Saturday, September 12, 2009

Review: Sea Glass by Maria Snyder

SEA GLASS by Maria Snyder
Publisher: Mira
Pub. Date: September 2009
448pp

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…

Once again, Snyder continues to amaze me with the world that she’s created. It’s unlike any setting that I’ve read. It’s refreshing and the more I read her books the more I fall in love with her world. She has crafted a beautiful setting with wonderful characters that will keep you turning the pages in the wee hours of the night.

Sea Glass picks up were Storm Glass left off with a turn of events going from good to bad in a drop of a coin. Opal goes through a complete transformation in this book and I enjoyed seeing the stages of her growth throughout this book. Snyder gives us more unexpected twists and turns in Sea Glass and I’m so happy about one in particular that we get to see at the end of the book but I’ll keep it to myself because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.

Snyder did grace us with some of our favorite characters from the Study Series again and I have to say that Janco is one of mine. He had me cracking up in this book and I can only hope that I will get to see more of him in the future along with some of the Study Series cast. Kade has grown on me tremendously since Storm Glass and I’m excited to see what the future has in store for him.

If you are looking for a magical setting away from Vampires, Werewolves and Fairies, I think you should take a chance on this series. It will totally knock your socks off!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

9 comments:

  1. I have heard tons of great reviews of this book. Yours too is a great review. I like that it is a break from the regular paranormal creatures. I will be watching for both books from this author.

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  2. awesome review! you're making my "to read" list on goodreads very long!! keep up the great work

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  3. This sounds like a great book. I haven't read this series before but I think I will have to check them out.

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  4. I love Janco! I was so happy he was in the book as much as he was!

    You know what I did miss in this series, though? The horses. I want to know what name they have for Opal! I missed having someone around who could talk to them.

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  5. LOL! I was wondering the same thing... You know what I miss? Sigh... Valek! I have a serious crush on him.

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  6. Great review!! I love Maria's books too! Her world is so...enchanting. The setting is so wonderful for an "enchanted" world. I just loved it! And I am sooo glad that Janco returns more in Sea Glass, I missed him...and his rhymes! He cracks me up. I literally lol when I read his lines! Luckily I was at home when I read this one so no one heard me! ;)

    So glad that her next glass book comes out NEXT year instead of the 2011 that the book says. That freaked me out. Had to talk to Maria to make sure that it was a goof!

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  7. I still have yet to get my hands on Storm Glass! AH! I may just have to go and buy it!

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  8. It does sound like an interesting world. I'll have to pick this up! Really curious about how the author portrays her vampires though...

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  9. I have read this book and all her others in the series and I absolutely love it. I was soooo happy Janco came back, and I agree with you. I thought Yelena was going to tell Opal her horse name and it was going to be really meaningful, like it described her whole life in a name. This and the Study Series is my current favorite series and EVERYONE should read the series.

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