"I can drain a magician of his powers. All I nee d is a glass orb in my hands...."
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 another man - now her prisoner - claims Ulrick's desire for blood magic has eclipsed his passion for her.
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.
©2009 Maria V. Snyder; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
Although, I liked this book better than the first in the series, there are still things that continue to bother me as a listener.
The story finally managed to engage me, and for the latter half of the book, I wanted more. The narration is just bottom rung though. Words are still mispronounced, all the men sound the same, like dim-witted, slow-talking morons. Also, I still have issues with characters from the Study series not having the same voice, or for that matter accent. (Irish, British, English, etc.)
The story gets a 4, but I recommend reading the book itself rather than listening to the audio version.
Sea Glass is basically a coming of age adventure. Although Opal has literally been to hell and back from the age of 14 to her present age of 20, she has still not quite shed her mental baby fat or fully realized her own self worth as the story begins. Rest assured, she will be lean and mean in every way that counts by adventure's end. There are magical twists and turns that you will not see coming, so pay close attention. It's a wild ride.
I read the book before I listened to this audio production and I would recommend that any serious fan of the series do the same. The book carries a much higher impact and will hold your interest from cover to cover. Due to Opal's magical condition at stories end, which I will not spoil for you, I have no desire to read anymore stories in this series; you may feel differently when you get there.
Narration is the weak point in this audio production. In spite of Maria V. Snyder's best efforts to write powerful and inspiring dialog for the new and improved Opal, Jennifer Van Dyck insists on whispering Opal's words in choppy disjointed sentences. The girl ends up sounding like she might have some firm convictions but, then again, only if the listener agrees with her. Even when Opal nearly shouts, Van Dyck whispers. I have no idea why she down played the part that way, but she certainly spoiled the story for me.
I give the story 4 Stars, but can only give the Audio Production 2 Stars.
The attraction to this book is the strong female character.
Fantasy genre books for young girls is very important. Ones which shows the "heroine" having independent thought and self direction.
No explicit sex scenes, but main character is fine with casual sex with various men.
So, I classify this book for adults 18+, but the gook is targeted at 11 and 12 yr old girl readers..
Regardless, the plot progresses pretty slowly and the reader does not help.
In light of so many other better books choices, this one is a waste of time.
I listened to this story because of the narrator but was about to buy the previous because I liked the story. Then I listened to the critics and real wonder. I love Jennifer Van Dyck reading style because the emphasis is on the story not theatrics. She puts feeling into the story but the authors story is what she is relating.
I love this story Maria V. Snyder has a good story and I think Jennifer Van Dyck does a great job of delivering it.
Now I am going back and buying the other books in the series.
I am Who I am; and you are Who you are...so lets leave it at that.
When I first readed the summary of the book it interested me. When I started it I could not stop listening. You love the story the narrator and the characters. Its full of adventure.
I have to agree with Amy: it is very distracting to listen to a narrator who mispronounces common words and has the tendency towards making some characters sound so much like others that it's difficult to distinguish who is who.
As far as the story itself, this series is a poor relation to the first (the Study series). It's almost as if the author reworked the Glass series from the Study series.
This book was so good, and shone just like the rest in the series. Some series, the other books don't match or measure up to the first, but these did! Read them, you WILL like them.
This story reads like an outline for a television series. "In this episode, our heroine visits her sister and is rude to a guard. In next week's episode, the heroine's boyfriend appears and, *wink* *wink* *nudge* *nudge*, she gets a little stress relief." The whole thing feels like exposition, but when I reached part two of the story, I realized that the author thinks she's telling a story. I've read stuff like this from my teenage students who deliver narration in the "and then this happened, and then this happened, and then this happened..." listing narrative style. It's weak. It's immature. It is dull and certainly not engaging.
By the second part of the book I felt I was still in the exposition. If there's a central conflict here, it's not clear. She's fighting "the council," some nebulous organization of magicians or governors or maybe company managers for a city or a state or a nation or maybe a world... Something like that. She's out to stop blood magic, or Devlin, or someone else she drained of magic, or the people who kidnapped her in some previous book, or help the weather magicians, or fight the woman who is fibbing about her brother, although that woman gives her some sound advice, so is she friend or foe? Well, the listener is best advised to take a page out of the heroine's book and not think to deeply about any of this. This is certainly the most vapid and insipid little heroine I've ever encountered. She doesn't plan. She doesn't think. She just has shallow reactions to the inexplicable actions of the flat characters that surround her. I don't hate her; I just don't care.
I can forgive the narrator for not being engaged in the story, but the narration here doesn't help. The story sounds like it's being delivered like a joke. The reader says nearly every sentence with the same cadence, a slow start and a clipped ending.
I should have learned by now to look up whether or not Harlequin is involved in publishing an audiobook before I purchase.
I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!
I love the Study series; so, I really want to like this series, but I just do not like the Glass series. The Glass series follows the adventures of Opal Cowan, the Glass Magician. Opal???s unique abilities to create a fast communication network as well as siphon other magician???s powers make her a highly desired commodity. Clearly, no one wants their personal value to rest solely on what they can do. They also want it to rest on who they are, and Opal is no different. Synder creates a strong character with Opal and her inner struggles are with universal concepts to which we can all relate, and she gets into a lot of trouble. Synder even brings in some loved characters from the Study series such as Janko. Sounds interesting right? Nope. Opal is boring. Her love interest, Kade, is super boring. Even Yelena (protagonist of the Study series) is boring. I do not really know how it happened. This should be a fantastic book. It has all of the elements, and it is better than the first book in this series. But it seems repetitive and I feel like I have read it all before. The boring life of Opal Cowen is highlighted by the lackluster narration. Van Dyck is irritatingly inconsistent with accents. While Van Dyck???s performance is average, I disagree with other reviewers. The narration is not hard to follow. It is just slightly to moderately irritating.
I am really, really liking this author. This is the second book in the Glass trilogy. It did ,for me, seem a little confusing at times with a couple of characters (love interests and swapped identities). As I have said in several of my reviews, I like to read along while listening and I don't have these in print,YET. The story on a whole was very interesting and was tied into the first book very well.A little extra for those interested, her website has maps of the Magician's Keep and The Territory of Ixia that made that aspect of the story less confusing. I guess I'm a visual as well as audio girl.Ms.Snyder also has a few short stories on the site that tie in with her books. Check it out!! I can't wait for the next book in the series, Spy Glass, due out at the end of Sept. beginning of Oct. It WILL be another Audible purchase.
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