Center Ring Series: Study and Glass Series-es by Maria V. Snyder

I am starting a new thing here on my blog called Center Ring Series...where I spotlight a series in conjunction with an author interview (next post), center ring being in reference to the circus, in case you were wondering ;). This week it is the Study and Glass Series-es (word?) by Maria V. Snyder. I am so excited to be hosting an interview with her on my blog. I hope you enjoy it as well...OH and Maria agreed to donate a wonderful signed copy of Storm Glass for her wonderful fans, you can sign up on her interview blog post. I was given permission to take this information for Maria's wonderful website to share with everyone.

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered a reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust, and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison. As Yelena tries to escape her dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and she develops magical powers she can't control. Her life’s at stake again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear! Read an Excerpt from POISON STUDY, Available now in bookstores. (Trade Paperback $13.95 from MIRA Books 2005 ISBN 978-0-7783-2433-1) You can also find POISON STUDY online now at these online retailers:,, Barnes & Noble., and Borders. 

Yelena is on her way to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago. Although she has gained her freedom, she can't help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways, and her newfound friends and relatives don't think it's for the better. Despite the turmoil, she's eager to start her magical training. But her plans take a radical turn when she becomes involved with a plot to reclaim Ixia's throne for a lost prince, and gets entangled in powerful rivalries with her fellow magicians. If that wasn't bad enough, it appears her brother would love to see her dead. Luckily, Yelena has some old friends to help her with her new enemies. Read an Excerpt from MAGIC STUDY. Available now in bookstores(Trade Paperback $13.95 MIRA Books 2006 ISBN 978-0-7783-2392-18) You can also find MAGIC STUDY online now at these online retailers:,, Barnes & Noble., and Borders.

Yelena's new role as Soulfinder has made the Sitian Council uneasy. Worried that her new powers will corrupt her, the Council debates her fate. Yelena, though is trying to keep Sitia and Ixia from going to war. In the middle of political wrangling, Yelena receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by Ferde, the Soulstealer who murdered eleven girls and has escaped from prison with Cahil Ixia’s help. Cahil believes if he joins with the new Daviian Clan, he will have enough support to regain the Ixian throne. Testing the limit of her skills, Yelena becomes embroiled in the desperate fight to stop Ferde and the Daviian Clan from siphoning enough power to unleash a Fire Warper on the world. That would be worst than war between the northern and southern lands. Especially since, of all the powers Yelena possesses, she couldn't set fire to a candle wick if her life depended on it. And there is more at stake than just her life. Read an Excerpt from FIRE STUDY. Available in bookstores now. ( Trade Paperback $13.95 MIRA Books 2008 ISBN 978-0-7783-2534-5) You can also order FIRE STUDY online now at these online retailers:,, Barnes & Noble., and Borders.

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 into 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 never knew she possessed... powers that might lead to disaster beyond anything she’s ever known. Read an Excerpt from STORM GLASS.  April 28, 2009 from MIRA Books! (Trade Paperback $13.95 MIRA Books 2009 ISBN 978-0-7783-2564-2). You can also find STORM GLASS online now at these online retailers:,   Barnes & Noble, Borders, and  eHarlequin.

Like the colorful pieces of sea glass washed up on shore, Opal has weathered rough waters and twisting currents. But instead of finding a tranquil eddy, Opal is caught in a riptide. Her unique glass messengers which allow instant communication over vast distances have become a vital part of Sitian society. Once used solely by the Councilors and magicians, other powerful factions are now vying for control. Control of the messengers equals control of Sitia. Unfortunately that also means control of Opal. If that isn’t enough of a problem, Opal’s determination to prove blood magic is still being used is met with strong resistance. The Council doubts her, her mentor doubts her, and even her family is concerned. When her world is turned upside down, she begins to doubt herself. In the end, Opal must decide who to believe, who to trust, and who has control—otherwise she will shatter into a million pieces and be swept out by the tide. Read an Excerpt from SEA GLASS. September 1, 2009 from MIRA Books! (Trade Paperback $13.95 MIRA Books 2009 ISBN 978-0-7783-2580-2) You can order SEA GLASS online now at these online retailers:, and Borders.

I have posted a review for Sea Glass on my blog...just scroll down past the blog roll and it will be there.

1 comment:

  1. It's a great interview, and this is really neat, spotlighting all her books.


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