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Storm Glass (Glass #1)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  14,304 ratings  ·  1,125 reviews
As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it's time to test her mettle. 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 happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal m...more
Paperback, 488 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Mira (first published January 1st 2009)
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An overnight read. I was so thrilled when I got my hands on this book. I read right through dinner, second dinner, and midnight snack. And was extremely annoyed when I needed to use the potty.

I love this world! Maria V. Snyder commands your attention. Poison Study fans are really going to like this one. Just like with the poisons, we learn about storms and glass with the same meticulous (and entertaining) attention to detail. Can't wait for the next!
So I picked up this book because reading the author's name made me think of something I couldn't quite put my finger on.....

That's it!

Unfortunately, it was nowhere near as awesome as Wesley Sneijder.

Opal Cowen is a glassmaker and magician-in-training. Unlike most other magicians, she only has one talent, and that is to trap magic within glass. Storm Glass is her story. Though it might as well be Yelena's by the way she's mentioned incessantly all throughout the book.

Having never read any of Snyd...more
"Poison Study" was such a great book that I almost feel guilty for feeling like the quality of the books has gone down with each sequel. It doesn't help that the protagonist of this new series isn't that interesting. Yelena had such a spark to her that I expected Opal to have a real personality. Unfortunately, she was just kind of a null. She dithers. She questions herself. She makes poor decisions. Worst of all, she never really grows as a person; her magical abilities increase, but her true se...more
I enjoyed this book a lot. It was nice to see a fantasy heroine not using her magical brawn all over the place, instead being a craftsman. The book had a slightly Young Adult feel to it, dunno if that was intended, a little "soft" so to speak? Not a bad thing, just tone-wise.
Was corrected, this IS a Young Adult book, so there ya go! I' If you liked "Graceling" you'll really like this book, both enjoyable!

I LOVED Poison Study, it's one of my fave Vaginal-Fantasy books out there, s...more
Anne Osterlund
Opal has a gift for glass, magic, and disasters. After years of training with the best magicians in Sitia, her reputation seems hinged in failure. So when she and the magician, Zitora, are sent to the sea in order to help the Stormdancers who capture storms in glass, Opal is unprepared. To face the blue-eyed magician who threatens them all, the torturous memories of her past, the storms that come crashing over the waves and threaten all of Sitia, and Kade—the young storm dancer who is the most p...more
Street Corner TBR pile reduction challenge #10 (Olivia)

For me, this doesn't hold the charm of Snyder's Poison Study and I am not very fond of Opal, the main character. I have read over a third of the book, and I'm still not sure what the main plot is supposed to be. As I don't really care for any of the chracters and I sense a dreaded love triangle coming up, I'll stop here.
**mini spoiler alert**This was an excellently written book! Although if I could have, I would have given it 3 1/2 stars instead of 4 for the following reasons:

1) The characters lacked a bit of life. Opal is the character we follow throughout the book, but I really don't feel like I got to know her. Throughout the whole story she was either having flashbacks of her kidnapping/imprisonment where she was raped by Devlen(?) or she was surprising herself with the magical things she could do. She was...more
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
The book has a few interesting parts, and it's usually when there's action. Other than that, it's mostly boring. Opal is supposed to be 19 or so, however she acts and thinks like she's 14. I had to constantly remind myself that she wasn't a young teen.

Ulrich comes off as a weird, obsessed, possessive stalker. Maybe I missed it but didn't she just meet him? And then all of a sudden he was just this crazy obsessed boyfriend who wanted to be with her and "protect" her. His behavior seriously border...more
Walter Underwood
I was looking forward to this because the Poison Study series was good, but what a disappointment. The main character worries, conveniently withholds useful information, and bounces around having things happen to her. Oh, and she is kidnapped, threatened with death, and tortured multiple times (each). I'm just not that into a love story where she knows he loves her because he gives in when she is tortured.

Opal doesn't really make decisions, she's mostly batted around by the Hand of the Author. E...more
I wasn't sure how I was going to like the Glass Series diverging from The Study set, and though I liked Opal in her short appearances in the Yelena books, I didn't know if her character or the glass-blowing could really carry a book. I didn't need to worry, though, cause Snyder is an engaging writer, and though she has some habits that bug me (a ton of sentence fragments, stretched-thin analogies that she sometimes beats you over the head with), she handled the change-over nicely. Characters fro...more
Alethea A
Aug 22, 2009 Alethea A rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who need an Anti-Bella
Yay! I got my ARC today! (1/11/09)

I wasn't sure I was going to like Opal as a stand-alone character (and yes, Yelena fans, there are some pretty cool cameos from folks you know and love) but I think the combo of her and Zitora, as well as the other new characters introduced in this first-of-a-trilogy novel make for an exciting read. They've got spunk!

Sitia fans, you get to roam around a little more in this one. We've been to Booruby and the Citadel, but this time you get to make it all the way...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Opal Cowan has spent the last four years as a student at the Keep, training to be a magician, but so far the only thing she can do is channel magic into the glass animals she makes, enabling magicians to communicate with each other over long distances by using the animals. It's been a valuable service but her peer's snide remarks about her being a "one trick wonder" bite deep.

To her surprise, Opal is included on a mission with the Master Magician Zitoria to go to the Stormdancer clan. The Stormd...more
I loved Storm Glass. I loved the world introduced to us, I loved the concept and idea of magic and glass in the book, I loved the characters and the twists and turns in the plot. Everything was perfectly weaved together to form this marvellous work of art. This world is unique, intriguing, and I really enjoyed learning everything that can be learned about the world that Opal lives in, as well as the magic that she is developing.

I haven't read the Study series prior to this, which probably explai...more
I have become a huge fan of Maria V. Snyder's since I discovered her books, I absolutely loved the Study trilogy staring Yelena and Valek but I was also looking forward to exploring more of this world she has created and meeting a new cast of characters in the Glass series. Although these trilogies are about different characters I would personally recommend reading the Ixia books in order, starting with the Study books and then moving on to the Glass series. It will make more sense to you that w...more
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
Storm Glass is the first book in the Glass Series. This story is about Opal - a glass maker with magical abilities on her journey of discovery and it takes place 4-5 years after novel Poison Study from the Study Series.

Snyder has done it again! She captures you in her magical world and keeps you captivated. Opal finds herself on an impossible journey to investigate matters that have lead to the deaths of multiple stormdancers. While on her mission, Opal continues to struggle coming to terms with...more
Aug 30, 2010 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the Study books
What I really loved about this book was the main character, Opal. She is not like most heroines that I've read about who always know exactly who they are and never falter. She is very human; plagued by doubts and never sure who she can trust, and never actually trusting herself. Unlike a lot of fictional characters, she is not a super-human. Opal has her times of weakness and tries her best not to be a coward, even though she thinks she is. Despite all of these things, she still remains strong e...more
Cant wait for this. Here is the synposis from Maria's website.

As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it’s time to test her mettle. 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 happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap into a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is...more
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard


3. But I want to read the next one and my library doesn't have it. (Yet it has the 3rd. GRRR)

I might try a real review later. If goodreads isn't hungry.
Storm Glass would best be described a series of unfortunate events. Opal, like many of the characters in Snyder's series, has to deal with all kinds of trouble. She can only do one type of magic, her classmates don't like her, and a few people are out to kidnap and torture her. She's not sure of herself at all, and always refuses to see that she is strong and special. The romance in this book isn't as interesting it was in the other books, but it was present. My main complaint with this book is...more
Okay, so I just spent about half an hour writing a review for this book and then, of course, lost it just when I was writing that last wrapping it up paragraph. So, instead of putting myself through all that again, I'll sum up.

Why did I give this two stars instead of just one? I don't know.

The author fails to connect the reader to the protagonist right off the bat. She (the protag/author) tells us about the mean girl who torments the protag instead of showing us, thus negating potential sympathy...more
Oh my. This book had so much potential to be great, but it was unbelievably difficult to read. The plot was so convoluted, I felt like I was too dumb to get it! There must have been 30 or so characters, and 20 or so different plot lines. I still am not sure what the book (500ish pages) was even about!?!?!?? Additionally, I missed that part in my youth when I had 3 men simultaneously in love with me, and me returning those feelings.... Yikes!
Despite her own innate glass-based magical abilities, Opal Cowen has always felt unsure and out of place at Sitia's magic academy. When the Stormdancer clan needs help, only Opal possesses the necessary skills to help them and in doing so she taps into greater powers that she ever imagined she could possess. But the Stormdancer clan's problem isn't as simple as it first appeared, and soon Opal finds herself in danger.

I read Maria V. Snyder's Study trilogy (Poison Study, Magic Study and Fire Stu...more
A couple of years ago I was completely blown away by Poison Study. I was amazed by it and it’s one my favourites since. The second and third novels were also quite nice, but they didn’t come near the experience I had with the first one. Therefore it took me a while to start this one.

Maybe the time passed helped and maybe I was just stupid. Because this book was another great one and I feel like an idiot now for waiting. From the first page I connected with Opal, who is a student at Sitia’s Keep...more
Sometimes authors appear to get all their talent out in their first book and all follow-ups are disappointing. I didn’t even like Poison Study as much as everyone else (though I did think it was pretty good), but it was a hell of a lot better than this table leg prop.

This was just a horribly “meh” book. The love interests in particular suffered from Dull Syndrome. How can a love triangle be so unexciting? Kade, the Stormdancer, was far from being “mysterious and mercurial” like the description...more
Anggia Retno
Okay maybe it is 3.5 stars

After finishing Study series this book is quite a disappointment for several reasons.

First the heroine is quite disappointing, maybe after reading about Yelena in study series I think Opal lack the quality that make me love the character. She's not really strong or talented but it's not the problem her attitude that always whining and brooding make me bored.

Actually in the first half of the book she's not really annoying, but after she met that ulfric boy god it's beco...more
I recently finished Maria Snyder’s Study series and immediately jumped into Storm Glass. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t hold up to the wonder of the Study series.

I’m having a hard time figuring out just what was off about this book. I liked the characters, but didn’t love them. The main character seemed week to me but then she is young and will probably grow in future novels. I liked the mystery involved, but didn’t feel engrossed by it. I liked both of the love interests but didn’t feel either...more
YA Reads Book Reviews
Set in the same world as her previous series, The Study Series, Maria V. Snyder tantalizes readers with another complex, masterful story set in a magical world so convincing that she’ll have you believing that it’s actually real. Being a huge fan of The Study Series, I opened Storm Glass with huge expectations. It didn’t take too long for me to realise that Maria V. Snyder was not going to disappoint me, either.

Opal Cowan is good with glass. Really good. There is only one other person in all of...more
So I think that this world where the books are set in is not a fun place to live if you're involved with the Keep. Haha. It seems like life for these poor magicians will never settle down... not that I want it to. I personally love it, I was so happy to have a chance to get back into the world that Maria has created. I hope she does a spin off of this... er... spin off, I mean there is certainly enough material and characters for her go on forever.

I think the only downside to this was that the l...more
lyn straine
I picked this up randomly off the new fiction tables in the library because the summary looked interesting. I'll say one thing: I learned a lot about glass-making. The author describes the process in precise detail numerous times, and her descriptions of the glass and storm magic form the best passages of the book. The actual character interactions are less compelling (except for the briefly touched-on relationship between Opal and her school nemesis, Pazia), particularly when it came to Opal an...more
After reading tons and tons of books about werewolves and shifters and vampires and fairies, how would it feel to read a fantastical book where only magic resides? A pure fantasy with no huge monsters, no crazy moon phases and no bubbling cauldrons? Apparently, it would feel like a very nice change of pace – especially when that book is written by Maria V. Snyder and when it takes place in her wonderfully crafted world.

My love for Maria’s books goes way back. (Okay, I know I’ve only been reading...more
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