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Review: Sea Glass (Glass #2)

Maria V Snyder - Sea Glass

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.

*There may be spoilers for Storm Glass, the first book in this series, in this review.*

Sea Glass is the second book in the Glass series and continues to follow Opal’s adventures in Sitia. She went through a lot in the first book and in this book, she goes through even more terrible stuff. To be honest, this book did get a little repetitive as it dredged up similar plot lines to Storm Glass. I was hoping for more as I read Sea Glass, but it definitely suffers as the middle book of the series. It’s not all bad, but it didn’t blow me away at all.

The plot in this book focuses a lot more, if that’s possible, on Opal’s glass messengers. Lots of different people want control over them and some want control of Opal’s magic. And it’s not just the “bad guys” that are trying to control Opal. She has to worry about the council too, because they don’t trust her that much, especially as she disobeys orders a lot at the beginning of this book so that she can go and find Ulrick. Still, the Ulrick story line is really interesting, especially the parts that involve Devlen. Another thing that I personally enjoyed in this book was that you hardly even know who the true villains are. Not only does it change from book to book throughout the series, but it also changes within each book quite a bit. So, although the plot does drag sometimes, it can also be pretty good.

In my opinion, one of the best things about this series are the characters. There are a lot but it’s not hard to keep track of them at all, even if they do disappear for half the book. Opal is our heroine and, as main characters go, she’s a pretty interesting one. She definitely knows her own mind and will happily go and do the right thing instead of doing what she’s ordered too. Also, she’s ready to do everything herself and not bother other people with her problems. However, that can be a flaw and it often is in this series, as is her tendency to be to trusting.

Then again, her trusting nature means that are plenty of other characters that we get to know well, such as Nic and Eve. They’re a couple of guards who end up helping Opal out quite a bit, and their banter is so much fun. It’s quite reminiscent of Ari and Janco in the Study series.Talking of Janco, he turns up to help Opal a lot in this book, and their relationship is awesome. It’s kind of similar to Janco/Yelena, but it’s also different so whenever they’re travelling together in the book, it’s really awesome.

There are lots of little things in the book that I like as well. I mentioned the glass blowing in my review of Storm Glass, so I won’t fangirl about that here. What I will say is that the magic in this book is still awesome, and the fact that everyone has a different way of using it. And it’s always fun reading about Janco ranting about his hatred for magic.

Overall, the book was okay, but it could have been a lot better if it didn’t reuse some plot points so much.

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