In the five years since she helped Yelena Zaltana capture the Warpers and save Sitia, Opal Cowan has been living at the Keep, studying magic and working at the local glass shop. Known as a "One Trick Wonder", Opal is discouraged to find that her magical abilities don't extend beyond bestowing magic into her glass creations, and her lack of conventional magical abilities has left her mostly friendless. But then something goes awry with the Stormdance Clan's glass orbs that the Stormdancer's use to trap the vast amount of energy that the devastating storms bring each year, and the Master Magicians are convinced that Opal's unique ways with glass will be able to determine the problem—but Opal isn't so sure. And when she, Master Magician Zitora Cowan, and the mysterious Stormdancer Kade, find the true reason behind the sabotaged orbs, it will lead them on a journey full of danger, secrets, and unimaginable power.
With her signature wit, intelligence, and breathtaking action, Maria V. Snyder ensures that Storm Glass is fast paced and completely engrossing from start to finish. Readers of Snyder's Study trilogy will be delighted to learn more about Opal, who first made her appearance in Magic Study, and will enjoy getting to know her and her unique abilities. Snyder creates in Storm Glass a multi-layered and intriguing glimpse at the politics of her world, and it is evident through her writing that it is very well researched and carefully thought out. The same danger and suspense that were prevailing in her previous novels are present, but are paired with a new, interesting, and very likable character who isn't always sure of herself. This quality in Opal is very appealing, and keeps her grounded and likable. Her uncertainties and insecurities when it comes to her love life, family, and abilities are all quite relatable, and very convincing. Storm Glass strikes the perfect balance between serious moments and situations and light hearted, humorous moments, making it a suspenseful, riveting, and wholly satisfying read. Maria V. Snyder is at her best.
Storm Glass comes out in May.