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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 2009)
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Miranda M I recommend reading the Study series, then this series, then going to the Soulfinder series because otherwise, there are some points in the plot that…moreI recommend reading the Study series, then this series, then going to the Soulfinder series because otherwise, there are some points in the plot that seem to not be well elaborated on. You don't HAVE to, but it could make things easier on you.(less)
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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
May 07, 2009 Jane rated it really liked it
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!
“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.”

This was an entertaining YA fantasy, and I really liked Opal.

Opal was a lovely character, she cared for other people, she didn’t boast about her magic, and she did what she could, even when she felt vastly underpowered compared to the other magic users around her. It couldn’t have been easy for her to have been known as a one-trick-pony so it was good that
Feb 06, 2010 Beth rated it it was ok
"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
Oct 05, 2009 Felicia rated it liked it
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
Maggie ☘Wonderland-BookQueen☘
*2.7/5 Stars*

“Everyone grieves in different ways. For some, it could take longer or shorter. I do know it never disappears. An ember still smolders inside me. Most days, I don’t notice it, but, out of the blue, it’ll flare to life.”

This trilogy is about Opal, who appeared in Fire Study and helped Yelena imprison Fire Warpers in glass prisons and thus saved Sitia. She's glass maker and magician, but she can work her magic just through glass - She's a Glass Magician.

“The piece’s core glowed as
Maria Kaye
Mar 04, 2015 Maria Kaye rated it really liked it
***3.5 stars***

I would recommend reading the Study series first since Storm Glass takes place a few years after book three.

It's going to be a short review y'all.

Well if you've read the Study series by Maria V. Snyder you'll probably know who this series is about. If not, this series is about a character called Opal Cowan. She's a magician as well as a glass maker. After using her magic to help the famous Yelena save Sitia she's titled the Glass Magician. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer cla
Kayla (BOOKadoodles)
Apr 30, 2016 Kayla (BOOKadoodles) rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
After loving the Study series, my expectations were extremely low going into this--I didn't want to be disappointed. Instead, I was surprised to find such a solid start to another trilogy set in the world of Ixia. Familiar characters do pop up throughout the story, but I also enjoyed getting to know new characters and learning more about Opal's unique magical powers. I took off a star because the pacing seemed inconsistent at times--I found myself either flying through chapters or trudging throu ...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Apr 05, 2016 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
This was like 3.5 stars for me. There were a few plot holes that took me out of the story. And the h annoyed me. She did a lot of stupid things. But although I get no one is perfect, some of her duh moments seemed way to obvious for me and I couldn't relate to her stupidity. However, I like the story and I'm going to continue because I enjoy the overall world. And not everyone can be Yerlana.
Anne Osterlund
Mar 28, 2010 Anne Osterlund rated it liked it
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
Dec 20, 2014 Jo rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
I enjoyed this one but not as much as Poison Study. I really wanted to read more about Opal since her appearance in Yelena's stories. The info about glass blowing was fascinating. I have put the next two books on hold at the library, and I can't wait to see where Opal's story goes.
Rebecca T
Feb 04, 2015 Rebecca T rated it really liked it
Shelves: 115-in-2015
While this series has been on my TBR for literally years, the only reason I finally picked it up was due to Shadow Study and my burning desire to understand every little detail in the book. But I’m glad I finally did.

Following the story of Opal - who we meet in the Study series - we get to see the world of Sitia through another’s eyes. It was weird at first to be reading about the same people and the same world through different eyes, but it was also refreshing.

I could really identify with Opal
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.
Sara (Freadom Library)
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Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
As always with this author, this book is action packed and super fast paced. There’s a lot of tension, danger, magic, intrigue and suspense. It has all the great qualities that I enjoyed in the Study trilogy that comes before this book. Also, we travel a lot with the main characters in this book and we get to see more of the other clans as well as new forms of magic which was awesome.

Oct 14, 2011 Lindsay rated it really liked it
**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
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
Walter Underwood
Oct 11, 2011 Walter Underwood rated it did not like it
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
 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
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 it was amazing
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
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
Dec 21, 2011 H rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic, page-turner
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
Ornella (Nyx)
Apr 16, 2015 Ornella (Nyx) rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Great start to a new trilogy in the same world as Yelena and Valek. Forgotten how much I missed all those characters, and now there are new ones that I'll be missing! (Read: Kade).

Snyder is just so good at making her characters come alive, and their character growth! Even the villains never remained static. Opal has her issues, which is totally understandable because of what happened in the Study series. Just because it's understandable didn't mean I didn't want to shake her a few time
Apr 14, 2015 Jilly rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Opal is a victim. This girl has been kidnapped more times than a garden gnome. (It's a thing. Look it up! There's even a group called the "Garden Gnome Liberationists". Check Wiki)

Because of this, she is insecure, wishy-washy, and afraid. She also makes terrible decisions, is jealous and bitter, and is very standoffish towards other people. So, do these things make her more human? I guess, but not really a person that I like that much. Instead of an adventure, what this girl really needs is inte
Jan 08, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic first book in the Glass series. I love getting to know new characters and explore more of the world Maria V. Snyder has masterfully created.

Overall: 4.5 stars
Recommendation: Yes. If you love the Study series then you really need to give this a read.
Mandy K
Apr 06, 2015 Mandy K rated it it was amazing
Full Review

Storm Glass managed to be just as addicting as Poison Study was. While the other two Study books were good books and fast reads, they didn't quite reach the devouring level that Poison Study had. But Storm Glass did. I tore through this book. I couldn't get enough. And still, even though this is now the 4th book in this world, we still have new, interesting world building.

We get to learn about the Stormdancers, which introduced a whole new level of lore and world building. I love how
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
Aug 30, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it
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
Mar 09, 2015 Abbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating - 3.25

This was an okay read, But it felt really long.

I liked Opal most of the time, but she annoyed me a couple of times.

This had an interesting start, and I enjoyed mot of the first half of the story. Unfortunately though, I started to lose interest somehwere in the second half, and the book started to feel really long.

I'm still looking forward to book two, I just hope that it can keep my interest longer than this one did.
Jun 15, 2009 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-books
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
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