Aug 25, 2010

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Review: Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder (Glass #2)

Fantasy
September 1 2009
Trade Paperback
379 pages
Mira Books

Kick Ass Chick – Opal Cowan

From Goodreads

“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 that 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…”

If I were to write an action adventure story with magical and fantastical elements, I would write a book exactly like “Sea Glass”.  But since I’m not ambitious or imaginative enough to write an actual novel, I’m glad Maria V. Snyder can and did.

“Sea Glass” is the second book in Maria’s latest trilogy.  It complements the first book perfectly, even upping the excitement and intrigue level a notch.  There is enough magic, mystery, blood magic, humor, cameos, political intrigue and action to keep you riveted and entertained.  She even has a bit more romance thrown in for good measure.

“Sea Glass” starts off almost exactly where “Storm Glass” left off.  In this installment, Opal has spunk!  She is frustrated beyond belief that the list of those who believe what happened to her in “Storm Glass” is so short – and it grows shorter and shorter as the book progresses.  On top of that, she feels as though she has no control over her own life or her own decisions.  She feels trapped.   While reading, I just wanted to reach into the book, shake these people and tell them to really think about what they are accusing!  Seriously…*sigh* But alas, no matter how much I wanted to, there was no way to reach into the pages.  So I simply continued reading to see where the adventure took me.  (Not a real sacrifice, I must say).  Through the book, Opal is gathering up her courage and it’s actually nice to see when she finally has enough self-confidence to “stick it to the man”.  Unfortunately, when she is finally in a position to make her own choice, what she must decide between will basically screw her over no matter what she decides to do.  Opal is well aware of this, but she is trying her hardest to opt for the choice that makes her feel as though she is in control and that let her feel somewhat independent.  Opal is a great character.  You really feel her struggle.  It’s her struggle that makes her so relatable.  Who hasn’t felt like the whole world was against you and as your confidence level wavers while you are trying to battle magicians who are using giant green bees as weapons?  Okay…maybe not the magicians with the bees part…but the confidence part?  Absolutely.

One decision that is easy to agree with is Opal’s choice of beau, Kade.  How he tries to stand by her even when everyone else seems to have left her behind is quite admirable.  Their relationship is not perfect – you feel as though Opal is holding back a bit.  But Kade is strong and he wants to stick by her.

Let’s talk about Devlen.  Now he’s a conundrum.  He’s the bad guy.  I should hate him.  He hurt our girl Opal – many times.  He’s deceived her, lied to her, tricked her…  Really, I should hate him.  But I can’t seem to bring myself to as wholly and completely as I should.  I attest that to the way Maria writes her characters.  She makes them human.  Whether they are bad guys or good guys, I can’t help but feel drawn to them.  You can’t help but feel for the naughty boy who is trying his hardest reconcile for his actions.  I actually found myself wanting to tell Opal that if things with Kade don’t work out, maybe she should consider Devlen.  Seriously, how messed up is that?!

“Sea Glass” bumps up the level of adventure from high to “holy cow!”  It’s funnier than the first one too, although that should not surprise since Janco (from Maria’s ‘Study’ series) has quite an important role in this book – and Janco is funny!  And the ending…whoa!  What happens to our girl Opal is very unexpected.  Then again, so is most of what happens in these tales.  If you loved “Storm Glass”, then you will for sure really love “Sea Glass” and you’ll count the days until “Spy Glass” is released with impatient glee.

5 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“’We should keep an open mind and see how they do,’ Kade said.  He pulled me close.
‘Think the best until proven otherwise?’
‘Exactly.  You should adopt it as your motto.’
I liked my way better.  Assume danger and be pleasantly surprised when proven wrong.”

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“’Don’t you dare say it.’  He poked my arm with a finger.  ‘My choice to help you. My fault for being caught.  No regrets.  I’d do it again without thought.’  He cocked his head to the side and scratched his scarred ear.  ‘Which isn’t that big of a revelation.  Ari says I do everyting without a thought.’  He shrugged.  ‘Thinking is overrated.’”

—–

“’Thank you for saving my life.’
‘Not me.  Yelena—‘
‘Not exactly.  Leif earns the credit for keeping me alive.  You deserve a kiss for giving me reason to eat.’
‘How romantic. Is that how you’re going to introduce me?  ‘Councillor Greenblade, I’d like you to meet the man who gives me a reason to eat.’’”

  1. LOL…I really liked the reason to eat quote you added.

  2. Jen – Me too 🙂

  3. Okay you’ve convinced me. I keep hearing wonderful things about Maria Snyder, but my TBR stack is just so huge already! But…. I don’t think I can resist. Off to amazon!

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