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Storm Glass

(Glass #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  23,656 ratings  ·  1,623 reviews
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 ma
Paperback, 488 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Mira
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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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Tomoe Hotaru
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
Sep 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, arc, autographed
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!
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
My fantasy cravings are off the charts right now! So a Maria V. Snyder book seems only fitting.

I've read just now that I have to finish the Study series first before reading this series. But I'm still gonna read this. Ha. Why not? I'M A REBEL!



This was a very fast-paced and action-packed read. I liked the first half better because our MC, Opal, wasn't torn from her feelings on any guy which was a surprise for me because, normally, I would already ship the main female character
Sarah Elizabeth
“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 th
Feb 06, 2010 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
Helen 2.0
Will Maria Snyder ever stop letting her MCs get kidnapped and/or tortured on an almost weekly basis? (Probably not).

The Glass series plays in the same world as the Study series and even involves some of the same characters. But there are key differences between the two series that I'm still discovering.

1. As an MC, Opal has a very different personality than Yelena's. At the beginning of Storm Glass, she is insecure, whiny, and easily cowed; nothing like strong Yelena who hits the ground runnin
Apr 02, 2009 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
Anja H.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it

“There is a reason for everything. You might not be able to figure it out, and time might have made us all forget it, but the reason is there all the same.”

I have to say I was a little disappointed by this one, when comparing it to Maria V. Snyder's previous Study series. (That I strongly advise you to read before starting this one!)

It's not that I disliked Opal, but I just missed my badass Yelena and Valek! I'm hoping that Opal will grow more of a backbone in the next bo
Maggie ☘
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Study series fans
*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
Maria Kaye
Jan 19, 2015 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)
Oct 01, 2014 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
Glass series has always been my favorite, Opals story is so much more engaging than I ever expected. The flow of the story is very natural, even though I loved Magic Study there was a bit too much going on at the same time. In Storm Glass is a bit more natural and feels lighter somehow. ...more
Anne Osterlund
Jan 13, 2010 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
I liked this one. A fun, fast-paced read.

Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Mar 28, 2016 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. ...more
Jul 14, 2015 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.
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Sadly, Opal was a snooze fest. Yelena rules Ixia, Sitia and everything else <3
Anna 'Bookbuyer'
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Nov 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
This ended up with a 3.5 star rating - I think what ruined it for me was that I didn't read the other series from this author and there were too many references of characters and travels from prior books.

I also didn't feel connected with the main characters ---- maybe it's because I just came off of reading such intricate epic fantasies that I was expecting the same here.

Overall though, it was a good story - but I think my time with these glass orbs are done.
Jessica {Litnoob}
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This landed more at a 3.5 for me. While I love Opal as a character and LOVE being back in this world, there were some times I felt like we were being told things instead of shown them. A few to many times it made me feel disconnected from certain events. Still I got to see so many of the characters I loved and over all the story did feel very much apart of the Poison Study world. Completely continuing on in the series.
May 14, 2011 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.
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Can I not get Kidnapped/Dragged into Danger for Once?
Storm Glass (Glass #1)
Rating: 4/5

Summary: Opal Cowan had been training at the Keep for the last four years since the fiasco with Ferde & the Fire Warper. Opal is still trying to deal with her sister’s death and everything else that happened with Yelena, including what she endured at the hands of Alea Daviian. She’s also been struggling with her magic seeing as it can only do one thing. When Stormdancer orbs begin breaking and killing people, t
 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
Ornella (Nyx)
Apr 16, 2015 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
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.
May 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Read the Study series first.

content: mild language, implied sexual content
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Why is it always when they captured? Lol. Valek and Yelena at Poison Study. Then now, this. Snyder likes captivity and professing love in one scene? Lol.
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy, print, magic, ya
a typical Snyder. I loved it. ❤
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.

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When Maria V. Snyder was younger, she aspired to be a storm chaser in the American Midwest so she attended Pennsylvania State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. Much to her chagrin, forecasting the weather wasn’t in her skill set so she spent a number of years as an environmental meteorologist, which is not all. Bored at work and needing a creative out ...more

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