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Sea Glass

(Glass #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  19,218 ratings  ·  1,003 reviews
Like the colorful pieces of sea glass washed up on shore, Opal has weathered rough waters and twisting currents. But instead of finding a tranquil eddy, Opal is caught in a riptide. Her unique glass messengers which allow instant communication over vast distances have become a vital part of Sitian society. Once used solely by the Councilors and magicians, other powerful fa ...more
Paperback, 379 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Mira (first published August 18th 2009)
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Sarah Elizabeth

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
Anja H.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it

“Lying to yourself is easy, too. I know. It's much harder to stay and deal with consequences.”

I still love Sitia and Ixia, the magic system and all of the characters from the older books.. Just not Opal, who unfortunately happens to be the main character in this trilogy.
She's so very annoying, can't make up her mind and makes the dumbest decisions, ugh.

I can’t wait to finish the third book and have my Yelena back for another trilogy!
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Opal's dumb as a doornail routine annoys me. But the plot surrounding her intrigues me. Thus I will push on. Wondering how this semi- love triangle will end. ...more
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
Maggie ☘
“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.
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
nobody in this book could decide which side they wanted to be on 😭 this was mostly just opal travelling to various locations, it seems like something important is going to happen, then it’s all quickly resolved. if i’m being honest, the only redeeming factor of this book was kade, so he better make an appearance in the next book.
Jul 12, 2010 rated it liked it
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
A bit of a conundrum, this.

I have to think about it a little before I write my review.

I enjoy Opal´s story/adventures more than I did with Yelena. I like the even pace of the book, it feels effortless. Instead of saving every plot twist for the last 20 pages, action is evenly distributed. It doesn´t feel forced.

I just wish we got a bit more of Devlen in this one, I thought he was a bigger part of this book, but its just his name being repeated all of the time.
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Sea Glass picks up where Storm Glass left off. Exactly where it left off, it actually felt to me like the same book over again for a chunk of it.

I wasn’t into this one and I’m not even sure why, I just had a really hard time caring about Opal and an even harder time getting into the book at all.
I'm not going to lie guys.. Sea Glass started off pretty slowly for me. I wouldn't necessarily say I was disappointed by this because I feel like almost every book so far has either started off slowly or dove into some boring parts while reading it. Which, again - being super honest here, doesn't mean I didn't hit those dud parts while listening to this one. I completely did but this seemed like a quick book to get through that I didn't really care that much.

Also, I have a ton of questions about
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it
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 thi
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
You Thought Opal was Badass in Storm Glass, Think Again!
Sea Glass
Rating: 4.5/5

Summary: Opal has learned she can steal a magician’s powers without being provoked by siphoning it into a glass orb. The Council is afraid of her new power and orders her back, but Opal must confront Ulrick about blood magic and switching souls with Devlen. After the goes badly, Opal is forced back to the Keep and is held under house arrest. She is isolated, Zitora avoids her and is no longer her mentor, a null shield
Darren Hagan-Loveridge
**4.5 stars**

Loved it but it sometimes felt there was maybe too much going on.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was soo, soo, soo good! I don't think that MVS can write anything I won't love! ...more
Mar 08, 2015 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.
Irene Sim
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was deffinitely an improvement from the first book. Opal somehow manages to acquire some balls (even if most of the times it backfires) but in the end her persistence pays.
This series is so much different from "Poison Study", to me it seems that it has no purpose, no solid goal set from the beginning so the reader can have expectations of the plot and make sense of the story. It continues in the same pattern as the first book, Opal doing random things, going random missions for the Council,
Dec 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jessica {Litnoob}
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book still suffered slightly from the tell me over showing me syndrome BUT it was drastically improved from book one. I hope it's all but gone in the last one as I know what a skilled story teller the author is. As for the storyline itself I'm loving it, seeing in the mind of someone with this new power set, when before we have only seen this from the outside... I'm looking forward to seeing how things unfurl. ...more
Tracy Ehlers
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fantastic continuation from book 1.
I'm looking forward to reading the conclusion!
Sara (Freadom Library)
Actual rating 4.5 stars

This review was originally posted at

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
Just like all her other books, the plot is fast paced and full of constant action. It’s full of adventure and traveling to all the different kinds of clans found in Sitia which was really fun to experience. There’s suspense, danger. betrayal, tension, lies and magic of course. I like that there’s a new form of magic introduced that gave the story and the world an enti
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Again I had started to think that maybe reading ain't for me. I like to get to know the stories but the reading it self had become a chore. I had started to think fantasy as a genre is dead for me and had nothing new to offer. Thank goodness for Snyder cause she proved me all wrong. Now I know that everytime I get in a reading slump I should just pick up one of Snyders books.

So about the book? Uuhm. Perfection. Entertaining and fast paced. Always surprising but in a way that makes sense instead
Lucie V.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
✅ Pace
✅ Magic
✅ Characters
✅🆗 Plot
🆗 Romance / Love-triangle (kind of)

This was a good story, but I did not like it as much as Storm Glass. I thought that the whole deal with the enchanted sea glass would be way more important, that it would be at the heart of the plot... I'm still not sure what happened there. It seems that it was an honest mistake and that's it. I was expecting a more complex story with the sea glass, the same thing with the Bloodrose clan. I thought there would be something impor
Vereads (Verona)

“Lying to yourself is easy, too. I know. It's much harder to stay and deal with consequences.”

I frustrated with this series. This book has such great things going on: the politics, the stormdancer's clan, the warpers, and the magic system. But sadly we follow Opal and her adventures.

I can't connect with her. She annoyed me.

I felt that the book didn't have a purpose. It repeated a pattern: we follow Opal in a mission, she is kidnapped, then she is rescued or she managed to escape. After that
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Continuing on my journey through Ixia!

I just don't love Opal. She always seems to be whining to me and then when she should be standing up for herself, she doesn't. That said, I still enjoy these books. I liked when Janco came by to help again.

There were a lot of twists and turns to this one. No one believes Opal when she claims Devlen and Ulrick switched bodies. It causes a lot of strain between her and the other magicians. There's also the little issue of her "stealing" magic. That puts the f
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Another great re-read! I really enjoyed the pacing and plot for this. This is the book that made me love Opal because she tries and discovers herself. She still has a lot more growing to do and certain aspects of Opal remind me of me which is why I love Opal.
Sep 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015

Content: mild language, implied sex but no scene or details
Abby Salter
3.5 stars
I struggled a bit with the beginning of this book. The plot felt a bit all over the place. However it did settle down 150 or so pages in and I started to really like where it was going.
Maria V Snyder has a very addictive writing style which is easy to breeze through. However with this series it seems as though she doesn't have an exact plan but is just letting the story carry her forwards and so events can seem somewhat random.
I can relate to Opal with her insecurities but I am looking
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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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