Aug 26, 2010

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

September 1 2010
Trade Paperback
400 pages
Mira Books

Received from NetGalley

Kick Ass Chick – Opal Cowan

From Goodreads

“An undercover mission leads to danger, adventure and an impossible choice. After siphoning her own blood magic in the showdown at Hubal, Opal Cowan has lost her powers. She can no longer create glass magic. More, she’s 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. Until spying through the glass becomes her new power. Suddenly, the beautiful pieces she makes flash in the presence of magic. And then she discovers that someone has stolen some of her blood – and that finding it might let her regain her powers. Or know it could be they are lost forever.”

After reading the first two books in this series, I felt pretty confident that I knew where the story was headed.  And while I was reading “Spy Glass”, Maria V. Snyder’s third and final installment in her Glass’ series, I realized one thing:  Boy, I didn’t know nothin’!

What a ride!  From beginning to end, I was rendered speechless.  If I was a nail biter, I would have chewed them all!

Opal is trying her hardest to deal with the aftermath of what happened at the end of “Sea Glass”.  And who comes to her aid?  Valek!  Yup, Valek from Maria’s ‘Study’ series makes an appearance in the first chapter!  I had forgotten how much I love that character.  Okay, I’m full of it.  How can one forget why they love Valek?  What I mean is that this book has reminded me why Valek is on my favorite characters list and why he was my first literary crush.  He’s funny and smart and sexy and dangerous and…*sigh* What was I saying?  Oh yeah.  *clears throat* Valek trains Opal so she can become a kick ass heroine and break into Fulgor’s maximum security prison.  At least that’s the plan.

Maria visited a prison to research her role, and as with every other time she has put research into something for her writing, you can really tell.  The particulars she includes in Opal’s visits to the prison in Fulgor are incredibly detailed and accurate.

The last few chapters are filled with gut-wrenching suspense.  My brain was telling me not to fret too much because of course Opal will come out fine at the end…but my gut was not listening!  The last section of the book is filled with twists like you would not believe.  Also, the last few chapters remind you that this is NOT a YA title!  There are some pretty graphic scenes and some pretty mature themes going on there!  A true testament to Opal’s character is how strong she remains through it all and how she keeps her wits about her.  She can still put her needs aside to lend a hand and try to save the masses.

In this installment, there are two characters who are actively trying to win Opal’s heart.  Kade and Devlen.  Yup, Devlen.  And after following these lovely characters through three books, I feel one of them just makes sense.  He wants what’s best for Opal.  He reminds her of her worth and doesn’t care whether or not she regains all that she’s lost.  He makes her happy, and isn’t that the most important part?

In the end, “Spy Glass” did not disappoint me at all.  As a third and final installment in a series, it answered all my questions and left a hopeful future for our heroine that I’ve been rooting for for so long.  “Spy Glass” did not end the way I had anticipated, but had a great ending none the less.  I am very happy with how the series concluded.  Opal is content.  She is happy with her place in the world, with her family and with her husband.  Yup, I said husband.  If you’ve read the first two books, I guarantee that you’ll love this one!  Those who are new to this trilogy and who are fans of action / adventure fantasy novels, these books will keep your interest long enough for you to wish for more.  Maria does it again.  Now we just have to wait until her next unique and interesting title come to the bookstore – and hopefully one day we’ll see another series set in the world we’ve grown to love over 6 books.

5 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“I handed him the request.  He snatched it, ripped it open, scanned the words and tossed it onto his desk.  ‘Go,’ he ordered.


‘What?  Am I supposed to hand you the information?’  His tone implied yes would be the wrong answer.

‘Er…’  Wonderful retort.  Opal, the super spy.”


“’Do you have something better to do?  Did I interrupt your moping time?’

‘I’m not moping.’  My voice whined.  Not a good sign.

‘Resting, recuperating, moping, it’s all the same.’  She hauled a kettle filled with water over to the glowing coals in the hearth.

‘No it isn’t.  A lot has happened—‘

She pished at me.  My own mother!”

Be sure to join me tomorrow for my interview with Maria V. Snyder and for a fabulous (and I mean fabulous) giveaway!

  1. I usually don’t read the reviews to books I’m waiting to read, and this is why. Your review was awesome and I can’t possibly get to the store fast enough. I can’t wait to hear from Valek and to see what he has to teach her, but now I NEED to know who she ends up with. GRR..

  2. Nicole – lol. I’m usually the same. But it’s so hard not to read the reviews! 🙂

  3. This review is great. I agree and hope Maria continues the world she’s created with a new series using another character.

    I would love a spin off with Teegan say, 10 years later. As he is most likely to become a master level magician. I would like to see Maria write in a male point of view as well. I think she captures action, and passion incredibly.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the study series. While i loved that Maria continued with the glass series, i was left a little disappointed in the end.

    I think Maria left Opal too content, but at the same time didn’t fill in enough blanks. I didn’t believe the ending and I wish after all that happened in Opals world I did.

  4. Can’t wait to find out if the Study and Glass books continue. I would love it if they did, same length as the rest

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