Review: Maria Snyder's Fire Study, Glass series

Read some of these books by Maria Snyder over the last quarter of last year, and earlier this year, managed to finish off both the series. Here, then is the post on the last book in the Study series and her Glass magician series.

Title: Fire Study

Review: Maria Snyder's Fire Study, Glass series

Author: Maria Snyder

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: MIRA Books

Year Published: March 2008

Stand alone or series: Study Book 3

On the Back cover:

Yelena’s new role as Soulfinder has made the Sitian Council uneasy. Worried that her new powers will corrupt her, the Council debates her fate. Yelena, though is trying to keep Sitia and Ixia from going to war. In the middle of political wrangling, Yelena receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by Ferde, the Soulstealer who murdered eleven girls and has escaped from prison with Cahil Ixia’s help.

Cahil believes if he joins with the new Daviian Clan, he will have enough support to regain the Ixian throne. Testing the limit of her skills, Yelena becomes embroiled in the desperate fight to stop Ferde and the Daviian Clan from siphoning enough power to unleash a Fire Warper on the world. That would be worst than war between the northern and southern lands. Especially since, of all the powers Yelena possesses, she couldn’t set fire to a candle wick if her life depended on it. And there is more at stake than just her life.


In my books …
Very statisfying ending to an excellent fantasy series written in first person. Have never really liked first person account novels, but Ms Snyder changed that opinion with her Study series. Posion Study remains a firm favourite to this day, and she has only switched up her game with each instalment.

This final book in Yelena’s adventures into magic, self, and love seals her reputation as a master story-teller, IMO, and I believe fans will definitely be looking out for more from her.

IMB Rating: 5.0, Loved it


More New Arrivals

Title: Storm Glass

Author: Maria Snyder

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: MIRA Books

Year Published: May 2009

Stand alone or series: Glass Book 1

On the Back cover:

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 into 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 never knew she possessed… powers that might lead to disaster beyond anything she’s ever known.

In my books …
This was another great debut to a new series, bringing me back to some familiar characters from the Study series. I like how Ms Snyder has managed to introduce yet another intruguing concept of magic, building yet more colexities and fascinating layers into the wodnerful Ixian-Sitian universe that she’s created.

In fact, it didn’t feel like a new series at all, more like the continuation of the Study series, but told from the perspective of Opal. The struggle between good and evil is till there, it wasn’t enturely vanquished in Fire Study, just contained. And how evil rears its ugly head again, and some old fears of Opal cam back to haunt her. Could tell exciting times lie head for Opal, who’s just as conflicted in her relationships as she is about her future in magic.

IMB Rating: 4.0, Really liked it


Review: Maria Snyder's Fire Study, Glass seriesTitle:
Sea Glass

Author: Maria Snyder

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: MIRA Books

Year Published: September 2009

Stand alone or series: Glass Book 2

On the Back cover:

Like the colorful pieces of sea glass washed up on shore, Opal has weathered rough waters and twisting currents. But instead of finding a tranquil eddy, Opal is caught in a riptide. Her unique glass messengers which allow instant communication over vast distances have become a vital part of Sitian society. Once used solely by the Councilors and magicians, other powerful factions are now vying for control. Control of the messengers equals control of Sitia.

Unfortunately that also means control of Opal. If that isn’t enough of a problem, Opal’s determination to prove blood magic is still being used is met with strong resistance. The Council doubts her, her mentor doubts her, and even her family is concerned. When her world is turned upside down, she begins to doubt herself. In the end, Opal must decide who to believe, who to trust, and who has control—otherwise she will shatter into a million pieces and be swept out by the tide.

In my books …
I liked how Opal has grown in her confidence and skills, and appears more sure of herself in this book. But the new Opal is still conflicted over her feelings for the villain in the last book, who seems to have reformed totally after being drained of magical abilities and still trapped in the body of her ex-beau.

Boy, Opal sure is a confused soul, and although I’m frustrated that she can’t seem to make up her mind, I also sympathize with her, as nothings is as it seems, and the people whom she trusted couldn’t support her fully for lack of evidence.

In a pique of rebellion, Opal struck out on her own to solve a mystery and obtain proof of her theory, gaining more friends and the proof that she wanted, but too late to prevent an irreversible damage. Even when she made the ultimate sacrifice, I sensed that she will bounce back, more resilient than ever, and determined to rid the world of the greater evil that’s lurking just under covers, waiting to unleash a catastrophe.

IMB Rating: 4.0, Really liked it


Review: Maria Snyder's Fire Study, Glass seriesTitle
: Spy Glass

Author: Maria Snyder

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: MIRA Books

Year Published: September 2010

Stand alone or series: Glass Book 3

On the Back cover:

An undercover mission leads to danger, adventure and an impossible choice.

After siphoning her own blood magic in the showdown at Hubal, Opal Cowan has lost her powers. She can no longer create glass magic. More, she’s immune to the effects of magic. Opal is now an outsider looking in, spying through the glass on those with the powers she once had, powers that make a difference in the world.

Until spying through the glass becomes her new power. Suddenly, the beautiful pieces she makes flash in the presence of magic. And then she discovers that someone has stolen some of her blood – and that finding it might let her regain her powers. Or know it could be they are lost forever.

In my books …
A fitting finale to Opal’s journey to her self and her strength. Even without her dubious magic to aid her, she proved that she can still kick butts, wreck havoc and save the world, of course with the help of loyal friends, and side-kicks like Janco, Valek, Lief, Devlin and two new friends she gained in book 2.

I suspected that Ms Snyder would pair her off with someone really controversial, and unexpected. I mean, look whom she paired Yelena off with. For the sake of other readers who may not have read this yet, I’ll keep mum.

But this also gives me hope that maybe Ms Snyder has aother tale up her sleeves? One can only hope. A thoroughly enjoyable romp through magic, self-discovery, and Ixian-Sitia.

IMB Rating: 4.0, Really liked it

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