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.
I've owned this book for a while now, but hadn't had a chance to read it until a while ago. I have to say I was a little concerned about the book, because the last book I read by Maria V. Snyder was Fire Study and it really disappointed me. But I decided to give the book a chance and read it. And I'm so glad I did. This book was...wait for it...amazing. What I loved most about the book was not only the narrator, but also the knowledge Maria V. Snyder had about glass blowing. She really proved she knew what she was talking about, and that gave a great quality and originality to the story. Opal was hilarious, I found myself laughing every five pages. Also, and I think this is something, or rather someone, we all loved, I fell in love with Kade. He wasn't the typical cheesy romantic guy, but he wasn't the typical bad boy either. Kade was someone you really don't notice at first, but when you get to know him better, you can't help but to fall for him. There is an originality to this book that other books don't have, the fact that it's set on a medieval, old-age era makes it fascinating. I give five stars to this awesome book and recommend it to everyone looking for a good read.
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