A previous reviewer already addressed the technical and reader issues with the book, so I won't re-hash that. While I enjoyed it and actually finished listening to it over two days (I've been laid off so I need something to keep my mind easily occupied while playing with my two year old.) what made this a three rather than a four star book for me was that, well it became tedious in parts, just going on and on, and on when I wanted it to get to the point. This is from someone who will only buy unabridged and greatly enjoys fantasy novels, which have a certain style that, if not edited well become, well, boring.
That is my biggest complaint is the recording. Some of the characters are spoken so soft that there were several times of waiting until out of the car to listen. Nothing ruins a story faster than a bad recording.
The book is interesting as are all of Maria's novels. But it the narrator that is making this painful to listen to. The voices she does for the characters don't fit them at all, her narration is awful!! I don't think she even understands the story she's reading... And it's ruining the story.
I had looked forward to Opal's story after listening to the first three episodes of Yelena's adventures. While I enjoyed this first book, it didn't hold the captivation for me the other series does. I still plan to buy the next book, though. I think I had just gotten used to Gabra Zachman's performance & this new narrator kind of threw me with her different pronunciations of some of the words. As I said - I still plan to listen to the series, so I do like it very much.
Many say I am easily entertained because I have given many 5star ratings, but I KNOW what I like, have my favorites, and choose accordingly.
I wish Gabra Zackman had continued narraton for Opal Cowen trilogy. Love character voice continuity.
This set of books was so good. Listen to the first, then the second, and then the third. I started them in the wrong order, didn't have my list and so was confused, until I went back and started with the first and then the right order. They are so good. Love the wizardess.
This was an interesting concept, but I feel the author uses the rape and torture of women rather than search for an interesting and original conflict for her story arc. This same conflict is employed over and over in her work. It's too bad she can't seem to break away from the rape and torture conflict, the stories have some interesting magical concepts, and yet there was a lot of potential that was not realized. I've had enough at this point, I can't read any more of her work. Life is too short to read something that makes me want to cringe...
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Keep in mind, I have over 250 books in my audible library alone. I have listened and read many more books than that. So I am comparing this author, story, and narrator to EVERYTHING in my past experience.
The narrator is above average. I wouldn't award her a prize for this reading, but I would recommend her to you.
The story is engaging. It could have gone further, but was well written. Maria is an engaging author.
Let me start off by saying I love Maria V. Snyder. That being said, she should always be paired up with Gabra Zachman. That women is narration genius, she could make your work notes sound interesting. I think Maria's other series, Soulfinders, is why this book has gotten so many mixed reviews. It uses Gabra Zachman, but more about that in the next paragraph.
Jennifer is not a bad narrator, she is just competing in this case with a better narrator. She sounds a bit child-like which is probably fitting for this character. There is not enough inflection in her voice, but overall she is a good narrator and my star rating reflects that. The captured my attention enough to get me from the beginning to the end of this book.
Series Review & A Book You Should Read Before this One:
This book is a follow up to Poison Study, you should start with that book. This is important so I will be repetitive: READ POISON STUDY FIRST! You do not *need* to read both series, but poison study is significantly more interesting. It is also where the main character, Opal Cowen, is first introduced to us. The story lines are a complete split. So if you read one series and then the other, you will not ruin anything for yourself, but I'm telling you to read the other book first for three reasons: 1. So you don't think both series suck and give up. 2. Maria spends significantly more time diving into the world of her characters, describing scenery, and introducing you to the nuisances of this particular magical world in the Poison Study series but not In the Glass series. 3. Gabra is a better narrator than Jennifer Dyck.
Or maybe it is better to read this series first, that way you will be dazzled by the next? Either way don't judge the other series based off this one. Definitely read the Souldfinders series.
This story is a mixture love triangle (which is never truly explored), a magical tale, but primarily it is a muder-mystery-adventure. So it has a little bit of everything for everyone, but the only genres that are explored in-depth are the adventure & magic. So if you loved Magic Study, this book has a similar plot line.
I started reading this series after Amelia Peabody and the Parasol Protectorate so the suspense and questioning of who's who was not described, dramatized, or drawn out enough for me.
Read or Not to read, that is the Question:
So now based off my description I bet you are wondering why I gave it four stars; I was admittedly overly pessimistic to under promise and over deliver.
My final recommendation is to read the book. It IS worth the credit.
Maria V. Snyder is one of my favorite authors, but Jennifer Van Dyck was completely wrong for this series, especially after Gabra Zackman's performance in the Poison series. So disappointed that I won't complete my audio set after Storm Glass.
Go back to reading my paperback copies.
I wish an author would stick to one narrator, especially when the 2 series are set in the same world and use the same characters. It messes with your head to hear beloved characters changed so much - not just in voice, but personality too!
I like the story and the world. Opal is not as strong a character as Yelena and I think her development isn't as realistic and consistent, but it's overall a decent read.
I liked her relationship with the Stormdancer the best.
Pronunciation!!!! Please make it consistent from story to story and narrator to narrator. Some words were unrecognizable, others merely annoying. (Cur-rare, anyone?)
Series Spoiler!!!!! Don't read if you don't want to know what happens!!
I have decided not to continue reading this series because, even though I loved the Yelena series and had high expectations about Opal, I am not going to buy books that depict happy endings for rapists and torturers. I did some googling and synopsis readings - I understand how and why it ended that way, but I respectfully disagree with the creative choices Ms. Snyder made and the impact that has on an audience, especially the younger members. Enough said!