Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Storm Glass description:
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.
While this is a separate series, and Snyder does a good job of filling in explanations when it does reference the Study series, it would definitely ruin the series for you to read this before it. And Poison Study is too good to be spoiled like that, so read that trilogy first and then come here. Opal is very different from Yelena, and so it made this book very much its’ own thing. Opal is unsure of herself and her powers, a little whiny to begin with about it, but there’s a lot of growth for the character in here. I loved all the characters from Study coming back, and it was great meeting new people as we went. Some of the things about the new characters felt a bit predictable, but the plot definitely managed to pull off a lot of surprises so I felt that balanced it out rather well. Altogether, I’m snatching up the next book as quick as I can.