Sea Glass – Maria V Snyder

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.

Goodreads rating: ✮✮✮✮ (4 stars)

My rating: ✮✮✮ (2.5 stars)

We follow Opal’s story after fighting in the Mountains, and dealing with the consequences of her actions by not following orders or doing what she has been told. We get to see Opal’s relationship with Kade develop, as well as her friendship with Janco, as well as other characters. Opal changes from a character who has no faith in herself or her abilities, into a character who has to survive and decide between who is telling the truth and who wants her dead. I enjoyed this book more than the first book, but I still have some issues worth putting in a review.

I like Opal. I think she offers a different view of Ixia and Sitia compared to Yelena, and I think that these books would make a brilliant series if Snyder wasn’t trying to make Opal into Yelena.

  • Both Opal and Yelena have feared the magicians council, and being exiled. Both have also had guards at one point or another in their journey.
  • Both characters fall out with their mentor; Yelena with Master Jewelrose, and Opal with Master Cowan
  • The two series’ have characters immune to magic; Valek and Opal
  • Yelena has Ari and Janco, and Opal has Nic and Eve (both sets of friends seem to behave like siblings)

I also felt that Opal acted very childish when dealing with the magical council, and thought she could have handled everything better. I understand that she felt like everyone was turning against her or wanted to make her a prisoner, but I thought she could have behaved more like an adult (with her being 20) and less like a teenager.

Despite all of this, I am looking forward to the wedding between Mara and Leif, and what the third book has in store for Opal. Plus I am looking forward to getting back to Yelena in the soulfinder series!!

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