Maria V Snyder

Maria V. Snyder published her first novel Poison Study in 2006, a title which went on to win the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel. Continuing this remarkable fantasy series, Maria soon wrote Magic Study and then Fire Study, which became a New York Times Best Seller. Storm Glass, her fourth title, begins a new trilogy, continuing the magical journey of character Opal Cowen.

Maria changed careers in 1995 from being a Meteorologist to a Novelist when she began working on her first novel, Poison Study. She has also published numerous freelance articles in regional magazines and in local newspapers. Teaching fiction writing classes at the local college gives her the enjoyable opportunity to encourage novice writers and to keep improving her craft.

Maria lives in Pennsylvania with her family. For more information about Maria, please visit www.mariavsnyder.com.

"I don’t do too much advance research or outlining for a story (I’ll research as I go). I tend to come up with a character and a problem and then go from there. The style and setting are my own way of writing and are influenced by my upbringing and experiences.  Characters tend to be people I’d like to have as friends or people I’d like to read about."
Fantasy Book Review interviewed Maria V Snyder in September 2010, read the full interview here.

September 21st 2010 interview with Maria V Snyder

Maria V Snyder published her first novel Poison Study in 2006, a title which went on to win the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel. Continuing this remarkable fantasy series, Maria soon wrote Magic Study and then Fire Study, which became a New York Times bestseller. Storm Glass, her fourth [...]

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Scent of Magic

Avry of Kazan #2 written by Maria V Snyder

The army of the dead are coming… Avry of Kazan, the last Healer of the mystical Fifteen Realms, has a power that can’t be matched. But in the minds of her frie [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 6.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Inside Out

MIRA: Book 1 written by Maria V Snyder

I’m Trella. I’m a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I just do my job and try to avoid the Popula [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 8.2 | 1 positive reader reviews

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Outside In

MIRA: Book 2 written by Maria V Snyder

Trella is a scrub, a nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping inside clean for the Uppers. She does her job and tries to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if s [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 7.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Storm Glass

Opal Cowan Trilogy: Book 1 written by Maria V Snyder

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 gla [...]

Published: 2009

Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Sea Glass

Opal Cowan Trilogy: Book 2 written by Maria V Snyder

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 [...]

Published: 2009

Our rating: 8.6 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Spy Glass

Opal Cowan Trilogy: Book 3 written by Maria V Snyder

After siphoning her own blood magic in the showdown at Hubal, student glass magician Opal Cowan lost her powers. Immune to the effects of magic, Opal is now an outsider loo [...]

Published: 2010

Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Poison Study

The Study Trilogy: Book 1 written by Maria V Snyder

Choose: A quick death...or a slow poison...About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the pa [...]

Published: 2005

Our rating: 8.0 | 4 positive reader reviews

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Magic Study

The Study Trilogy: Book 2 written by Maria V Snyder

Completing her apprenticeship could prove deadly... With an execution order on her head, Yelena has no choice but to escape to Sitia, the land of her birth. With only a yea [...]

Published: 2008

Our rating: 8.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Fire Study

The Study Trilogy: Book 3 written by Maria V Snyder

Yelena's apprenticeship is over - now her real test has begun. When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder - able to capture and release souls - spreads like wildfire, people [...]

Published: 2009

Our rating: 7.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

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