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Spy Glass

Glass Series, Book 3

"Spy Glass" Book 3 by Maria V. Snyder is the thrilling conclusion to Ms. Snyder’s engaging “Glass” series that follows the adventurous exploits of "Glass Magician", Opal Cowan. Wow! What A Simply Amazing Novel and Series as a whole.

How much more can happen to Opal! While I thought that Tricky and Ulrich and even Devlin in the beginning where sinister, Opal's new adversary is so insidiously ruthless that as the novel progressed, I wondered if she would survive her latest obstacles with her mind intact. But I must admit that her resiliency is really one of her character traits that I do so love.

Opal's character is a mixture of Stephanie Plum of the “Plum Mysteries” by Janet Evanovich and Queen Betsy of the “Undead and Unwed” series by Mary Janice Davidson. Like Stephanie Plum, Opal really has a penchant for getting into trouble; all manner of trouble just seems to find her. As with Queen Betsy, Opal sometimes seems way out of her league, but she still manages to step up to the plate when it counts.

No longer in possession of her glass magic abilities, Opal has been reduced to a shell of the once vibrant young woman full of vitality of the previous installments of the series. Not only is the magic that once hummed and sang to her as she worked and fashioned her glass messengers absent, but also Opal's desire to work with anything glass related; that is until an unexpected visit from Valek spurs her to under take a personal mission to reclaim what was stolen from her.

While in the two previous installments there were times when Opal appeared younger than her years, I really liked that the new somber Opal was much more focused and driven in her quest. Ms. Snyder does a great job of displaying the level of maturity that Opal has gained from her previous adventures, during her training sessions with Valek and in her interests in lost children of Sita; excellent progression of the character’s development throughout the series.

I liked how Ms. Snyder uses Opal’s quest and need for answers to keep Devlin ingrained in the story, that he becomes Opal’s mentor while she struggles in coming to terms with the lose if her magic really acts as a foil to re-enforced the romantic triangle between Opal, Kade and Devlin. Even still there were times when I was not sure if Devlin could be trusted. Like Opal, I sometimes expected him to revert back to his manipulations and administrations based on his previous behavior in the previous installments. I found it hard to believe that he had really turned over a new leaf. Unlike in previous installment where Devlin played most of his card close to his chest, this time around his intention are clear as glass regarding his fate and his feeling for Opal; I was happy to see that his intentions where genuine.

Also present in the final installment are the ancillary characters that Opal has meet along her journeys. I really enjoyed that as we meet each of these characters again as the story progresses; they each play significant support roles for Opal. In the past they may have been the point person for a particular event or situation, this time around in “Spy Glass”, they are operating in a support capacity only; Opal has control and call most of the shots. Another quick note; I just love the “Dead Opal” references; Opal’s mother is just too funny.

What a great installment! "Spy Glass" is a coming of age novel for Opal Cowan; as the story progresses she is confronted with the choices she has made in the past, her penchant for indecisions and her struggles to discover who she is, what she wants and ultimately what her purpose in life is.

“Spy Glass”, is a great ending to a terrific trilogy. There’s adventure, mystery and intrigue, romance and a few shockers. I highly recommend it.

Book Blurb for Spy Glass

Award-winning author Maria V. Snyder brings readers into a world of molten magic, where storms can be captured within a glass orb, and a magician's powers can remain hidden-or even be lost....

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 they're lost forever....

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2010 5.00