Monday, April 6, 2015

Review: Sea Glass (Glass #2) by Maria V. Snyder

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Warning: Contains spoilers for Storm Glass!

Title: Sea Glass (Glass #2)
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Publish Date: September 1st 2009

"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 she is sure another man now her prisoner has switched souls with Ulrick.

In hostile territory, without proof or allies, Opal isn't sure whom to trust. She can't forget Kade, the handsome Stormdancer who doesn't want to let her get close. And now everyone is after Opal's special powers for their own deadly gain.... "

Cover: The cover is gorgeous. I love anything ocean themed, so the title and cover alone would be enough to make me buy the book (and then realize its the second in a series and pick up the first).

StoryLine: Sea Glass picks up almost immediately where Storm Glass left off. Ordered to return to the council, Opal instead sets out to try and find Ulrick so she can prove that blood magic is still being used, and to switch his soul back to his right body. Things happen, and Opal gets to see first hand how the council reacts to magic they don't understand. Opal finds herself treated as a feared criminal, and no one, not even her closest allies, believe her story about what really happened. The storyline definitely was filled with a good amount of twists and turns, action and adventure, it wasn't hard to keep engrossed. There was a bunch of crazy turns of events at the end of the story, some of which left me feeling a bit weary.

Characters: We get to see some character development here, some characters seemingly progress and grow, while others seem to do the opposite. The fact that no one believes Opal, even after all the unbelievable things that happened in the Study series makes a lot of the characters to seem to take a step back for me. I felt just as frustrated as Opal by the lack of belief from her friends and family.

Parting Thoughts: Although, it didn't manage to be as engaging as Storm Glass, Sea Glass is a good book. It just seemed to be missing that something that both Poison Study and Storm Glass had.

4/5 Stars

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