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  • Shadow Study

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735

Once, only her own life hung in the balance. Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she'd survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands - and protect her relationship with Valek. Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek's job and his life are in danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read in this order to avoid confusion

  • By Kindle Customer on 01-01-16

I didn't expect the ending

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-18

I didn't expect the ending, but in retrospect it makes sense.
It wasn't a huge surprise, but it also didn't feel forced.
And it was interesting continuing the format of Yelena, Jenko, and Valic each having their points of view shown. Much of the time I enjoyed it, it added more to the story, especially since I think If it were all Yelena, it would've been even shorter. But it was also annoying as I wanted the next chapter to finish the mini cliffhanger, not shoot me over to the next country. But I felt that way about each person's chapter so, I guess it was better to have them all in one place instead of multiple books.
Closing thoughts:
This was good, though not quite as compelling as the first three books. But it left me with enough of a desire to keep going. I have to see how it all plays out.
Also, ugh, the commander. I'd always had mixed feelings about him, but I was leaning more toward like than dislike until this book. Never liked the council.

  • Shattered Glass

  • A Glass Series novella
  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

While trying to teach her adopted daughter, Reema, how to work with molten glass, Opal receives a letter from Master Magician Zitora Cowan requesting Opal's immediate help. Zitora resigned from the Sitian Council over two years ago to search for her lost sister, and no one has heard from her since. The letter is probably a trick, but Opal refuses to pass up the opportunity to help her mentor, who may be in genuine trouble. Good thing Opal isn't that easy to fool.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really good but

  • By Lily Mordaunt on 07-16-18

Really good but

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-18

This was really good but, it was weird having Gabra back as the narrator. While I think the other reader sounded a bit old for an early twenties character, I'd gotten used to her.
Other than that, I loved this glimpse into Opal and Devlin's life.
Only thing is, I didn't realize that this should've been read after the fifth Study book, so now I've got to live with the suspenseful ending for two books!
So, while I recommend,I think you should know about the reading oder:First three study books: Poison Study,Magic Study, and Fire Study, then the Poison Study short stories, followed by the Glass books, Shadow Study, Night Study, and this one, before moving onto the final Study book.

  • The Poison Study Short Story Collection

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

From condemned prisoner to food taster for the commander of Ixia, from apprentice to a charismatic assassin to warrior with ever-evolving magical powers, Yelena is a remarkable heroine like none you've ever experienced. Follow her amazing journey through Maria V. Snyder's breathtaking fantasy series, which New York Times best-selling author Mercedes Lackey calls "engaging and entirely original...fascinating in its rich detail".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was cool

  • By Lily Mordaunt on 07-16-18

This was cool

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-18

It was cool getting into other characters heads. And watching the progression of time.
Definitely recommend

  • Spy Glass

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Rebuttal

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-11-14

My favorite of the trilogy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Opal has grown so much.
Many people didn't seem to like what happened with Devlin, but I thought it was natural. In retrospect, I think I may have seen it coming, but it was still a pleasant surprise.
By this point, I loved the interactions with old characters, but also enjoy Opal's story for her. She's grown, both as a person, and on me.
Definitely recommend.

  • Sea Glass

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 540
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the First Book

  • By Amy on 09-16-09

Opal's grown on me

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-18

So much happened in here... and that ending... wow.
One reviewer wasn't happy with Opal's state at the end of the book, but I think it's a really interesting turn. And I can imagine that everything will be resolved in the next one.
And Devlin... he's an interesting one.
If you liked the first book, I recommend this one. I think Opal, and the reader grow on you.I really don't like the council. I get them... sort of. But don't like them.

  • Storm Glass

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting character, no Gabra

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-16-09

Not bad

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-18

I didn't love this as much as the Study series... but that doesn't necessarily mean it was bad. I think I enjoyed being in Yelena'shead so much, that it was weird shifting to Opal.
She was very different, which was good, as she's a different character, and bad, since I'm used to the world from Yelena's perspective.
As for the narrator, I agree that her voice didn't fit Opal, but she wasn't a bad reader. I wish that the pronunciation of words and names were consistent with Gabra Zackman's (hope I'm remembering her name correctly), but it didn't have a problem with the different voices for old characters. We're in Opal's head now, she hears/interprets things differently.
Overall, it was a good story, though not as compelling as Yelena. But it has potential.

  • Bunny and the Bear

  • By: Eve Langlais
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 395

Bears and bunnies aren't supposed to mix, or that's what Chase keeps telling himself when his bouncy new neighbor won't stay out of his business - and his mind. However, the more he gets to know his overly perky neighbor, the more he craves her. It's a desire worse than his addiction to honey and pie.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • How did this narration get approved????????

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-31-17

Entertaining

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-18

First, I liked that the bad-ass secret agent was the woman.
But overall I was very entertained by it all.
I know some people didn't like the voice for Miranda, but I felt it was fitting for the role she was playing. I thought the male voices were a bit odd, but you get used to them.
I read the second book in this series first, and got a very cartoon Disney feel from the villain (which is a good thing, I like most of Disney's villains). Not so much here, but we don't get as much time in the mastermind's head.

I really liked it (as well as the second one).

  • A Demon and His Psycho

  • By: Eve Langlais
  • Narrated by: Mindy Kennedy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337

With a giggle and an outrageous mouth - perfect for things other than talking - Katie comes flying into Xaphan's life, upsetting centuries of self-inflicted misery. How can he stay true to the one he lost when a bubbly psycho, with mismatched eyes, keeps consuming his thoughts - and awakening his desire?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome

  • By jessicamustanggirl on 03-29-16

Good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Good, but not as fun as the first one. I may just be overloading on romance novels, so I didn't really... feel it. But even so, I was still entertained, and enjoyed the reader.

  • Man Hands

  • By: Tanya Eby, Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879

At 34, I'm reeling from a divorce. I don't want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home and post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn's Dips and Balls. But my friends aren't having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I'm still taking a hard pass. Free designer cocktails, they say. And that's a game-changer. Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That's when I lose my mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Romantic Comedy Gold!

  • By bookbruin on 03-15-18

It was good/funny but

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-18

It was good/funny but it didn't pull me in as much as I thought it would.
I read the summary, thought it was interesting, but was really sold from the sample. The girls sounded crazy but fun, and reminded me a little of my own friends.
Each of the characters were believable, but I just wasn't drawn in. I think it maybe that I've overloaded a bit on romance, so now even with a different storyline, it still feels the same.

With that said, I think you should give it a try if it sounds interesting to you. The story was well-written, and I enjoyed both narrators.

  • Magic Study

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,663

With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can't help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways, and her newfound friends and relatives don't think it's for the better....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magic Study

  • By Arnold on 03-07-08

Just as good as, if not better than the first one

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-18

There is character growth, high stakes, sweet romance, family drama, laughter, more magic... basically, everything you need to make a good fantasy book.
IF you read the first book, there should be no question about reading this one. The author keeps up the momentum, so there are never points of boredom.
She also keeps it feeling as realistic as possible, giving every character motivation and personality.
Definitely a new favorite