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 she is sure another man--now her prisoner--has switched souls with Ulrick. 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....
The second installment in Snyder's new Glass fantasy trilogy follows the trite pattern she established in the previous: heroine Opal Cowan struggles to come of age as a glassmaking magician in the two-dimensional environs of Ixia, Sitia, and the Stormdancers' cliffs over the Sunset Ocean. All the while, she endures quest, capture, discomfort and torture, escape-and then does it all over again.and again. Snyder tries to maintain suspense by placing Opal and her indecisive adolescent hormones between hunky Stormdancer Kade and two other boys of interest, Ulrick and Devlen. Snyder's colloquial style jars poorly against her quasi-medieval setting. Ultimately, the plot remains too predictably convoluted to be convincing, and the characters too conventional to be appealing. (Sept.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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September 01, 2009
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