Epic in scope, yet rich with minute details of character and setting, the
second book in Snyder's Glass series
is a delight. Opal's first-person viewpoint is fresh and often funny, and it keeps the reader engaged in her adventurous story.
Student glass magician Opal Cowan's recently discovered power -- she can steal another magician's abilities -- makes her a threat, as far as elders at the Citadel are concerned. Ordered to return, Opal ignores the council's edict, knowing that if she obeys, she's certain to be confined, perhaps indefinitely.
Instead, Opal travels with her friend Janco to the Moon Lands, hoping to find Ulrick, the man she loves. Ultimately unsuccessful, Opal returns to face her fate -- only to meet Kade, the Stormdancer she has been unable to forget, once more. His clan requires Opal's help, and she agrees to give it, but their path is a perilous one. The elders at the Citadel are not the only ones who wish to possess Opal and her talents. For whoever has control of Opal's glass messengers also controls the kingdom. (MIRA, Sep., 384 pp., $13.95)