Monday, 22 November 2010

Review: Sea Glass - Maria V. Snyder

Published: September 1st 2009, Mira

Pages: 472 pages, paperback

Acquired: Sent for review by Mira

Summary (from Goodreads): Like the colorful pieces of sea glass washed up on shore, Opal has weathered rough waters and twisting currents. But instead of finding a tranquil eddy, Opal is caught in a riptide. Her unique glass messengers which allow instant communication over vast distances have become a vital part of Sitian society. Once used solely by the Councilors and magicians, other powerful factions are now vying for control. Control of the messengers equals control of Sitia. Unfortunately that also means control of Opal.

If that isn’t enough of a problem, Opal’s determination to prove blood magic is still being used is met with strong resistance. The Council doubts her, her mentor doubts her, and even her family is concerned. When her world is turned upside down, she begins to doubt herself. In the end, Opal must decide who to believe, who to trust, and who has control—otherwise she will shatter into a million pieces and be swept out by the tide.

What I liked: The main thing I love about the Glass series is Snyder’s beautiful way with words. I fell in love with her prose in Storm Glass and she just gets better and better with each book that I read. The writing in Sea Glass is gorgeous and I found myself getting swept away on Opal’s exciting journey.

Opal’s such a great character, so full of life and she really develops brilliantly as the story unfolds. I loved getting to know her in Storm Glass and she’s even more whole and likeable in Sea Glass. I enjoyed Opal’s self-doubt in this instalment as it’s something we can all relate to, even though Opal is trying to get to grips with new-found magical powers I was completely wrapped up in Snyder’s spell and found it easy to suspend my disbelief. I am a fan of strong heroines who aren’t too ‘sassy’ and Opal is a perfect heroine, in my opinion.

I’m definitely a fan of both Lief and Kade and am glad they received more attention in Sea Glass. I loved how the love triangle (square?) panned out and Opal’s confusion was great – another testament to how Snyder can create real characters in unreal situations and still make everything completely believable.

What I didn’t like: My main criticism is that Sea Glass felt a little too short in the action for the story to really be developed to its full potential. It seemed as though the first couple of hundred pages were a little slow and drawn out, then when the action really began the book ended a little abruptly. Of course, there is a third instalment in the series so I’m just glad I had Spy Glass on hand ready to start right away!

First line: ‘Worry and dread clawed at my stomach.’

Read if you liked...: Fire – Kristin Cashore

Rating:
Plot: 3/5
Writing: 4/5
Characters: 3/5
Cover: 4/5
Total: 14/20 (C)

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