Written by: Maria V. Snyder
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Pages: 379 (Trade Paperback)
The premise: Terrified of her new abilities and what the Council will do to her when she goes home, Opal seeks out to right Devlin's wrongs and find a way to put their souls in their proper bodies. But things go haywire faster than she anticipated, and Opal soon finds herself under house arrest with no one who'll believe her story. She has no proof for what happened, and it's all she can do to pretend everything is all right. With few, if any, allies, Opal's got to find the truth no matter what it costs.
Must Have: which is a big fat duh if you're already a Maria Snyder fan. Her style is light and smooth and easy to read, and the "modernisms" aren't quite as prominent this time around (in Storm Glass, I found them jarring). If you haven't read her work, however, I suggest starting with either the first book in this trilogy, which is Storm Glass, or--because Storm Glass spoils the events that happen in the Study trilogy--go back to the beginning with Poison Study. There's a part of me that still feels like this is the fifth book of a series instead of the second book in a second trilogy, but I've been told by readers who HAVEN'T read the Study series that they had no trouble with Storm Glass. So, if you're new to Snyder's work: Poison Study or Storm Glass. Take your pick. :)
Those of you who are familiar with Snyder's work and are caught up with the series so far will definitely enjoy this one. I read it in less than a day, and I was really, really pleased with the character development and the choices Opal had to make by the end. ONE IMPORTANT THING: the book LIES when it tells you the next installment comes out in 2011. Snyder's website corrects this and says the next book, Spy Glass, will be out in 2010. Fall 2010? I'm not sure, but I'm very much looking forward to it.
Review style: Stream-of-conscious variety this time. With Storm Glass, I felt the need to break down the book component by component, but not so much here. Expect spoilers. If spoilers don't bother you, feel free to read the full review, which is in my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome. :)
REVIEW: Maria V. Snyder's SEA GLASS
ALSO: I've started a monthly book challenge at my LJ. September's theme is fantasy that takes place in an urban setting, which is not to be confused with the butt-kicking heroine Buffy-lit that's so popular right now. The book my readers chose was Emma Bull's War for the Oaks (1987), so if you're interested in participating, just click here for details!