publisher: Harlequin MIRA
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. (Amazon)
In (Very) Short:
+ the first book of the second trilogy set in Ixia and Sitia
+ meeting old friends from previous books
+ witty dialogues
+ sadly a main character who is too much damsel in distress but who has the opportunity to develop in the next installments
Storm Glass is the start of a new trilogy by Maria V. Snyder that takes place in the same world as the Study Trilogy featuring Yelena and Valek: Ixia and Sitia. Opal Cowan appeared in Fire Study and helped the heroine Yelena. In Storm Glass she becomes the new heroine.
Opal is called to the Stormdancers, who capture storms and imprison them in orbs. Those orbs, however, are faulty and explode. Thus, the clan asks the Magician for help and they decide to send Opal since she understands the glassmaking process. Opal, who feels useless since her magical abilities do not develop and she is treated by her fellow students as unworthy of her education, is able to help the Stormdancers, yet she slowly unravels a bigger conspiracy that will reunite her with old friends and enemies alike.
The story was similarly constructed as the previous trilogy and a similar narrative pattern unfolded in this book. Though I loved the previous books and I enjoyed this one, I had some small issues with the protagonist. Just as Yelena did, she stumbled from one misfortune and situation into the next, yet Opals were blatantly obvious. I was already rolling my eyes before she was overpowered again because I could see it coming. With Yelena it was more surprising, she was more of a fighter than Opal. Opal fitted the role of damsel in distress and she did not seem to want to shake that role.
Still, I really liked the other characters. The girl between two guys trope, however, was not my favorite, but the way this was solved was surely interesting.
I thoroughly enjoyed that characters from the previous books (including Yelena, Leif, Ari and Janko) found their way into this story, and it cheered me up a loth. The dialogues were witty and funny and the situations that they were in were comical a times. I will continue this series, maybe not right away but in the hope to meet old friends again and to see if Opal develops.
A good book and solid read with wonderful side kicks and witty bantering, yet a main protagonist who still has lots of room to develop.