Orbs working or maybe someone just wants to steal the secret recipe for themselves. Opal must be careful not to reveal too much information to anyone, unless she wants her life to be in severe danger. Can she solve the Stormdancer's problem and help them fill the orbs before it's too late or will she be stopped?

    Opal's adventure is set in the same world as Yelena from Poison Study, Magic Study, and Fire Study. Characters overlap in the series, extending knowledge from the previous series. It's good to read the previous books prior to this series, but it isn't necessary. I really enjoyed reading about the workings of glass blowing. It's something I've always wanted to try. Opal's tale is just as addicting with danger, romance, betrayal, jealous, and magic. It's hard to put this book down, it's so addicting. I'm already eagerly awaiting the next installment of the tale - which comes out Sept 1st of this year.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2009

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    Relaxing read - should be read following the Magic Study series

    Storm Glass is an adventure which follows a character that was in the Magic Study series. Recommend reading that series first as it introduces and develops many of the characters that are in Storm Glass, as well as defines the main character. It is a good book, although it moves too fast through some of the "magic" details - how, why, etc. - leaving the reader a little confused and feeling like something was missed. There is a mild cliffhanger at the end, leaving us wanting for the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2009

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    I am glad the series is still going!!

    I loved the first 3 books and i was hoping she would keep going, and when she did I read this book in 2 days ( work is so annoying getting in the way of reading time). Great story line! I get sucked in to the setting its old fashion but not really. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2009

    Falls Flat - Huge Disappointment

    Usually I am a big fan of Maria V. Snyder, but this book comes close to being an epic fail. The lead character is strongly developed, but it is difficult to like her. It was frustrating when I kept expecting her to display more hero-like characteristics, but she was a constant disappointment. She is kidnapped several different times throughout the book but someone else always ends up saving her, she constantly makes idiotic choices that put her into even worse situations, and I won't even go into how screwed-up her love-interests are. All of the minor characters lacked depth. The plot was so fragmented that at the end I was left confused and downright disappointed (Why was Janco used to save them? How could she not tell that her bf was an impostor? Why would she leave the guy she "loves" to experiment with someone else?). This was not the quality of work I have come to expect from Maria V. Snyder.

    This book was a huge disappointment and a big break from Poison Study and its sequels.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2009

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    Simply Stupendous

    In Sitia the Stormdancer clan is near panicked over some recent deadly incidents. An apparent diabolically clever traitor has killed some glassmakers and destroyed the glass orbs they were creating that is needed to catch elemental power. They know this unknown adversary must be stopped before the realm is devastated beyond recovery by the power of unabated torrents.-------------

    Master Magician Cowan assigns glassmaker and apprentice magician Opal Cowan to investigate the deadly incidents as he believes her two skills make her uniquely qualified to learn what is going on. The two males who seem interested in her, Kade the Stormdancer who grieves the death of his twin and Ulrick the glassmaker who is a long time friend, help her. None of them realize the peril they place themselves in from crafty foes; none of whom have any compunction with killing someone even a person they have known for years.-----------------------

    This is a terrific mystery fantasy told mostly by the unconfident Opal, who believes she is a failure due to her inability to expand her magical skills, which is ironic as she was a heroine in MAGIC STUDY. The action-packed story line is fast-paced, but character driven while the whodunit is fun to follow. Fans of the Study trilogy will enjoy returning to that world as Maria V. Snyder writes an entertaining coming of age simply superb fantasy whodunit. -------------

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    ???

    Are any of this authors books for preteens or teens???

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    A great read, something that keeps you guessing

    Following on from the "Study" series you follow a magician glass maker through her training and are quickly thrown into a very indepth hiararchy of political intrigue and espionage and are kept guessing all the way through the book to some unexpected events.

    Would strongly recommend this to anyone who has ready the "Study" series as you'll already know some of the politics in this book but it isn't necessary as you are filled in on the basics you need to understand the book.

    Give it a go

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2011

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    MUST READ!!!!

    I am a huge book reader and have read hundreds of books but I have to say Snyder's writings are my favorite. I have been completely captivated by all of Snyder's books and this was no exception. As soon as I got into the middle of the book I could not stop!! Finished the rest of the book in one day! I strongly recommend her books you will not be disappointed.

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  • Posted December 19, 2010

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    Great!

    This book is right on par with the rest. An excellent read.

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

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    review taken from One Book At A Time

    I LOVED the Study series by Maria Snyder. So, when I discovered that this series was to be set in the same world (with a character mentioned in the series) I was both really excited and apprehensive. I was worried about a few things. Turns out there was no reason to be worried.

    Opal was able to carry her own story remarkably. I actually wish we could have gotten more of the story since the end of Magic Study. But, since those 4 years are spent at the Keep, I assume not much happens. I like how for most of the book Opal doubts herself and her magic abilities. I like it when character appear human. I liked Kade as well. Although, I found him a whole lot easier to read than Opal. His character seems very textbook so far and I'm hoping he surprised me a little in the future.

    I found the subject of the stormdancers and their ability to trap energy into orbs completely fascinating. Especially because the process of creating these special orbs is just as important and the stormdancers themselves. I also really loved how Opal has powers far beyond what she initially thinks. And once again, the magicians don't like it!

    My only drawback was it was a little slow at times. But then it would pick back up. I also wish Yelena would have been left out of the story (at least for this first one). Everytime she appeared I wanted the narrative to switch to her fiery character and that's not fair to the characters in this novel. Thankfully she's just a small part of the story. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

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  • Posted July 26, 2010

    very goood

    I thouroughly enjoyed this book. At the time of reading it, I was chilled to the bone half the time in the freezing outdoors of Maine. However, this book warmed me right down to my toes with the heat of the glass kilns, the lovely staged romance *waggles eyebrows deviously* and even the warmth that Opal felt in the Citadel. This book a very origanal plot line, and builds very well off her other series, while also being its own unique book. Her magic grows and changes at a reasonable pace, and her suprise it reasonable. Her bond with the soul inside the orb was deep and beautiful, and, while I thought it could have been explored a little more, it still left me with a fuzzy feeling in the end. While being beautiful and tragic, especially in the end, I found myself wanting slightly to slap the author. A deep feeling within me was always saying 'Don't trust him, don't trust him', from the very beginning, and what do you know? I was proved right. I find her relationship in the end to be sad, because she obviously loves him and knows it, so why does she go off looking for someone she knows she doesn't and could possibly be corrupted by black magic? This is the only thing that bothered within the book. Otherwise, a beautiful book with lots of story twists. Don't give up on it in the beginning, it picks up the pace fast. Highly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the Study Series

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  • Posted February 9, 2010

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    AMAZING

    i couldn't put this book down! im dying to know what happens next! there are a lot of unanswered questions

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    Good Read!

    you're gonna like this book if you like adventures and magic! the author did a good job balancing the two as well as throwing a "OH MY GOSH" punch in it too!

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  • Posted August 27, 2009

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    i love these books

    from poison study to storm glass i love these books. i don't get why they were moved to romance because the love lives of the main characters are very secondary to the fantasy, adventure and intrigue. the women that the stories revolve around are much too real and too big to be consumed by their relationships. but it doesn't matter what section of the store you find Opal and Yelena in, they are worth looking for.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

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    Maria Snyder does it again!

    I really loved the 'Study' series, and wasn't sure how this book would come across. I was hoping that it would be just as good, and Snyder didn't dissapoint. I love the characters, and even the guest apperance of characters from the last triology was well done. If you liked the study books, or even if you're just looking for a good triology, this is really worth it!

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Loved it

    Don't want to spoil anything. The adventures were great w/ Opal and friends, but you really have to read the Study books first. Poison,Magic, Fire Study

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  • Posted July 13, 2009

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    Another Awesome Book!

    I read this book because I had read the Poison Study series by the same author. I loved how the characters that I loved in the other series continue through conversations, memories, and some face-to-face encounters. It's a wonderfully written book and it didn't take effort at all to love the new characters. Opal, the leading heroine, is a lot like Yelena, in the first series - good character, unsure of her powers, and great personality. I would absolutely suggest this book to anyone who loves a "non-traditional romance" novel... a book in which there's mystery, drama, magic, friendship, and love.

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