Thursday, July 28, 2011

Spy glass by Maria Snyder

Published: August 2010
Publisher: Mira
Pages: 424
Copy: Library
Summary: Goodreads

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 st olen some of her blood—and that finding it might let her regain her powers. Or learn if they're lost forever…

Spy Glass is the third and final book in Ms Snyders' second trilogy.  I have been a great fan of hers since I red her first trilogy (Poison Study, Magic Study, Fire Study) and for me, this second trilogy did not disappoint.    The review for the first book Storm Glass is here, and for Sea Glass is here.

What more can I tell you about the series?  I'm glad I'm not Opal!  That poor girl, she just can't seem to catch a break.  Every time I think things are going to settle down a bit for her, something else happens.  I do enjoy the fact that she seems to learn from her experiences, though.  She builds on her knowledge and is learning to accept what happens to her.  She has some difficult decisions to make and for the most part I agreed with them.  Opal is one of those people who inspire loyalty, without knowing that she's doing it.  Some of her friends are amazing - Ari, Janko, Nic and Eve are hilarious, yet capable and provide a bit of lighter humour.  Valek is a scary character, but not in an evil way.  (Check him out in the first trilogy). And Opal's mother - wow, don't disappoint her, or you'll really get the silent treatment.

There's lot's of mystery and adventure with a lovely helping of confusing, but ultimately satisfying, romance and lots of magic, or lack of it.  I think you might just have to read the book to understand that last comment!  Seriously, this is a wonderful series for fantasy fans, with a little bit of everything for everyone and a whole lot of wonderful storytelling.

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