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Maria V. Snyder
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Sea Glass (Glass #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  14,226 Ratings  ·  773 Reviews
Student glass magician Opal Cowan's newfound ability to steal a magician's powers makes her too powerful. Ordered to house arrest by the Council, Opal dares defy them, traveling to the Moon Clan's lands in search of Ulrick, the man she thinks she loves. Thinks because another man--now her prisoner--claims Ulrick's desire for blood magic has eclipsed his passion for her.

ebook, 400 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Mira Books (first published August 18th 2009)
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Can't decide which cover I like best!

This was an okay story, but I didn’t like it as much as Storm Glass.

Opal did try to make the best of her abilities in this book, but she also made some mistakes. I felt quite sorry for her every time she got caught out or ended up walking straight into a trap, but she also seemed quite powerless at points.

The storyline in this was about Opal making glass animals again, trying to get Ulrick and Devlen swapped back to their correct bodies, something going on wi
Now that the Council have found out about Opal's ability to steal other magician's powers they immediately see her as a threat. No matter how much she has done for them in the past it is all worth nothing now and they now want her under house arrest inside the Citadel where they can monitor her activities and decide what to do with her. The worst thing of all is that nobody believes her when she tells them that Devlen and Ulrick have swapped bodies so now Devlen has free reign of the Citadel and ...more
Maria Kaye
May 12, 2015 Maria Kaye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Stefanie for keeping me motivated for the past two months when I was thinking of dnf this!

As always with Maria V. Snyder books this was good! Not her best in my opinion but still worth the read, especially if you're reading the main series in the chronicle (Study series).

Review to come.
What can I say, I was a little dismayed by Sea Glass. Perhaps because I expected more out of this second book. Perhaps because I thought Opal's character was going to be more interesting and her adventures more daring and intriguing. However, none of that came into fruition, at least in my opinion.

The book didn't really pick up for me until the last 100 pages. I felt that the first 200 pages dawdled and there were chapters that seem indulgent and unconsequential. I know Maria Snyder was trying
Maggie ☘Wonderland-BookQueen☘
“Lying to yourself is easy, too. I know. It's much harder to stay and deal with consequences.”

The good:
*I absolutely love Sitia and the world Snyder created.
*Kade is my sweetheart.
*Reappearance of old characters - Yelena, Leif, Janco..

“Don’t you dare say it.” He poked my arm with a finger. “My choice to help you. My fault for being caught. No regrets. I’d do it again without thought.” He cocked his head to the side and scratched his scarred ear. “Which isn’t that big of a revelation. Ari sa
Mar 09, 2015 Abbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an okay read, but I didn't like it as much as the first.

I liked Opal in this one, but again, there were times where she annoyed me.

The pacing in book one was the main reason why I started to lose interest near the end. It was the same reason why I started to lose interest in this one. Unfortunately though, I found this one to be a bit slower, so I lost interest quicker.

Overall, Okay read.
Apr 15, 2015 Jilly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
What's worse than a dumbass? A cynical, mopey, feeling-sorry-for-themself dumbass - and that is what Opal is in this book. She's changed from an optimistic dumbass to a pessimistic dumbass. But, don't worry, she still gets kidnapped and caught a lot. And, the thing is, Opal knows she's an idiot, but instead of trying to fix her idiocy, she wallows in self-pity.
I would be a fool to trust him. Too bad being a fool was my best skill.
dumbass photo: dumbass allthisistrue.gif
Oh.... poor you!!! Let's all feel sorry for her.

So, in this sto
Aug 25, 2010 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
If I were to write an action adventure story with magical and fantastical elements, I would write a book exactly like “Sea Glass”. But since I’m not ambitious or imaginative enough to write an actual novel, I’m glad Maria V. Snyder can and did.

“Sea Glass” is the second book in Maria’s latest trilogy. It complements the first book perfectly, even upping the excitement and intrigue level a notch. There is enough magic, mystery, blood magic, humor, cameos, political intrigue and action to keep you
Tracy Ehlers
Jan 06, 2016 Tracy Ehlers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic continuation from book 1.
I'm looking forward to reading the conclusion!
Dec 08, 2012 Swiftsea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book drove me a little crazy. I found that too many things were occurring at the same time. Just like a whirlwind, Opal was involved in too many things.

Moreover, the deaths of many of the glass-makers frustrated me a little. I found it unnecessary to kill them off. Too many authors use the 'only person capable' routine to accentuate the importance of their protagonists.

However, what irritated me the most was definitely Opal's relationships with men. Her constant desire to rescue Ulrick wh
Inspired Kathy
Jan 28, 2015 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015

Content: mild language, implied sex but no scene or details
Sara (Freadom Library)
Actual rating 4.5 stars
Mar 24, 2016 Susbogblog rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Årh hvor var den god <3
Feb 07, 2016 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Upon finishing the first in the Glass series, I mirrored my actions of reading the Study series – I picked up the next book instantly to see what was to come next. I had been pulled into the world of Ixia, and I needed to continue the story and the characters to find out where everything was heading.

Whilst I did enjoy this one a lot, I feel as though the romantic aspect that had annoyed me somewhat in the first book were blown even larger in this book. It is still an enjoyable read, but I really
May 10, 2010 Kirsten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! I literally did a fan girl squeel into my pillow like two...okay three... OKAY, five times while reading this. I love it. It was better than Storm glass by a mile and half and I loved the evolution of Opal's character through this book. I can't stand it when the female charcter is a door mat. And by the end of Sea Glass Opal is anything the but the sweet push over that she is when the series begins! :D

I'm so mad I have to wait till September to read what happens! I can't get enough of Snyde
Oct 12, 2009 di rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant! Was flipping through the pages at high speed.

Am always satisfied by Snyder's books. In this series the concept of Opal's magic makes for a fun read. I really wanted her to ping more magic into her orb! :) The dark can be pretty dark (particularly in the Study series), but the resolution is always completely satisfying. Aahh... I love it when an author is clever enough to finish a book well.

What I love the most about this book is the growth in Opal's character from the beginning of th
I'll start off first by saying--omg how much did I want this book? I might be a little biased, since I have adored the series since the very first, but I'm so glad I got a copy a little early. Next, for those of you who haven't yet gotten around to reading Storm Glass (for whatever reason, I don't judge) don't feel that you'll be lost jumping into this second book. The first 100 pages or so of Sea Glass has a pretty intensive overview of what happens in the first book through interactions and co ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
It's always a bad idea to start off a book review with negatives, which is why I tend to follow the same structure each time: summary, positives, negatives, overall. When it comes to the second book in a Fantasy series, though, I don't know how to give a summary and not give everything away or at least spoil the first book. It just seems like too much work and I'm too lazy. So I'm ditching my usual structure and just spewing thoughts as they come.

I find myself fairly ambivalent towards this seri
Oct 30, 2009 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these books. There is all the action and excitement, but, I have a problem with Opal.
***Spoiler Alert!!!***

She has no confidence in her own abilities and allows everyone to walk all over her. But, when she decides to gain control and take over her life the fireworks start. I love Opal with a backbone, you go girl!! Now lets discuss Opal's other little problem. Who is it that Opal really wants? Does Opal want to be involved with Kade the safe secure choice or Devlin, a man she has good
Jan 08, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book from Maria V. Snyder. I love Opal even more and I got so frustrated when the Council kept accusing her of being a threat. She never would do the things they are accusing her of but no one would see that. Man that is frustrating. Kade is so sweet and understanding. Also, I really started to like Develen even though he has done horrible things to Opal. Blood magic is still creepy and I strongly recommend refrain from using it for any reason.

Overall: 5 stars
Recommendation: Opal
Renée van Daalen
Apr 06, 2015 Renée van Daalen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
I thought rereading the Glass series would keep me occupied for a while. But I'm devouring them like the very first time!

On to Spy Glass! Would it be to soon to reread Shadow Study next?
Rebecca T
Feb 04, 2015 Rebecca T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 115-in-2015
Okay so that was quite a wild ride. As is Snyder’s status quo, we delved into the story right from the get go. No time to adjust, Opal was on a mission.

I absolutely loved Opal in this one. She is seriously growing on me. I feel like if I were the protagonist of this story, I would’ve acted in a very similar manner. Seriously, though, Jaded!Opal was the best and I’ll be sad to see her go.

SO MUCH JANCO IT WAS WONDROUS. While nothing can replace the epicness that is Ari and Janco, Opal and Janco ho
Sarah Campbell
Feb 17, 2016 Sarah Campbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, ya
Opal has come a long way in this book and I felt she was more likeable as she became a stronger person. Just love Maria V Snyders work it's always amazing
May 09, 2014 Abi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few things:
-the council was annoying in this book and I just wanted to punch them
-Devlin grew on me
-No Valek :(
-Lot's of Janco :)
-Lief is so funny!!
May 26, 2015 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya-fantasy
I liked it a lot. It wasn't predictable. There was a twist at the end that I never would have anticipated. -A very good read.
Nash Norden
I was really excited to read this one. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, Storm Glass. But I wanted to read the Study Series first before I continue with the Glass Series. I can't wait to see what was going to happen to Opal with her new magic power.

Wow! Maria V. Snyder never failed to amaze me with her writing. I was fascinated with the magic within her books. It was hard to put down the book once I picked it up, even though the beginning was a bit slow. But the story was great. Although, I
Dec 21, 2009 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 02, 2012 Carien rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
This book seemed to suffer from middle book syndrome.

There are a couple of story hooks introduced that seem to go nowhere at this moment and that I can only assume will be picked up in book three.

Otherwise the story is both frustrating and intriguing. There's lots of stuff going on and I had to keep reading to find out how everything would fit together.

The love square from book one was reduced to a love triangle and while my favorite character was still Opal's main squeeze, again there were lots
Dec 05, 2010 Siobhan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Opal Cowan is growing in power... this is a superb second book to the trilogy. I really like the style of this writer, her imagination relating to the evolution of the magic that the lead characters acquire and then learn to master is brilliant. She then applies this to huge consequences and events which both shape the plot of the book and provide the depth to the characters and sub plots.
Opal is a wonderful focus for this book, she has a fabulously rounded personality with many qualities and i
Jun 03, 2012 Jade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well what can I say? Snyder did it again. She kept me glued to the page in the really fun, action packed continuation of 'Storm Glass'. I must admit, being a big fan of the 'Poison Study' series, finding out that the 'Glass' series, was going to be told from Opals point of view was a bit of a let down. Her character was rather flat in the 'Study' series, and we didn't really get the chance to know her. But I persisted through the next book and ended up loving it. Sea Glass was lovely, filled wit ...more
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Meteorologist turned novelist, Maria's been writing fantasy and science fiction since she was bored at work and needed something creative to do. 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 MA degree in Writing from Seton Hill University where she's been ...more
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