All I kept thinking about as I read this book was Terry Goodkind's "Sword of Truth" series...it kept flashing into my head. I know Opal isn't the prodigal magician come home, but their stories resonated together for me. Maybe it was all the traveling around or that, like Richard, Opal discovers who she really is and stands up for herself and whats right. I had to push myself through the beginning, Opal doesn't have the same spark that Yelena did with me but, once I got in a little ways I started to feel the pull of an expertly crafted plot line. I love the twists and turns Snyder throws into her work, you think that you are going one way and then, BAM, there is a brick wall and you are in total shock. It was amazingly done and fits perfectly with the rest of her work. I am glad Opal discovered her back bone, sad about her glass magic but, I know we will see more of her, I can't wait until the next book comes out.
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I give this book 5/5 stars. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★