Storm Glass (Glass #1)
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.
You can’t let the past ruin your future.
As a first book in the series, it is certainly one heck of a super packed adventure. I missed the days when I would zip through Snyder’s books and still a smile would be on my face. The Glass series is similar and as amazing.
Opal starts off on a mission, which is just the beginning of her journey. Her previous experiences (in the Study series) are a weight on her shoulder, causing her to distance herself away from others. She also struggles with grief, and find comfort in a certain Stormdancer who I really love. There is another sort-of love interest in the picture, and he annoyed me with his overprotective behaviour. Throughout Opal’s adventures, she encounters old friends and new companions.
The plot is enticing, almost as good as the Study series. Just like Yelena, Opal is a trouble magnet. It’s what makes her journey a suspenseful yet exciting one. The only thing that I had trouble with was the beginning, which took a little while to get into. As soon as the mission started, the pages were flipping and I was back on my game.
Overall, Storm Glass is a fantastic first novel. There is a real aspect of grief and Opal’s growth as she searches for her true self. And the glass analogies are so poetic! Those quotes definitely deserve to be recognized and quoted.