Monday, April 6, 2015

Review: Spy Glass (Glass #3) by Maria V. Snyder

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Warning: Contains spoilers for Storm Glass and Sea Glass! I

Title: Spy Glass (Glass #3)
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Publish Date: September 1st 2010

"An undercover mission leads to danger, adventure and an impossible choice.

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 looking in, spying through the glass on those with the powers she once had. Powers that make a difference in the world.

Suddenly the beautiful pieces she makes begin to flash in the presence of magic and Opal learns that someone has stolen some of her blood. Finding it might let her regain her powers or discover that they're lost forever..."

StoryLine: Ok, I'm going to admit, I don't really like the way this book ended. The outcome was definitely not what I was expecting after reading the last 2 books, but became the obvious outcome over the course of the book. I was slightingly worried that this was a possibility based on something that happened at the end of Spy Glass, but really thought that it wouldn't. Well it did. Snyder added a lot of "evidence" to support it throughout the book, but it mostly just added to the unbelievability of it.

Instead of getting lost in the story and accepting what happens, the supporting details that went toward that end sort of pulled me to the surface level and made me see that this is how the author created it to happen, if that makes any sense. Sort of like how when you're watching a movie, and you almost forget that you're watching a movie because you're so into it. But then theres some bad acting and you sort of come to and see it as a movie and aren't as engrossed any more. I did come to peace, so to say, with the ending, but I still wish it would have turned out differently.

Characters: We get to see a lot of Valek in this installment, which is always good. We also get to see some other old favorites, as well as learn some more about certain minor characters. There's a few new characters as well, and my favorite, Fisk. I'm telling you, Fisk needs more "screen" time. His character is interesting, and I always want to know more. Some of my favorite characters are either totally, or almost totally, absent, which I didn't like.

Parting Thoughts: While I didn't like the outcome of this books, I know so people will. And the ending aside, the book was pretty enjoyable.

3.5/5 Stars

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  1. This sounds good! I'll have to take a look at the first two books in the series and catch up!

  2. I need to check up the first book. I suspect I have read Ms. Snyder and enjoyed her previously, and I don't quite know how I missed this series... In any case, your lovely, well-written review has opened my eyes! Great job :)

    1. Maria V Snyder's world building is so deep and complex, it's definitely worth checking out!


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