By Maria V. Snyder
Published on: April 2009
Summary taken from Goodreads.com:
As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it's time to test her mettle. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan's glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers—particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade—require Opal's unique talents to prevent it happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap in to a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening. And the further she delves into the intrigue behind the glass and magic, the more distorted things appear. With lives hanging in the balance—including her own—Opal must control powers she hadn't known she possessed…powers that might lead to disaster beyond anything she's ever known.
Can Maria V. Snyder do any wrong? I loved the Poison Study series and was very excited when I realized that this series was a spin- off of the first. I love Opal Cowen! In the Poison Study series she seemed like a pushover. I was surprised that this series was completely about Opal- mainly because she seemed like a little leaf that would crumble at the first sight of danger. Boy was I wrong! I love how Opal's character evolved and how the last chapters in Fire Study really changed who she was.
I loved seeing how Opal grew up. Although she had performed many selfless acts, Opal was still a very selfish and inward focusing person. I loved how she both came out of her shell, and started to look more at the people around her.
I need more Kade! I am dying to get the next book so I can find out what happens with this relationship! This was a book where I wanted to shake Opal and say "Can't you see who really cares about you? Stop making stupid decisions!" I hope that I will find out more about Kade and Opal's relationship in the second book.
To be vague, certain parts of the book made me really angry. I have noticed a theme in both of these series about HOW women are mistreated- and it makes me upset. After some thought though, I know that being upset at a book is a good thing- I am supposed to be upset. It means that the book is changing me and affecting me- a great thing!