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.
After reading the Study series and absolutely adoring it, I had really high hopes for this series. I was a little disappointed.
In all the Study books, the story line was amazing. There was action, twists and turns, fighting, romance, magic. In this one, not so much. I felt like there was barely any action at all (although I simply adored the ending. It was amazing). The writing wasn't as good, the sentences were choppy and disconnected. I usually get so caught up in a book I can read it even when there's noise around. In this one, I had to plug my ears so I could concentrate on the book. In the Study books, Maria V. Snyder chose a specific story line and the whole book was about it. In this one, it went from Stormdancers to glass and diamonds, then back to a little Stormdancers. I was very surprised when Opal figured out the problem to the Stormdancers' troubles so fast. I thought it would be the whole book.
I was all geared up for another Yelena with a different name, a kick-ass fighter, strong, and smart. I didn't get it. In my opinion, Opal was weak, couldn't fight, and she walked knowingly into traps.
In the Study series, I loved the romance. Valek and Yelena were perfect for each other. In this book, I feel like the romance was forced. And I didn't get the love triangle at all. I liked Kade the best, although he's not my favorite guy ever, and I didn't like Ulrick.
All in all, I'm definitely going to buy the rest of the series, mostly because I want to see what happens and I really want the next books to be good.
Huge thanks to Maria V. Snyder and Mira for sending me this copy for review. And an extra thanks to Maria V. Snder for signing it.