Stormglass by Maria V Snyder

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 in to a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening. And the further she delves into the intrigue behind the glass and magic, the more distorted things appear. With lives hanging in the balance—including her own—Opal must control powers she hadn't known she possessed…powers that might lead to disaster beyond anything she's ever known.

It took a pretty long time to really get into this one. I read the Study trilogy a while back and as you may recall (or can read about here, here and here) that started out great but ended up being a huge disappointment.

Storm glass centres around the girl Opal who's introduced in the third book of the Study trilogy and I really struggled to even remember what her role was and what was significant and what wasn't. The general plot is all over the place like spilled milk and it isn't engaging enough at all to cry over.

I never felt close to any of the characters and their doings just seemed too plot devised - rather than the flow of a good story, this felt choppy and too conveniently timed.

Over all it was a sort of decent read, but I don't think I can be bothered to read any more by this author.

488 words / published in 2009
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2011


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