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Storm Glass (Glass #1) by Maria Snyder

storm  Storm Glass (Glass #1) By Maria Snyder.  Published July 30, 2013by Harlequine Mira.  CDN $3.99 Kindle version.

Award-winning author Maria V. Snyder brings readers into a world of molten magic, where storms can be captured within a glass orb and a magician’s powers can remain hidden…until challenged by enemy forces.

As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowan understands trial by fire. 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 from happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap into a new kind of magic. Yet 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 her powers…powers that could lead to disaster beyond anything she’s ever known. (Goodreads Excerpt)

Wow, what can I say? The last Maria Snyder book I read was The Poison Series, which was absolutely amazing.  She has such a talent for creating new worlds that you just fall into and can’t get enough. I love anything magic and this book was amazing!  I love Opal. She was so genuine and real.  She makes mistakes, she isn’t a great magical talent but it doesn’t bring her down. She is definitely unique.  And her penchant for getting into trouble is very entertaining indeed.  Can we say drama magnet?  Lol Oh and there is lots of romance to boot!

5 stars for me! Loving Maria Snyder again!

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Taste of Darkness (Healer #3) by Maria V Snyder

Taste of Darkness (Healer, #3). Taste of Darkness (Healer #3) by Maria V Snyder. Published Dec 31, 2013 by Harlequin MIRA. CDN $8.67 Kindle edition.

She’s fought death and won. But how can she fight her fears? Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he’s gone forever. But there’s a more immediate threat: The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry’s healing powers are needed now more than ever. Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision (Goodreads excerpt)

I have to say that I am a big fan of Maria Snyder. She knows how to weave a great tale and keep you enthralled until the end. Her characters are so enjoyable and real that you have no choice but be swept away by their story and hang on every word to find out what happens. Taste of Darkness did not disappoint… other than the fact that it is over I loved every minute of reading it.

What else is there really to say about the end of the trilogy? It continues to amaze and delight, full of engaging twists and turns…I love the new Flea and his power (minor spoiler sorryJ) The newest foe to enter the realm is scary and twisted and really really gross! I won’t say any more. I’m glad I got to see a little more of little Danny and how he is faring with his new life.  And of course I enjoyed seeing Avery and Kerrick grow together despite his little issues that derived from the last book. (again no spoilers!)

I have to say this is one of my favorite stories. My only issue is that the chapters were not identified with the POV of the character. Sometimes this got a little confusing and I had to reread the first paragraphs to know who was talking. Other than that I’m a big fan.

5 stars for me!

 

Teaser Tuesday (July 8)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

Cold air caressed my back. I rolled over, muttering at Kerrick for hogging the blanket, but stopped. Something felt …odd, wrong, missing. Opening my eyes, I confirmed the emptiness next to me. Kerrick was gone.

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Taste of Darkness (Healer, #3) Taste of Darkness (Healer #3) by Marie V Snyder

I love this series.  I am about half way through this last book and holy cow it is amazing.  I love Maria Snyder.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

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Scent of Magic (Healer #2) by Maria V Snyder

Scent of Magic (Healer, #2) Scent of Magic (Healer #2) by Maria V Snyder.  Published  Dec 18, 2012 by Harlequin MIRA. CDN $ 8.79 Kindle Edition.

As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of her friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomanical King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confident, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

Though she should be in hiding, Avry will do whatever she can to support Tohon’s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet; an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.

War is coming and Avry is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible … again. (Goodreads excerpt)

I absolutely love this story. I am a big fan of Maria Snyder and this continues to delight to no end. I love how she pulls you in so completely to the story that you don’t want to leave. Her characters are so real that you want need to know what happens next. The story is full of action and intrigue and it keeps you guessing around every turn. The story is very original and is a page turner from start to finish.

This book is a little different from the first in that you see both Avry and Kerrick’s POV. It threw me a bit at the beginning because Avry’s part is written in the first person but Kerrick’s is in the third. I got over it quickly and enjoyed the back and forth. I’m a fan of two points of view. You get to see more of Avry on her own as well as Kerrick (which is nice) and less of the romance (not so nice) that the first book had. I’m hoping that we get back to the romantic part of their relationship in the next book.

Overall this was an excellent sequel. I try not to say too much in my reviews especially of sequels. I don’t want to give any spoilers, so here it is in a nutshell…

Awesome, intriguing, engaging and fun story with lots of twists and turns and OMG’s! And what is not to like with all the magic and mystery and cool characters fighting for a life or death battle of good vs evil!

In case you haven’t figured it out…5 stars for me!

impossible … again. (Goodreads excerpt)