Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Book Review: Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder

Sea Glasscontinues the story of Opal, who has discovered new and powerful uses for her glass magic. Though she has been commanded by the council to return immediately, she delays that return, seeking out Ulrick, hoping he will want to have his soul returned to its body. When she does return to the Magician's Keep, she is kept under house arrest and the council is doing its best to control her, but even her friends seem to have turned against her when she tries to explain about Ulrick. Will she convince them in time, or will she become a victim of her own magical power?

Sea Glass (Glass, Book 2)

Things I Liked:
Oh, Snyder, you have done it again! Despite my somewhat annoyance with Opal's first story (Storm Glass), I really enjoyed this book. The story is fast-paced and Opal is a lot more confident this time around, which is something that annoyed me in the first book. I absolutely love the supporting characters, Janco in particular, not to mention Leif. I really enjoyed them more than Opal, I'm afraid. But, I liked the plot, with its intrigue and the complex problems that arose. And, of course, the writing.
"Time dripped. Each second hung as if it were on the end of an icicle, fattening until t grew too big to hold on. Then splat - another second gone." p.53
A taste of my Janco love:
"Sandseed horses are very intelligent, and he's one beautiful, bright boy."
"And he allowed you to saddle him!" I said in an excited whisper. "How?"
He shrugged. "I introduced myself, and told him what was going on. Guess meeting the greatest swordsman in Ixia awed him into submission."
"A swordsman who can't handle a horsewhip. He probably felt sorry for you." p. 66
Things I Didn't Like:
Some sections seemed totally unrelated, though they are probably being used to set up future books. Still, I found them disrupting to the plot of this book. It also seemed like there were too many stories going on at once.

Start with the Study trilogy by Snyder and then the first about Opal, Storm Glass
They remind me of Robin McKinley's The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown

s-factor: !
a handful

mrg-factor: XX
some implied situations, nothing explicit

v-factor: ->->
fighting, blood, etc

Overall rating: ****

Who is your favorite character from Snyder's series?

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  1. These are on my to be read list....someday!

  2. Ooh, I have to say my favorite is probably Valek. :-) (I'm really hoping he makes an appearance in the next book.) I like Leif a lot, too, as well as Yelena and Kade.

  3. I have the first of these books waiting for me at the library. I'm excited to read it.

    Speaking of exciting, you won a copy of DEADLY LITTLE SECRET. Hop on over to my blog for all the details!


  4. :D
    I love Janco.

    And Leif.

    I need to reread the Study books, though, because I miss Valek and Yelena.

  5. I've never heard of these! I'll go find them!

  6. I just finished Poison Study today, and I really enjoyed all the characters. Snyder definitely has some serious talent.

  7. I just have to say Ditto to your review. Did you peek inside my head? lol.

    Well, I really like Janco. I think I enjoy his funny little rhymes the most, but he is just a loyal friend. I love how he loves a challenge.

  8. Charlotte, you won't be sorry!

    Gayle, I miss Valek too! He was so awesome.

    Susan, I'm excited to see what you think (and YEAH!)

    Britt, I feel the need to reread too - need more Valek!

    Sharon, oh you will love them (or at least I hope you will :)

    NotNessie, I hope Snyder has a lot more stories in her head. I love them!

    Amy, not psychic, but great minds think alike right? Janco is just so much fun and he is such a good person. Two definite positives!

  9. I loved the Study series...it was an interesting plot.

    Is there another book in the Glass series? or just the two...

    Love Snyder...shes excellent, bought Fire Study today :)

  10. Amanda, right now only the two Glass book are out, but it is slated to be a trilogy, so watch for another book!


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