Maria V. Snyder

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Maria V. Snyder
Born (1973-04-15) April 15, 1973 (age 49)
EducationPenn. State University, B.S. Meteorology; M.A. Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University
Children2, boy and girl

Maria V. Snyder (born April 15, 1973) is an American fantasy and science fiction author best known for her Study Series.


Her first novel, Poison Study, was published in October 2005, won the 2006 Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel,[1] and earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly magazine.[2] The next two books in the series are Magic Study and Fire Study, which continued to follow the adventures of Yelena and Valek. Snyder then released another trilogy of books, the Glass Series. following the character Opal Cowan from the Study Series. The books in the series are Storm Glass, Sea Glass and Spy Glass respectively. Many of the characters from the Study series are also involved in the Glass books. For this series, Snyder enjoyed using her Meteorology degree to create magicians called Stormdancers who can harvest energy from storms.

Her environmental meteorology experience is most evident in her Insider Duology: Inside Out and Outside In. In this science fiction series, the people are living inside a giant metal cube and have lost track of what's outside their world. In order for the people to survive living inside a closed environment, Snyder used her knowledge of air scrubbers and waste-water treatment plants to create a world that is scientifically accurate.

As a mother of two children, Snyder hates when her kids are sick and wishes she could heal them with a touch. This desire led to her Healer Series, where Avry of Kazan can heal people by touching them, however the injury or sickness transfers to Avry, who heals at an accelerated rate. The Healer Series has three books, Touch of Power, Scent of Magic and Taste of Darkness.

In February 2015, Snyder returned to the main characters of the Study Series and released the first book of her next trilogy, the Soulfinder Series. The books in the series are Shadow Study, Night Study and Dawn Study. Her newest series is the Sentinels of the Galaxy Series. The first book, Navigating the Stars was published in December 2018. The second book, Chasing the Shadows was published in December 2019, and the third, Defending the Galaxy was released in December 2020.

Aside from writing, her interests include "traveling, photography, making jewelry, playing the cello, and volleyball."[3]


Chronicles of Ixia[edit]

Study Series[edit]

There are currently three short stories in this series as well; they are listed in the Short stories section, below, with links to on-line copies.

Glass Series[edit]

  • Storm Glass (2009)
  • Sea Glass (September 2009)
  • Spy Glass (September 2010)

Maria V. Snyder has said that 'This is the last Study/Glass book for now. I do see potential in many characters in this world, including Heli (the young Stormdancer), Quinn and Fisk.'[5]

Soulfinder Series[edit]

  • Shadow Study (2015) – also considered as book 4 in the Study series[6]
  • Night Study (2016) - also considered as book 5 in the Study series[7]
  • Dawn Study (2017) - also considered as book 6 in the Study series[8]

Inside Series[edit]

  • Inside Out (2010)[9][10]
  • Outside In (2011)
  • Inside (Collection of both novels in one book)

Healer Series[edit]

  • Touch of Power (2011)[11]
  • Scent of Magic (2012)[12]
  • Taste of Darkness (2013)[13]

Sentinels of the Galaxy[edit]

  • Navigating the Stars (2018)[14]
  • Chasing the Shadows (November 18, 2019)[15]
  • Defending the Galaxy (November 23, 2020)[16]

Archives of the Invisible Sword[edit]

  • The Eyes of Tamburah (2019)[17]
  • The City of Zirdai (2021)[18]
  • The King of Koraha (2021)[19]

Short Stories[edit]

  • Welcome, a near-future mystery story with elements of science fiction (Online)
  • E-Time (Online[permanent dead link])
  • Protect the Children Eye Contact Seton Hill University's literary arts magazine (Online)
  • Poseidon's Island, a short story in TV Gods - Summer Programming (2017)
  • Paint by Numbers, a short story in Strange Magic (2016)
  • Godzilla Warfare, a short story in The Best of Defending the Future 2011 and in No Man's Land 2011
  • Halloween Men, a short story in Halloween: Magic, Mystery and the Macabre (2013)
  • No Man's Land, a short story in Best Laid Plans (2013)
  • Capturing Images, a short story in Bloody Fabulous (2012)
  • Berserker Eyes, a short story in Brave New Love (2012)
  • New Girl, a short story in Spirited (2011)
  • Under Amber SKies, a short story in Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances (2011)
  • The Coldest Game, a short story in Bewere the Night (2011)
  • Sake and Other Spirits, a short story in After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar (2011)
  • Mongrel, a short story in Running with the Pack (2010)
  • Dr. Time, a short story in The Stories in Between (2009)
  • Sword Point, a short story in The Eternal Kiss (2009)
  • Night Vision, a short story in The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance (2009)
  • Assassin Study (2009) ( Online) [Study series #1.5] is a short story about the trouble Valek is involved in while Yelena is in Sitia.[20]
  • Power Study (2008) (Online) [Study series #3.5] is about Ari and Janco as they deal with a Sandseed Magician and a cocky young soldier.[20]
  • Ice Study (2010) (Online) [Study series #3.6] is a prequel to Shadow Study and has a timeline of Yelena and Valek at the end. Yelena and Valek race to stop Owen Moon from stealing the Ice Moon from the Commander's diamond mine.[20]
  • Shattered Glass (eNovella - read an excerpt HERE)
  • The Wizard's Daily Horoscope Black Gate Magazine Issue 11 (Summer 2007) (Online) [20]


  • Storm Watcher[21][22]
  • Choices Can Be Made Again an essay in Divergent Thinking (2014) [20]
  • Dumping the Info Dump an essay in Many Genres One Craft (2011) [20]


  1. ^ "Biography - About Maria V. Snyder".
  2. ^ "Publishers Weekly".
  3. ^ "Seton Hill University :: Faculty :: Maria V. Snyder". Archived from the original on 2015-06-23. Retrieved 2015-06-23.
  4. ^ "Poison Study". Publishers Weekly. 12 September 2005. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  5. ^ News page at (accessed 20-09-2010)
  6. ^ "Shadow Study Excerpt".
  7. ^ "Night Study Excerpt".
  8. ^ "Dawn Study Excerpt".
  9. ^ "Inside Out". Publishers Weekly. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  10. ^ "Inside Out". Kirkus Reviews. 24 June 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  11. ^ results, search (20 December 2011). Touch of Power. MIRA. ASIN 1848450656.
  12. ^ "Scent of Magic (Healer, #2)".
  13. ^ "News And Information".
  14. ^ "Nivagating the Stars".
  15. ^ "Chasing the Shadows".
  16. ^ "Defending the Galaxy".
  17. ^ "The Eyes of Tamburah Excerpt".
  18. ^ "The City of Zirdai Excerpt".
  19. ^ "The City of Zirdai Excerpt".
  20. ^ a b c d e f "Short Stories".
  21. ^ "Storm Watcher". Kirkus Reviews. 28 August 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  22. ^ V., Snyder, Maria (2013). Storm watcher (1st Leap ed.). Powell, Wyo.: Leap Books. ISBN 9781616030339. OCLC 861620724.

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