Storm Glass

Storm Glass by Maria Snyder

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Untrained. Untested. Unleashed. With her unique magical abilities, Opal has always felt unsure of her place at Sitia`s magic academy. But when the Stormdancer clan needs help, Opal`s knowledge makes her the perfect choice — until the mission goes awry. Pulling her powers in unfamiliar directions, Opal finds herself tapping into a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening. Now Opal must deal with plotters out to destroy the Stormdancer clan, as well as a traitor in their midst. With danger and deception rising around her, will Opal`s untested abilities destroy her — or save them all?

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Maria Snyder

A book by Maria Snyder

Country: USA Born: 1969 Maria Snyder was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and from childhood was fascinated by big storms and dreamed of chasing tornadoes. After studying for twelve years in a Catholic school, Snyder then graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. After that, to her great chagrin, Maria discovered that "weather forecasting is not one of her skills." Snyder found work in the environmental field and became an air control specialist. At the same time, Maria began to write stories - mostly science fiction. Several of her articles have appeared in local newspapers and regional magazines. Snyder later received her Master of Arts in Literature (Writing Popular Fiction) from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Maria`s fantastic story about the near future “Protect the Children” was published in the university literary magazine “Eye Contact”. Another story by Maria “The Wizard`s Daily...

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Country: USA Born: 1969 Maria Snyder was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and from childhood was fascinated by big storms and dreamed of chasing tornadoes. After studying for twelve years in a Catholic school, Snyder then graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. After that, to her great chagrin, Maria discovered that "weather forecasting is not one of her skills." Snyder found work in the environmental field and became an air control specialist. At the same time, Maria began to write stories - mostly science fiction. Several of her articles have appeared in local newspapers and regional magazines. Snyder later received her Master of Arts in Literature (Writing Popular Fiction) from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Maria`s fantastic story about the near future “Protect the Children” was published in the university literary magazine “Eye Contact”. Another story by Maria “The Wizard`s Daily Horoscope”, written in the form of a horoscope for typical fantasy heroes, was published in the summer of 2007 in the 11th issue of Black Gate Magazine. In 1995, Maria began work on her first novel, which ten years later became the Poison Study. As Maria says, “The study of food tasting methods under the guidance of her husband, an experienced chocolate taster, turned out to be a welcome plus for the Poison Study.” Upon its release in 2005, the novel earned the author the 2006 Compton Crook / Stephen Tall Memorial Award from the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. The book was nominated for “Locus” -2006, taking 11th place among debutants, and at the “Alex Award” -2006, awarded by the American Library Association, it became a finalist for the “RITA award” -2006 from Romance Writers of America (in the category “best first book ”), As well as several other minor awards such as the 2006 Reader`s Choice Award from the Salt Lake County Library System and Best Paperback of the Year 2006 from Wirral County Schools in the UK. The novel was published in Australia, England, Argentina, Hungary, Spain, Italy, Canada, Mexico, France. The Trial by Poison was the first part of the Study Series. In 2006, the second book of the cycle, "Magic Study" (2006), was published. This novel was a finalist for the Romance Writers of America “RITA award” (in the “Best Paranormal” category). In her research for this book, “Maria made some interesting discoveries. First, if you want to learn how to ride, it is best to do so when you are young and fearless. Second, it doesn`t matter who holds the reins - the horse is still in control ”. The third book in the series "Fire Study" (2008) spent two weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. In preparation for this novel, Maria took lessons from glassblowers to learn how to work with molten glass. She writes: "If you ever see a glassblower at work, you know, it is much more difficult to shape glass than it seems from the outside." Through these lessons, Snyder became the owner of "an extensive collection of deformed paperweights, glasses and bowls." Snyder`s fourth novel, Storm Glass, released in April 2009, kicked off a new fantasy cycle called Glass. The writer says that working on this book brought together two of her favorite themes - weather and glass. As she reports on her website, Maria herself would like to become a Stormdancer and be able to tame the wind - especially during hurricane season. The second book of the series “Sea Glass” was published in autumn 2009. Passion for weather phenomena is reflected in yet another book by the writer “Storm Watcher”. This is a "high school" book that tells the story of a thirteen-year-old boy who is both attracted and terrified by storms. In 2010, Snyder is due out for the teenage sci-fi thriller Inside Out, which the writer hopes will also appeal to adult readers. Maria Snyder is currently working on the third book of the series "Glass", the title of which has not yet been announced. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son and daughter. Keeps a dog at home - a yellow labrador. Maria teaches art writing classes at a local college, "which gives her an enjoyable opportunity to inspire aspiring writers and continue to improve her own craft." Maria received the brown belt from the Isshin-ryu karate school and loves to “act out” difficult fighting scenes in her books. Among her other hobbies, she names reading, playing volleyball, collecting newspaper clippings and traveling. Together with her family, she visited Europe, Canada, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica and spent a week in Beijing.